Application Specialist, Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre

Manchester, United Kingdom
28 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious post-doctoral graduate with industrial experience to engage in innovation and knowledge exchange between the University, research organisations and companies at the leading edge of graphene science. The post will be based primarily within the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) but will also use NGI and other UoM facilities where required.

The GEIC is a £60m capital project to construct the world’s foremost centre for graphene commercialisation, which has recently been completed on North campus at The University of Manchester, the centre is due to be operational in October 2018.

The University of Manchester is looking to recruit a number of Application Specialists with appropriate expertise in one or more of the domain areas listed below. The Specialist will be involved in conducting a number of short-term applied projects in partnership with a diverse range of industrial partners with a focus on Greater Manchester based SME’s looking to investigate the use of 2D materials, graphene and their derivatives in a range of applications.

It is envisaged that most projects will be to determine the most appropriate graphene product format(s) and the selection and development of the processes for their production with the characteristics required for industrial exploitation.

Key domain areas/applications include:

  • Design, build and measurement of electronic devices such as antenna, sensors, lighting, heating etc using a number of production techniques
  • Inks, formulations and application of these for use in a variety of applications such as;
    • printed electronics
    • wearable electronics
    • Multifunctional coatings
  • Barriers, coatings and membranes
    • Utilisation of the permeability of graphene to various molecules to deliver both flexible and rigid barriers for use in, for example separation technology, displays, solar cells and packaging.
    • Application and testing of multifunctional coatings which may for example, reduce corrosion; reduce friction, add functionality and/or improve thermal/electrical performance
  • Nanomaterial production – manufacture of graphene related and 2D-materials using both “top-down” and “bottom-up” processes

You will consult with GEIC Application Managers, industrial Application/Project Engineers and University researchers, to formulate developmental strategies for projects including the scientific facilities required. Over the duration of the assignment, the latter are expected to develop the skills associated with the management and execution of their projects, for which training will be provided when appropriate.

As part of the GEIC team, this position will provide you with a unique opportunity to be involved in one the most significant and high profile research and development projects in the UK. You will be part of an innovation team leading the transfer of knowledge and technology from the University of Manchester to GM SME’s and beyond, developing novel and disruptive technologies from TRL3 to TRL6 utilising industrially relevant processes and equipment.

You will be exposed to a breadth of world class research, the opportunity to work with some of the leading academics in graphene research as well as working industry in order to further the commercial application of successful projects.

This post is funded through and ERDF funded project.

The School of is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Pauline Morgan

Tel: 0161 275 3962

General enquiries:

Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:

Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.