Research Assistant/Associate in Portable High Field Magnet Systems (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering's Bulk Superconductivity Group to work on Portable High Field Magnet Systems. The post holder will work with Dr Mark Ainslie, an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Early Career Fellow, on an EPSRC-funded project to develop portable, high magnetic field charging of bulk superconductors for practical engineering applications.

The post will involve the design, construction and experimental testing of a pulsed field magnetisation system to magnetise bulk superconductors to act as trapped field magnets. The developed system would then be used as a proof-of-concept for bespoke designs for specific applications that can take advantage of the high magnetic fields available from such materials.

The successful candidate will be able to conduct research and design tests and experiments to address the research objectives and find solutions; compile and analyse quantitative and qualitative data; prepare reports and present results to summarise main findings and conclusions; write journal articles on reveal research findings, if possible; manage own research and administrative activities, with guidance if required; work in a team and provide support to other work when required; and may assist in the development of student research skills.

The applicant must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in a relevant discipline (Physics, Electrical Engineering or Materials Science) and an undergraduate/master's degree in a relevant scientific/engineering area. The applicant must also demonstrate relevant knowledge and experience in the development, design and construction of experimental apparatus for characterising superconducting and/or magnetic materials or engineering applications of superconductors.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £25,728 - £30,688, Research Associate: £31,604 - £38,833

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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.

Please upload your CV (including a publications list) and a covering letter by midnight on the closing date. Additional documents that have not been requested will not be considered as part of your application.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Hilde Fernandez, who is responsible for recruitment to this position, on +44 (0)1223 748243 or by email at

Please quote reference NM15223 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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