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Research Fellow in Explosive Chemistry

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£37,337 to £41,406 per annum, with potential progression up to £47,105 per annum
Closing date
14 Jul 2024

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Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Job Type
Academic Posts, Research Fellowships
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

School/Department: Cranfield Defence and Security
Based at: Shrivenham, Oxfordshire - Cranfield Defence and Security
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 £37,337 to £41,406 per annum, with potential progression up to £47,105 per annum
Apply by: 14/07/2024

Role Description

The Centre for Defence Chemistry has been working on propellants, explosives and pyrotechnic research for decades. We are interested in all aspects of defence manufacturing, vulnerability, combustion, and life assessment of energetic materials.

About the Role

You will contribute to research in development of insensitive explosive formulations using a wide range of both conventional and processing techniques.

You will be responsible for:

  • Small scale assessment of novel explosive formulations, assessing compatibility, hazard and thermal properties
  • Investigating a range of process methods and developing safe process work
  • Conducting trials on processing methods to study the effects of changing processing parameters on the properties of the final product
  • Carrying out pressing studies on novel compositions
    • Establishing and maintain an international reputation in areas which are related to energetic materials
    • Working closely with colleagues and making effective use of the facilities

You will also be expected to work on existing formulation research contracts and support several projects run within the Centre working closely with colleagues and making effective use of the facilities.

About You

You will have a PhD (or nearing completion) in a chemistry related subject area and experience of working with energetic materials.  Experience of using a range of analytical skills and techniques, evidence of collaboration work with other research groups is essential.  You will have an understanding of the contemporary challenges facing the defence sector in the UK and further afield.

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.

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.


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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