Research Fellow in Ferroelectric Materials

University of Leeds - Faculty of Engineering, School of Chemical & Process Engineering

Contract Type: Fixed Term (Up to 3 years, to end by 31 January 2021 (external funding))

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in fabrication, characterization and modelling of ferroelectric materials? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities? 

This is an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to research at the leading edge of ferroelectric materials discovery, joining an EPSRC–funded collaborative project between Professor Andrew Bell’s Group in Leeds and that of Professor Matt Rosseinsky at the University of Liverpool. This experimentally based project seeks to develop a toolbox of techniques to understand the complex relationship between the local and average structures of ferroic oxide solid solutions and their functional properties. The tools will then be applied to design and develop new materials for demanding applications, including lead-free piezoelectric ceramics for high temperature operation and novel multiferroic compounds. The programme will employ the most advanced tools in structure determination at DIAMOND and SuperSTEM, complemented by a comprehensive suite of functional property characterization tools in Leeds and Liverpool. The project is also supported by several industrial partners including Thales UK Ltd and Ionix Advanced Technologies Ltd

Holding a PhD (or close to completion) in Materials Science or a closely allied discipline, you will have a strong background in experimental structural characterization techniques, employing scattering and/or microscopy techniques. You will also have experience of complex oxide fabrication and characterization, with a strong emphasis on advanced structure determination techniques, using either X-ray/neutron scattering and/or electron microscopy, and experience of the interpretation of experimental data for advanced crystal structure determination, such as Rietveld refinement or pair distribution function analysis.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Andrew Bell, School of Chemical and Process Engineering 

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2370 or email:


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