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Research Associate/Fellow

University of Hull - Mechanical Engineering - School of Engineering and Computer Science

Location: Hull
Salary: £33,519 to £38,833 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th August 2018
Closes: 4th September 2018
Job Ref: FS0376

Fixed Term | 36 months

Applicants are invited for a Post Doctoral Research Fellowship in the project “Development of sustainable, eco-friendly, and industrially scalable ultrasound assisted liquid phase exfoliation processing technologies for manufacturing two-dimensional advanced functional materials” in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Hull. It is the largest academic school in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and we have a well-established track record in conducting the UK, EU and industry funded research projects. We achieved excellent results in the 2014 RAE with 75% of the research outputs rated as internationally excellent or world-leading. Recently, a major EPSRC grant of ~£2 million was awarded to the consortium consisting of Hull, Brunel, Oxford and Oxford Brooks University. The project aims to develop sustainable and scalable ultrasonic liquid phase exfoliation technologies for manufacturing 2D advanced functional materials. Funded by this EPSRC grant, the above post is available in Professor Jiawei Mi’s group - the Advanced Materials. Prof Mi’s research has been focused on developing novel ultrasound and magnetic field based technologies for manufacturing high performance structural and functional materials. Prof Mi’s expertise is on using electron, synchrotron X-ray and neutron beam to study in-situ materials structural evolution in mult iphysics environment and combining advanced numerical modelling technique to design and optimise advanced materials and processing. Prof Mi’s research can be found via the weblink: 

We are looking for an experienced and dedicated researcher to join us and to work on an exciting and challenging project. The candidate needs to lead and conduct the research tasks defined in the EPSRC project independently and effectively, including mainly:
1. To design and develop bespoke experimental apparatus, and using laser and /or synchrotron X-ray based techniques, to study the dynamics of ultrasound bubbles in different media and their interaction with 2D functional materials.
2. To develop advanced numerical model to simulate and understand the observed experimental data and phenomena, and develop scale-up strategy for industry applications
3. To write and assist in writing proposals to secure Synchrotron X-ray beam time and to work closely with the beamline scientists and other researchers from academic and industrial partners to conduct the experiments required.
4. To supervise or assisting in supervising PhD and MEng research students involved in the project.
5. To write up and publish research outcomes in high-impact materials or physics journals and attend the renowned international conferences concerning materials engineering in general, and manufacturing of 2D functional materials in particular to disseminate research outcomes.
6. To develop and assist in developing research group websites and organise national and international symposiums for wide research outcome dissemination, and pursue further collaboration.

The successful candidate should have a PhD degree or equivalent in materials science, physics, chemistry or other related scientific or engineering discipline, and should have a strong background in numerical modelling and experimental research. Expertise in ultrasonic phenomena, processing of structural and functional materials, and advanced materials characterisation using electron and X-ray based techniques is an important selection criterion. In addition, good communication skills, proficiency in written and spoken English (IELTS test certificate is required for non EU candidates) as well as publication track record are required.

Application is by covering letter and CV upload via the University online recruitment system.

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