Research Associate/Research Fellow in Innovative Materials Processing Using Non-Equilibirum Plasmas

The University of Manchester - Science and Engineering

Two positions – a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Grade 6) and a Fellow (Grade 7), are available for outstanding and ambitious surface engineers to undertake research in the field of ‘Innovative Materials Processing Using Non-Equilibrium Plasmas’, particularly in Electrolytic Plasma Processing of advanced engineering materials with focus on development, characterisation and evaluation of novel multifunctional metal-ceramic composite materials and structures.

You should have, or be close to completion of, a PhD or equivalent in Materials Science & Engineering, Electrochemistry, Solid-State or Plasma Physics (Research Associate) and should additionally have experience in postdoctoral research with strong track record of publications (if applying for the Research Fellow position). Expertise is essential in electrolytic plasma processing of light-weight metallic materials and complex shape components and one or more adjacent research fields, including physics and chemistry of in-liquid plasmas; process modelling, diagnostics and control; advanced microstructural and chemical characterisation (HR SEM, TEM, EBSD, X-CT, XRD and EDX analyses); multiscale mechanical evaluation (e.g. by instrumented indentation, residual stress measurement and in-situ micromechanical testing techniques); testing of protective (e.g. tribological, anti-corrosion, thermal-physical and dielectric) and functional (e.g. biological, catalytic and electronic) properties of surface engineered materials and nanostructures. You should be capable of working under your own initiative and leading a small research team, so excellent communication and organisational skills are also required.

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CV's or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Allan Matthews


Name: Dr Aleksey Yerokhin


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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