Post-doctoral Research Associate in Composite Materials

University of Derby

(Fixed Term 36 months)

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At the University of Derby, people are at the heart of everything we do. As a major, local employer we not only offer one of the region’s most competitive reward packages, but we are also constantly recognising and rewarding individual contribution, as well as helping to develop colleagues both personally and professionally. We take pride in being a really friendly, supportive and innovative workplace and we are genuinely committed to offering colleagues the opportunity to develop a fantastic, long-lasting career here with us.

We encourage applications from a diverse workforce who can help us achieve our desire to be the ambitious student’s natural choice for quality, support and achievement.

About the role

A Post-doctoral Research Associate is sought to work on the European Horizon 2020 SSUCHY Project. The SSUCHY (Sustainable Structural and Multifunctional Biocomposites from Hybrid Natural Fibres and bio-based polymers) Project aims to contribute to the development of bio-based composite products with advanced functionalities and high structural properties for transportation sectors and in high value market niches. It aims at exploiting the intrinsic and differentiating properties of plant fibres and bio-based polymers to develop and enhance the functionalities of bio-based composites and thus to diversify their applicative sectors. It will offer opportunities to expand market applications for bio-based composites to semi-structural applications in transportation area (automotive and aerospace) and create new opportunities in high value market niches such as acoustic & electronic sectors. Enhanced functionalities are, in addition to load-bearing resistance and weight reduction of structures, enhanced durability, vibration damping, vibro-acoustic control and fire retardancy. Such developments would provide to the composite industry a significant value and functions added products with high socio-economic impacts and minimized environmental impact.

The successful applicant will be based at Lonsdale House (University of Derby) and will present at various international conferences during the course of the project and meeting with the other European research partners. This opportunity to gain further experience in practical composites manufacturing, computational modelling and material testing, will allow the researcher to develop transferable skills making them well equipped to find employment in either academia, or in the composites manufacturing sector after the project.

The successful applicant will ideally have specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of CAD, numerical analysis (e.g. Finite Element Analysis), programming languages and composites materials testing.

This position has funding for up to 3 years and is available from 1 September 2017 (subject to finalisation of contract). 


  • Accessible location; Derby is a thriving, multi-cultural city with easy access from any location within the UK
  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Competitive, family friendly reward packages
  • Opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme
  • Discount savings scheme and extensive staff discounts on accredited courses for yourself or family to study here at the University
  • Cycle2Work scheme and subsidised travel
  • Vast programme of training courses and secondment opportunities
  • Local recognition scheme

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