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Assistant Professor (grade 8) in Materials, Mechanics and Measurement

Coventry University - Institute of Future Transport and Cities

Location: Coventry
Salary: £33,308 to £54,772 per annum (Grade7/8).
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 24th June 2019
Closes: 7th August 2019
Job Ref: REQ007086

Grade 7/8, £33,308 - £54,772 per annum 

The Institute of Future Transport and Cities is the largest research centre at Coventry University, which itself has been voted ‘Modern University of the Year’ three times running by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide. Ranked 13th in the Guardian University Guide, we have a global reputation for high quality teaching and research with impact. Almost two-thirds (61%) of our research was judged ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. 

The Institute of Future Transport and Cities at Coventry University is looking for an exceptional candidate who is highly motivated, persistent and confident in pursuing pioneering solutions. The successful candidate will be excited about exploring the topic beyond current conventions and to challenge both industry and academia with fresh thinking. They will work in the Materials, Mechanics and Measurements Group using all the opportunities and facilities of the University as well as developing external national and international collaborations. This is a permanent staff position in a group developing a world class research presence that generates impact across many sectors.

We seek candidates with:

  • An experimental focus, preferably with some experience of equipment or instrumentation development
  • Substantial research track record in materials science, especially mechanical properties and their measurement as a function of length-scale
  • Experience in instrumented indentation, nano/micro- mechanics and or high temperature materials testing; ultrahigh vacuum, sputtering, coatings and surface engineering, mechanical property measurement (including tensile testing, ultrasonics, friction and wear), or materials characterisation tools (e.g. SEM, EDX, EBSD, SPM, XRD, surface science), would be advantageous.
  • Ability to teach and motivate students and contribute to educational programmes that reflect our research work.

Applicants should have, as a minimum, a PhD degree in Materials Science, Applied Physics, Engineering, or a closely related subject. Experience of bidding for, winning, working on, and contributing to managing research projects is required. Experience of teaching and supervising student project work is desirable. 

The successful candidate will be a self-starter and able to communicate with researchers, engineers, designers and technologists in industry and academia at all levels. You must be able to take a leading role in developing industrial and academic collaboration and work within a team to develop successful funding proposals and ensure that projects are managed to deliver high quality and timely deliverables suitable for submission to the REF and to generate impact in industry and society. The ambition to succeed in a competitive arena is essential. 

For informal discussions regarding this post, please contact Professor Nigel Jennett, email: and further details may be obtained from 

Reference number: REQ007086 

Closing date:  7th August

Interviews: 2-6 September 

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