Research Fellow - Materials for Lightweight Rail Technologies


Location: Coventry
Salary: £29,799 to £38,833 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 1st March 2018
Closes: 29th March 2018
Reference: 1717047

Fixed Term Contract for 24 months (two posts available)

You will contribute to the growing innovation programme in lightweight rail technologies within WMG at The University of Warwick. Following successful completion of a number of projects within the light rail arena, there now exists an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic materials engineer/scientist to work on forthcoming rail vehicle programmes. An important theme of these programmes is innovation in the rail industry via technology transfer.

You will work in a multi-disciplinary team to perform manufacturing and materials related research in order to deliver the aims of the programme. Whilst rail industry experience is not a pre-requisite for the role, a knowledge of the specific challenges faced by the rail industry would be advantageous. You will have experience of specifying, testing, manufacturing and simulation of a variety of engineering materials applicable in the light rail sector. Experience of manufacturing processes in an industrial context is desirable. You will have an ability to actively engage with industry collaborators and project partners. The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of materials, component and system simulation e.g. Finite Element Analysis.

You will hold a PhD, ideally in an area relating to modelling and/or testing of lightweight materials, and will be expected to plan and instigate research activities, demonstrate independent and team working skills and deliver precise reports in a timely and professional manner. In return, we will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£28,936). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (£29,799).

For an informal discussion related to this role please contact Dr Darren Hughes (

Closing date: 29 March 2018

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role are found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick jobs page. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button below.