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Lecturer in Coating Technology

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£48,039 to £70,000
Closing date
5 May 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: Permanent
Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £48,039 to £57,797 per annum, with potential progression up to £70,000 per annum
Apply by: 05/05/2024

Role Description

We welcome applications for this key post from those with the relevant research and teaching experience in the area of surface engineering coating manufacturing methods, with the ability to set up and run large and small research projects, doctoral and MSc projects, and academic and industrial collaborations.

About the Role

The role focuses on materials and coating systems for application in extreme, high temperature, environments for aerospace and energy sectors. A major activity is the development of high temperature surface engineering and coating solutions, including corrosion-resistant coatings, environmental and thermal barrier coatings, and such from the material development stage to prototype component manufacture. The research activities will include the successful submission of funding bids in an independent capacity and the successful management and delivery of projects, alongside effective dissemination of project outcomes through high quality publications in international scientific journals.

About You

You will have a PhD in a Materials Science/Engineering or Chemistry field, with experience in surface engineering (experimental and/or modelling) and/or vapor phase coating manufacturing methods (i.e. CVD, ALD, PVD). You will also have a proven track record of research in some aspects of coating chemistry and surface engineering, evidenced by high-profile publications in top peer reviewed journals, books and research reports. A demonstrable ability to secure and deliver research projects from research councils (or international equivalents), governmental bodies and industry is also essential in this role. With a sound knowledge of surface engineering practice, the manufacture of coating systems and the application of surface engineering as part of the manufacturing supply chain, you will also have excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.

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

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 Dr 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 4803.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 05 May 2024


Cranfield is world-leading in its contribution to global innovation. With our emphasis on the aerospace, agrifood, defence and security, environmental technology, leadership and management, manufacturing and transport systems sectors, we have changed the way society thinks, works and learns.

We generate and transform knowledge, translating it to the benefit of society. Our partners, from micro SMEs to the largest blue-chip multinationals, from governments across the world to NGOs and charities, tell us this is what they value about Cranfield.

Innovation is part of Cranfield’s ‘corporate DNA’, evolved over 60 years of commitment to this agenda.

Our work informs policy for governments and produces new technologies and products for the world of commerce. We draw on this pool of research and consultancy to provide our students with a distinctive ‘real-world’ learning environment, allowing them to develop as professionals and transfer their new knowledge to the global economy. This has always been the ‘Cranfield way’ but it has never been more important than in today’s world.

People are key to our competitive advantage and so we need to attract, develop and retain the best talent for our business. We aim to create a culture where you can flourish and succeed and, in turn, contribute towards Cranfield’s success.

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