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Research Fellow, (Electrostatic Audio Transducer Development) (103543-1220)

University of Warwick - School of Engineering

Location: Coventry
Salary: £30,942 to £40,322 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st December 2020
Closes: 18th January 2021
Job Ref: 1874235

Full time, fixed term position for 7 months to end no later than 30 September 2021.

We are looking for a high-quality researcher, with experience in Materials science, Engineering manufacturing processes and materials testing to work on an industrially focused project to improve the manufacturability and performance of electrostatic audio loudspeakers. The project is in conjunction with Warwick Acoustics Ltd, a world-leading producer of electrostatic audio systems.

You will investigate a number of avenues in order to be able to mass-produce new stators for Warwick Acoustics' electrostatic loudspeaker cartridges to significantly reduce production costs – while improving acoustic performance. Work will include the testing of alternative materials, ion techniques to etch metal stators, and mechanical alternatives to etching, including the punching of metal or polymer sheet, and laser processing of metal sheet. Inkjet printing of stators using conducting polymers (PEDOT), electroplating polymer stators, fabric stators and woven wire stators will be investigated. Techniques to test the acoustic performance of the completed units will also be required, including optical interferometric techniques.

You will be required to lead and perform the research, analyse the results, produce written reports, and present the results to both Engineers and to the Warwick Acoustics board in person.

This post is based at the University of Warwick (in the ultrasonic Lab at the School of Engineering), however the successful candidate will be required to make trips to the industrial partner (depending on Covid-19 restrictions), who is based at the MIRA research park, near Nuneaton, as well as to suppliers within the UK.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone with excellent practical and experimental skills, and a broad engineering / Physics background to get further experience in developing a real product.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

You will have a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. Engineering or Physics). You will have excellent experimental skills and a practical approach to your work. You will have good (verbal and written) communication skills, time management and IT skills. You will possess quantitative and qualitative research capabilities, specifically in the application of engineering processing techniques to new materials, and will have the ability to analyse and interpret your findings so that your work can be applied to a production process.

The University aims to promote work life balance for all employees and the School of Engineering will consider a range of possible flexible working arrangements in order to recruit the best candidate.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,046). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,942 pa).

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role can be found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick's jobs pages. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button.

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