Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed term)

University of Nottingham

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Location:  University Park

£30,487 to £45,585
per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £33966 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Closing Date:  Monday 27 November 2023
Reference:  ENG537523

The Advanced Materials Group within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham has world-leading expertise in the selection, manufacture and performance assessment of materials for engineering components operating in aggressive environments. This is based on developing a sound understanding of the relationships between material characteristics (e.g. composition and microstructure) and performance. 

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate/Fellow to work, as part of a team, on a research project in collaboration with Rolls-Royce under the supervision of Prof Philip Shipway. The focus of the research will be on microstructural and tribological characterisation of stainless steel-based hardfacings with a focus on assessment and understanding of their galling performance for deployment in critical components within power generation systems.

Applicants must hold (or be about to obtain) a PhD in engineering or related physical science area (for example in materials science/engineering, mechanical engineering, a physical science or another relevant discipline). Excellent knowledge of, and practical skills in, the following are essential: (i) microstructural characterisation of engineering materials; (ii) characterisation of surface and sub-surface degradation of engineering materials due to wear. A track record of research in the area of characterisation or performance of stainless steels or hardfacings is also essential. The candidate must also possess excellent communication skills in English (both orally and in writing), suitable for the preparation of scientific reports and presentations to the industrial sponsor. 

The University of Nottingham is committed to providing competitive employment packages whilst supporting the well-being of our staff to help them reach their full potential. As a University employee, you will have access to the resources of the university as well as a range of benefits and rewards, including staff discounts and travel schemes and a highly attractive pension scheme. 

This post is available from 1st December 2023 and is offered on a fixed term contract until 31st May 2024. Job share arrangements may be considered. We would like the candidate to be in post by 2nd January at the latest due to time restrictions.

To understand more about our application process and how to complete a criteria-based application form please visit the University of Nottingham Candidate Guidance .

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Philip Shipway, email [email protected] Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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