Research Assistant - Engineering & Applied Science

Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
£25,728 to £30,688 per annum
30 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Assistant
Engineering & Applied Science

Salary:     £25,728 to £30,688 per annum
Grade:     Grade 07
Contract Type:     Fixed Term (12 months)
Basis:     Full Time
Closing Date:     23.59 hours GMT on Saturday 24 February 2018
Interview Date:     To be confirmed
Reference:     R180020

Applications are invited for a research assistant position in the Polymer Processing and Performance, PPP, Research Unit within Aston’s Institute of Materials Research. The post is available full-time on a fixed contract basis for 12 months, but with the possiblity of an extention for a further 12 months. The position is available immediately.

The PPP Research Unit is internationally recognised for its multidisciplinary research in the polymer field and has extensive facilities for polymer processing, testing and characterisation located in new laboratories.  The project is focused on the chemistry of melt processing of polyvinyl alcohol, PVA, and will involve the development of new approaches to improving the properties and end-use performance of PVA-base polymers.  The duties will include polymer processing, analysis and characterisation (spectroscopic, chromatographic and thermal analytical techniques) and interpretation of research data; developing and applying appropriate research techniques and methods; writing up quarterly reports of the research outcome and communicating and presenting the research results internally and externally. 

The successful candidate must hold at a minimum a good honours degree in chemistry but an MSc or a PhD in polymer chemistry or material science would be a plus. Strong knowledge and understanding  of organic and polymer chemistry with a working experience in analytical techniques, data interpretation and presentation of scientific results, both oraly and in reports, are required.  Relevant industrial or postgraduate/post-doctoral experience will be particularly helpful. The candidate will be a highly motivated and enthusiastic person with a strong technical and data analysis, interpersonal and technical communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with team members and with industrial partners.

Please direct informal enquiries to Professor Sahar Al-Malaika, email:

Further particulars and application forms are available in alternative formats on request i.e. large print, Braille, tape or CD Rom.

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 Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.