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Research Fellow

Queen's University Belfast - School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Location: Belfast
Salary: £37,841 to £40,134 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th December 2023
Closes: 15th January 2024
Job Ref: 23/111486

Duration: Fixed Term 3 years

The School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of Research Fellow.

The successful candidate will contribute to the research of the EPSRC funded project and to investigate the manufacturing and characterisation of 4D-printable nanocomposite materials for artificial muscles. This project aims to develop a new class of stimuli responsive electro-actuators through additive manufacturing of polymers and polymer nanocomposites. A key aspect of the project is the ability to manufacture 4D-printed layered architectures, capable of responding to their external stimuli (e.g., electrical, pressure), via additive manufacturing which will maximise efficiency, control, and strength of the resulting artificial muscles.

The post is a critical role, and as such, successful applicants will have responsibilities in independent research, supervision, planning, day to day lab management, collaborations, and outreach.

The successful candidate must have, and your application should clearly demonstrate that you meet the
following criteria:

  • Have, or be about to obtain, a relevant PhD in Materials Science, Engineering, Chemistry, or related discipline.
  • BSc (Hons): at least 2:1 or equivalent in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, or related discipline.
  • Research experience in manufacturing of polymer composites and nanocomposites, functionalisation of nanofillers, additive manufacturing.
  • Experience in the characterisation of functionalised nanofillers and polymer nanocomposites and composites.

Please note the above are not an exhaustive list.

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

Key Dates

Closing Date: 15/01/2024

Anticipated Interview Date: 01/02/2024

Further Information

Information about the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering can be found at www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofMechanicalandAerospaceEngineering/  

For information about grants please visit https://gow.epsrc.ukri.org/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/X026337/1

At Queen’s our people are at the heart of everything we do. As a staff member you will become part of a vibrant organisational culture, which will provide you with the opportunity to achieve your full potential and enhance your career through a continuous focus on learning and development.

Further information on our attractive package can be found at www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/HumanResources/pay-reward-and-benefits/

Queen’s University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to all. We have created an inclusive culture by establishing staff networks such as iRise (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and International Staff Network) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) which help us progress equality.

We also subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI in addition to Athena Swan. For further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, please visit: www.qub.ac.uk/diversity; www.qub.ac.uk/sites/QueensGenderInitiative/ and www.qub.ac.uk/sites/StaffGateway/StaffNetworks/

For further information about the role including the essential and desirable criteria please visit www.qub.ac.uk/jobs or click to Apply.

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