Postdoctoral Research Assistant - University of Bradford

 We are looking to recruit high quality Post-Doctoral Research Assistants to join our leading research centre. Would you like to be part of an innovative project that will take us into the next generation?

The ideal candidate will be expected to contribute significantly to delivering and developing further research activities in the Advanced Materials Engineering RKT Centre in the Polymer IRC Laboratories, working on our new EPSRC Manufacturing in Healthcare Technologies programme, Smart Manufacturing of Medical Devices for Soft Tissue Fixation. This focusses on shape memory polymers and novel smart manufacturing routes which impart controllable enhancement of properties and functionality of polymers and polymer composite products with precision geometries.  Smith & Nephew Ltd lead the industrial collaborators. You will have a proven track record of research in polymers, ability to work in a laboratory/ manufacturing environment, and successfully supervising/managing projects and publications to completion.

It is essential that you hold or are about to complete a PhD in the relevant subject area (Physics/ Engineering/ Materials), with skills that cover working at the interface between Engineering/Physics and Life Sciences and a strong grounding in mechanics of materials or processing, and preferably experience with biomedical materials or products.

The Polymer IRC laboratory at Bradford focuses on polymer engineering, and has a range of large scale multi-university research programmes, a thriving international collaboration programme (particularly with China and India) and a highly successful track record of funding from RCUK, EU and industry (currently collaborating with over 100 companies).

We are a world leading research laboratory for polymer, polymer composite/nano-composite and associated materials processing, including biomaterials and pharmaceuticals, with:  40 advanced manufacturing lines for melt phase, solid phase and reactive processing, extensive characterisation and computer modelling.  

The University of Bradford offers a generous package of benefits including training and development, excellent wellbeing and an attractive relocation package.

The University of Bradford strives to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

For further information, a copy of the job description and access to an online application form please visit http://jobs.bradford.ac.uk.  

Should you wish to discuss the opportunity informally please contact the Professor Phil Coates, Director, Polymer IRC on 01274 234540 or to email address p.d.coates@bradford.ac.uk.

 
Information about the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics

The Faculty of Engineering & Informatics consolidates teaching across all of the University’s engineering departments. We are committed to provide a university education that integrates engineering disciplines with management sciences. We have three main research groups, with international excellence in the RAE2008. See www.eng.brad.ac.ukfor further information.

Information about the Polymer IRC/ RKT Centres

The Polymer Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) is an internationally recognised research centre (across Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield and Durham Universities).  The laboratory at Bradford focuses on polymer engineering, and has a range of large scale multi-university research programmes, a thriving international collaboration programme (particularly with China and India) and a highly successful track record of funding from RCUK, EU and industry (currently collaborating with over 100 companies).  We are a world leading research laboratory for polymer, polymer composite/nanocomposite and associated materials processing, including biomaterials and pharmaceuticals, with:  40 advanced manufacturing lines for melt phase, solid phase and reactive processing, extensive characterisation and computer modelling.   See www.polyeng.comand www.polymerirc.orgfor fuller information.  The Polymer IRC hosts three Research & Knowledge Transfer (RKT) Centres, in Advanced Materials Engineering, Polymer Micro & Nano Technology and Pharmaceutical Engineering Sciences, which are focussed investment centres in the University.  These work together very closely, with many joint projects, and share leading edge facilities, including a 2014 EPSRC £3.42m Great Capital Technologies award for facilities for processing and characterisation for advanced materials for healthcare.

TheAdvanced Materials Engineering RKT Centre covers mainly polymer-related research associated with structuring of polymers via processing operations, and has a strong emphasis on advanced materials for healthcare, medical technology and resource efficiency.  We are part of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices (MeDe Innovation), and host the UK-China Advanced Materials Research Institute, which is built on our RCUK Science Bridges China platform.

Recent research work in the field of micro and nano-scale injection moulding led to the formation of the RKT Centre for Polymer Micro and Nano Technology which offers leading edge facilities for precision small scale polymer processes to product a variety of functional products using a range of materials (polymers, polymer nanocomposites, metal and ceramic powders and biomaterials).  This is acknowledged as the leading research centre in this area and also forms the hub of an international network (ukMIG) of companies and academic institutions encompassing a range of disciplines with the goal of advancing current technologies in the field.   Pharmaceutical Engineering Science RKT Centre is hosted across the Life Science/Engineering boundary, and has leading research in drug delivery, in particular using polymer-related technologies, particularly for green processing.

For further background information on the Polymer IRC and our RKT Centres, visit our website:  www.polyeng.com(this will lead to a variety of specific web sites).

To go directly to the Polymer AME RKT Centre website, use the following link:

www.brad.ac.uk/research/rkt-centres/advanced-materials-engineering

Special Information

Please note:  If you have had a Tier 2 visa in the last 12 months which has expired or lapsed and you are outside the UK we are unable to issue a certificate of sponsorship within 12 months of that expiry. 

 

How to Apply

We request that all applicants apply for vacancies via the online application form which can be found at http://jobs.bradford.ac.uk. Please include a copy of your c.v.

Please look at the requirements of the application process for each job before applying.  If the job asks for a CV and/or a Covering Letter in addition to the online application form please ensure these are submitted.Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of the information provided.

Additional Interview Requirements

You will be asked at a later stage whether you need us to make any adjustments for the interview. If you wish to discuss any concerns about the application process and scheduling in this respect, please contact Human Resources on (+44) (01274) 23 3071.

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