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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter - College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Location: Exeter
Salary: £34,520 up to £36,613 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 16th July 2018
Closes: 2nd September 2018
Job Ref: R60124

EPSRC Prosperity Partnership: Tailored Electromagnetic & Acoustic Materials Accelerator (TEAM-A).  This post is funded by EPSRC. 

The Post

The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to support the work of Professor Alastair Hibbins. This post is available as soon as possible, but no later than 1 Oct 2018 for a period of 3 years. You will join TEAM-A: The tailored electromagnetic and acoustic materials accelerator, an EPSRC Prosperity Partnership programme. The aim of this partnership, which builds upon the successful relationship that exists between the University of Exeter and QinetiQ, is to develop advanced materials that can be used to control and manipulate the propagation of electromagnetic and acoustic energy, in a highly tailored, bespoke fashion, and develop innovative techniques for their cost-effective manufacture.

The role holder will be employed and mentored by the University of Exeter, whilst being primarily based at QinetiQ - an industry leading company of scientists and engineers- due to the UK-unique facilities that are available at their Farnborough headquarters. This is a fantastic opportunity for an early stage researcher to gain experience in a high technology company.

Due to the nature of the work that QinetiQ is involved with, applicants will need to obtain a security clearance (to be arranged by QinetiQ). For this reason, we have limited our applications to UK nationals who have resided in the UK for at least the past 5 years. We apologise if this means you are no longer eligible to apply; however, access to QinetiQ's facilities requires UK nationality and we are unable to make exceptions.

The post will focus on the science and engineering of new acoustic control materials (e.g. metamaterials) in order to develop treatments for use in vehicles, machinery and packaging. The work will involve direct access to QinetiQ's manufacture and characterisation facilities, some of which are unique in the UK, and the chance to work on the 'real-world' challenges that are set by QinetiQ's customers. You will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies. The publication of high-quality scientific papers will be a key metric in this project.

About you

You will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. You will be a nationally recognised authority in a relevant area of acoustic or vibration acoustic materials, and will be able to develop research programmes and methodologies. You will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here

For further information please visit our website on or contact Professor Alastair Hibbins, e-mail, or telephone (01392 722100).

Interviews are anticipated to take place on W/C 11th August 2018.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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