Research Fellow in Cranfield Forensic Institute

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£33,309 to £37,127 per annum with additional performance related pay up to £46,409 per annum
23 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
19 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

School/Department Cranfield Defence and Security
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday
Contract type Permanent
Salary £33,309 to £37,127 per annum with additional performance related pay up to £46,409 per annum
Apply by 19/08/2020

Role Description

As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally.  Our distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world. 

Our people are our most valuable resource and everyone has a role to play in shaping the future of our university, developing our learners, and transforming the businesses we work with. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here: Working life at Cranfield.

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. To find out more please visit our website:

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) provides unique educational opportunities to the defence and security sectors of both public and private sector organisations. Based at the UK Defence Academy at Shrivenham in Oxfordshire, CDS is the academic provider to the UK Ministry of Defence for all postgraduate education and training in engineering, science, acquisition, management and leadership.

The post holder will be responsible for the development and delivery of research and education in the CFI laboratories; expected to work with internal and external customers and, using acquired skills and knowledge, carry out any contract work as requested. This could range from long-term projects involving initial planning and designing, through to implementation and completion. In addition to supporting several projects running within the Centre, you will work closely with colleagues to make effective use of the facilities.

The post holder will fulfil the role as a post-doctoral researcher on several research projects and will be expected to propose new projects (MSc, PhD) to attract investment and enhance the profile of the University.

You will organise the day-to-day running and maintenance of the CFI laboratories especially the maintenance, sample preparation and running of analytical equipment for and with academic staff.  You will also train and advise staff and students on the operation of analytical instrument and the interpretation of their results.

In addition, you will be responsible for assessing individual jobs, which may require passing to other areas/departments within the University for action. You will act as the principle contact for all H&S, COSHH, SoP’s, RA’s, Fire Safety etc.

The facilities that Cranfield University provide within CFI are brand new, state of the art and there are limited organisations in the United Kingdom that can offer similar facilities.

You will hold a PhD (or nearing completion) in analytical science or other relevant subject.  Hands on experience of running analytical equipment such as CT, SEM, XRF, XRD, ICPMS, Raman, FTIR and experience of working and/or studying in an active research laboratory is essential.  You will have knowledge of how analytical techniques are applied, and how their results are interpreted.

In return, the successful applicant will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key position, and to support world leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. 

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role.  To find out more, please visit

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Professor Shortland at

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