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Application Scientist in Materials and Coatings for Extreme Environments

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£37,337 to £51,298 per annum
Closing date
26 Mar 2024

Job Details

School/Department: School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Based at: Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work: 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Contract type: Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period: For 24 Months
Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £37,337 to £41,406 per annum, with potential progression up to £51,298 per annum
Apply by: 26/03/2024

Role Description

We welcome applications from talented and passionate individuals to join the Henry Royce Institute team at Cranfield University in Materials for Extreme Environments.

About the Role

You will take the technical lead role in short, applied projects on advanced coating technologies, working across the Royce Partners and leveraging its facilities and national networks to deliver technical solutions for industry. You will engage with the Royce Institute hub, external SMEs and academia, establishing collaborative relationships and facilitate the management of resources of Royce Access Schemes, focusing on advanced coatings and their degradation phenomena. You will also be expected to attend selected events such as conferences and workshops.

The role will involve hands-on use of the advanced coating deposition facilities including Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD), Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) and the newly acquired PVD-Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) capability, which the role is expected to assist in making operational. Typical applications will involve thin film deposition for corrosion, wear and hydrogen permeation resistance (hydrogen permeation barrier coatings). This latter will focus on deposition of complex multilayer, multi-material films.

You will work closely with both the Technology Platform Leaders and Operations Leader in the Henry Royce Institute at Cranfield, as well as the larger centre team members, including technical officers and research fellows.

About You

You will be educated to PhD degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, materials science, physics, mechanical engineering or similar and have work experience in a field related to materials science principles, particularly those related to ceramics and metals, and solving complex technical problems in this area. You will also have project management experience, and a developing track record of publishing in high quality journals. With the ability to self-organise and work with the minimum of supervision to meet deadlines, you will also have effective and confident presentation skills, and a good attitude towards collaboration and the development of professional relationships.

About Us

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

Cranfield Manufacturing and Materials has been following the ambitious strategy of developing a roadmap for Sustainable Manufacturing and Materials Sectors for 2050 by applying fundamental science and thought leadership via conceiving and maturing the concepts of Smart, Clean and Green manufacturing solutions agnostically across all sectors and through all tiers of the supply chain and with SMEs as well as OEMs. This is to support the national aspiration of Net Zero UK by 2050 We offer world-class and niche post-graduate level research, education, training and consultancy. We are unique in our multi-disciplinary approach by bringing together design, materials’ technology and management expertise. We link fundamental materials research with manufacturing to develop novel technologies and improve the science base of the manufacturing research. Our capabilities are unique, with a focus on simulation and modelling, and sustainability. They also include work in composite manufacture, metallic glasses, nano-materials (graphene, carbon nanotubes, coatings and sensors), low energy casting, thermal barrier coatings and Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM). Find out more about our work here.

The Surface Engineering and Precision Centre (SEPc) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in material research and development. Our research covers two main specialisms, Coating/Surface Engineering and Device/Smart Materials; both aiming to undertake world-leading research in the areas of materials engineering and functional materials.

Cranfield University is an associate partner of the Henry Royce Institute, leading state-of-the-art research in materials and coatings for extreme environments. To aid and support this research we have a Henry Royce Institute team within SEPc, and the Application Scientist will support the team by applying specialist technical expertise to support projects at short notice. The role will form part of an interconnected, diverse team, and by working with each other and the business engagement team, will engage with industry (and the national RTO network), to identify, scope and help deliver complex technical solutions in the areas of materials science which cannot be supported by the existing national infrastructure.

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

How to apply                                   

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Francesco Fanicchia, Senior Lecturer in High Temperature Surface Engineering, on (E):

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: Please quote reference number 4776. 

Closing date for receipt of applications: 26 March 2024


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