Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Self Repairing Product Design 

Cranfield, Bedford
£32,094 per annum
20 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Self Repairing Product Design 

Organisation    Cranfield University
School/Department    School of Water, Energy and Environment 
Based at     Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work     37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday
Contract type    Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period    until 7 January 2021
Salary    £23,837 to £27,304 per annum, with additional performance related pay up to £32,094 per annum (Research Assistant) or £32,094 per annum (Research Fellow)
Apply by    22/03/2018 

Here at Cranfield, we can offer you the opportunity and resources to really develop your career.  Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

The School of Water, Energy and Environment leads in delivering Cranfield’s Mission within Water, Energy and Power, and Environment and Agrifood.  The School is committed to leading in its areas of expertise through investing in world class staff and facilities over the long term.
Situated within the Centre for Competitive Creative Design, you will work as part of a multidisciplinary team, involving seven UK universities and multiple industrial organisations, progressing an EPSRC funded research project at the interface of the physical and life sciences. The aim of this project is to develop evolvable bio-hybrid systems (materials, devices, etc.) that possess the inherent capacity to autonomously sense and repair damage. The focus of this role is to design, test and evaluate products, services and business models to demonstrate the opportunities, challenges and impacts of self-healing products across a range of industrial sectors using novel tools and methods.

You will have a PhD (or close to completion) in design or related discipline and experience of the design, testing and evaluation of new materials and products. With excellent communication skills, you will have expertise in applying social, environmental and economic analysis techniques and methods to evaluate the impact of new products and business models. An appreciation for self-repairing materials / products and alternative approaches to manufacture such as the circular economy across different industrial sectors would be beneficial.
If you have ambition to build your own reputation through research, an impressive publications record and a great student teaching approach, then we would like to hear from you.
Cranfield University is committed to promoting a harmonious working and learning environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity, recognising that the contribution of all its people will be most effective in conditions which are inclusive.
We have been awarded an Institutional Athena SWAN Bronze award and have also achieved a Bronze Opportunity Now award.  We also run the Leadership Foundation’s Aurora Programme, which is a leadership development programme, aimed at women in an academic, technical or professional service role. 

Your career at Cranfield will be enhanced through access to fully equipped shared laboratory and pilot facilities, extensive research and business training through our learning and development team and doctoral training centres in a collegiate and supportive environment.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Fiona Charnley, Senior Lecturer in Circular Innovation, on (T);+44 (0)1234 750111 Ext. 2142 or (E);

Interviews expected to be held: 09 April 2018