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Post Doctoral Research Fellow - AC1/Grade 6

The University of Bolton - Institute for Materials Research & Innovation

Location: Bolton
Salary: £29,799 to £34,520 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th August 2018
Closes: 31st August 2018
Job Ref: ENG-074/P

Fixed Term - 24 Months

Salary in the range of £29,799- £34,520 per annum

*Closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 31 August 2018.

Interviews are expected to take place within four weeks of the closing date.

Applications are invited for a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the "Fire Materials Research" team based in the Institute for Materials Research & Innovation at the University of Bolton. This is part of a Horizon 2020 research grant, ‘Lignin Based Carbon Fibres for Composites’ (LIBRE) by the European Commission. This project has a consortium of 11 members. The main aim of this project is to produce carbon fibres from lignin-based products for use in carbon fibre-reinforced structural composites. Lignin will be extracted, purified and functionalised by other partners. The successful candidate will melt spin fibres from modified lignin and lignin blended with other polymers using appropriate additive / surface treatments. The fibres produced will be then carbonised by other partners. Bolton will also help industrial partners to upscale the melt spinning process developed at Bolton.  

Applicants should hold a good honours degree and a doctorate in Polymer Science and/or Technology. The successful candidate should have excellent written and oral communication skills, be highly motivated and resourceful, able to learn quickly, have a good working knowledge of polymer processing. Expertise in fibre spinning and/or polymer chemistry would be an advantage. He/she should also have experience of the peer-reviewed publication process and be willing to co-supervise PhD students. The position will be supervised by Prof Baljinder Kandola (IMRI, University of Bolton). The position will require occasional travel to different consortium members within Europe.

Prospective candidates can contact Professor Baljinder Kandola (Tel: +44 (0)1204 903 517, email: for an informal discussion relating to this opportunity.

An application form, job description and person specification can be viewed on our website: or requested by email: Alternatively, please telephone our 24 hour answering service on extension 3579 (Please leave your home address details). Please remember to quote the position reference number.

Applicants need to be aware that only a completed application form will be considered, unless it is specifically indicated in an advertisement that a CV will be accepted. Where appropriate, you should include a list of all publications when submitting your application. Please ensure you quote the position reference number on all documentation submitted.

If an applicant is interested in more than one vacancy, a separate application form must be submitted for each vacancy to ensure that the individual role requirements are addressed.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK, for more information please visit No agencies.

*Please note, the university reserves the right to shorten/extend the closing date of any position where a high/low volume of applications are received.

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