Research Fellow in Ultra-thin CNT-Web based inserts

Northern Ireland
£33,797 per annum
26 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
02 Jan 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 02/01/2020 
Salary £33,797 per annum 
Job category/type Research

Job description

Queen's University Belfast is a driver of innovation based on our talented, multinational workforce. Throughout the University, our academics are collaborating across disciplines to develop new discoveries and insights, working with outside agencies and institutions on projects of international significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.

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.  We are ranked 1st in the UK for knowledge transfer partnerships, (Innovate UK) 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Based in Belfast, a modern capital city, our beautiful campus is surrounded by abundant acres of parkland and is renowned as one of the safest and affordable cities in the UK. The choice of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards are some of the best available, and lovers of the outdoors can enjoy any number of activities from rowing and kayaking to top class golf among many others. We are immensely proud of what our city and our University will offer you.

This post is available for 12 months with an expected start date of February 2020. You will act as a post-doctoral researcher on a Proof of Concept "Ultra-thin CNT-web based inserts for innovative welding of thermoplastics" funded by Invest NI. 

As the research fellow, you will support both the technical and commercialisation strands of the project. You will perform customer discovery by contacting potential partners/customers. You will also be involved in the design and manufacturing of the demonstrators and in their testing. You will present the results of your research to different kinds of audiences (general public, scientific community, industry). You will also be required to actively engage and collaborate with the research fellows working on other aspects of the project.

The successful candidate must have: 

  • A PhD (completed or thesis submitted before the beginning of the project) in either Aerospace / Mechanical / Materials 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 relevant research experience
  • Demonstrable knowledge of structural fibre/resin composite materials and experience in basic composite manufacturing.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of fracture mechanics of composite materials.
  • Experience in material characterisation and structural testing
  • Evidence of analytical modelling.
  • Demonstrable interest in the commercialisation of research.

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