Research Associate

University of Cambridge - Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 8.5 months in the first instance.

A Research Associate is sought to work on an EU Horizon 2020 project, Advanced Superconducting Motor Experimental Demonstrator (ASuMED,  This project seeks to develop a fully superconducting motor prototype suited to future electric aircraft. The Research Associate will work in the Applied Superconductivity and Cryoscience Group (ASCG) in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy which is a core partner and one of 10 partners in the project consortium. Other partners include Oswald Elektromotoren, Rolls-Royce and Karsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT).

The role of ASCG in the project is to develop superconducting composite permanent magnets (SCPMs) as rotor field poles for motors and demonstrate their feasibility in a prototype test rig. The magnets take the form of stacks of high temperature superconducting (HTS) tape which once magnetised produce a persistent high magnetic field. This will allow their integration into a fully superconducting prototype to be designed and built by the consortium as a whole in addition to the smaller test rig in Cambridge.

There is some flexibility in the aspects of the project that the candidate will contribute to, but the key components will be experimental work in the assembly and running of the superconducting motor test rig in Cambridge and finite element modelling of high temperature superconducting materials in magnetic fields. Training can be given in certain additional areas.

The candidate is expected to have a PhD in a relevant subject and the ideal candidate will have experience of the following

  • Production and applications of HTS tape gained in an academic or commercial environment
  • FEM multiphysics modelling of electromagnetism
  • Design and construction of measurement systems including electronics and software development
  • Cryogenic or superconducting magnet systems

The candidate must be an excellent team member as they will be required to work closely with three other postdoctoral researchers on the project and related research. They will attend project meetings in Europe, and international conferences.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Further information and scientific details may be obtained from Professor Bartek Glowacki ( or Dr Anup Patel (

Please quote reference LJ14964 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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