Research Associate in Fabrication and Characterisation 2D Material Nanocomposites

The University of Manchester - School of Materials

Closing Date : 04/09/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : As soon as possible until 31st March 2018
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
School/Directorate : School of Materials
Division : Materials 
Hours Per week : 1 FTE
Salary : £31,076 to £32,004 per annum
Location : Sackville Street, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-010461

DISCOVERER is a Horizon 2020 funded programme in the Future and Emerging Technologies theme. It envisions a radical redesign of Earth observation platforms for sustained operation at significantly lower altitudes than the current state of the art, using a combination of new aerodynamic materials, aerodynamic control and atmosphere-breathing electric propulsion for drag-compensation, for a variety of observation methods with the aim of creating a new platform paradigm. This vision requires foundational research in spacecraft aerodynamic characterization, in material aerodynamics and atomic oxygen resistance, in electric propulsion, and control methods. The 4¼ year programme, led by the University of Manchester, involves the development, build and use of a new rarified-flow, atomic oxygen wind tunnel for materials testing, and will culminate in the launch of CubeSat to test aerodynamic materials and control strategies which will be operated from the University. 

One of three post-doctoral research positions at the University funded by DISCOVERER, this role will focus on the development of new polymer nanocomposites containing 2D materials as nanofillers. Exfoliated nanosheets will be incorporated into polymer nanocomposites using controlled assembly techniques to control surface morphology and so promote resistance to atomic oxygen and specular reflection. Under the guidance of Dr Edmondson and Dr Haigh, you’ll be working with a variety of consortium members to develop the nanocomposites and conduct detailed materials characterisation before and after exposure in a new rarified-flow atomic oxygen wind tunnel.

There is a possibility of extension to 31 December 2019 dependent on adequate performance.

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:

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: Dr Steve Edmondson


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

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

Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website - click on the 'Apply' button below to find out more.

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