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Research Fellow - Formulations Chemist

Cranfield University - Centre for Defence Chemistry

Location: Shrivenham
Salary: £32,656 to £36,399
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th March 2019
Closes: 23rd April 2019
Job Ref: 3013

Fixed term for 9 months in the first instance to cover maternity leave

Salary: £32,656 to £36,399 per annum (with additional performance related pay up to £45,499 per annum)

Location: Shrivenham, SN6 8LA

Cranfield University is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

The post holder will be responsible for the development and delivery of research and education in energetic materials. The post holder will be expected to work on research contracts, which include research into development of novel explosive compositions, optimisation of pressing processes and research into development of novel processing methods.  The post holder will be expected to propose new projects (MSc, PhD) to attract investment and enhance the profile of the University.

The post holder requires effective communication and influencing skills including negotiation, persuasion and empathising skills. The post holder is required to communicate effectively with researchers, technicians, support staff, students, and customers. 

The post holder will have a PhD related to Energetic Materials Research (or nearing completion) and significant experience in working with energetic materials either from industrial or academic exposure.

Significant  experience applying analytical skills and techniques, such as differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, single crystal and powder x-ray diffraction, density analysis, particle size analysis, infra-red and ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry is essential. 

Membership of appropriate professional bodies (RSC) is desirable.

At Cranfield, we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role.

Apply online now at or contact us for further details on E: or T: +44 (0)1793 785207. Please quote reference number 3013.

Closing date for applications: 23 April 2019

Interviews to be held: 9 May 2019 

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