Research Fellow, Electrothermal Anti-Icing/De-Icing
Application closing date 18/11/2019
Salary 33,797 per annum
Job category/type Research
Queen's University Belfast is one of the prestigious Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities in the UK and Ireland, combining excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos, for our 24,000 students and 4,200 staff, funded through an annual turnover of some GBP 300m. As a driver of innovation and talent, based on excellence and global strategic partnerships, we offer generous employment terms and underpinned by excellent lifestyle benefits including opportunities for family friendly working and support for wellbeing. Research staff at QUB are also entitled to up to 10 days per year to spend on activities benefiting their career development.
Our School prides itself in having an inclusive ethos and provides a welcoming and supportive environment for all of our students and staff. As a result our gender balance figures are better than those for other Schools in our discipline across the UK. In line with our own aims to improve representation, progression and success for all, we are currently holding a Silver Athena SWAN Award.
Our five core values - Integrity, Connected, Ambition, Respect, Excellence - are shared by our staff and students, representing the expectations we have for ourselves and each other, guiding our day-to-day decisions and the way we behave as individuals in an international organisation.
The Advanced Composites Research Group (ACRG) in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen's University Belfast, has developed a concept for a solid-state electrothermal anti-icing/de-icing device utilising ultra-thin carbon nanotube webs. The aim of this one-year fellowship (funding end date of 31 December 2020) is to further develop this technology and, in parallel, pursue a commercialisation strategy with the aim of bringing this device closer to market. This project should particularly appeal to an individual who has recently completed a PhD and who possesses an entrepreneurial outlook and is seeking a new challenge in applying leading-edge science and engineering knowledge for the development of new products.
The successful candidate must have:
- A PhD in either Aerospace / Mechanical / Materials / Mechatronics / Electrical/Electronic Engineering with a predominantly experimental research component.
- A 2:1 or higher honours degree in one of these fields of study or a closely related field.
- 3 years' experience with knowledge of structural fibre/resin composite materials and experience in basic composite manufacturing.
- A basic knowledge of electrical systems.
- Experience in material characterisation and structural testing.
- Evidence of analytical modelling.