Research Associate in Nanostructured High Performance Composite Matrices

Location
United Kingdom
Salary
£33,797 - £38,017
Posted
Oct 10, 2020
Closes
Nov 08, 2020
Ref
147397
Organization Type
University and College
Hours
Full Time
Imperial College and the University of Bristol, have been jointly awarded a major programme grant (£6m), by EPSRC, to fundamentally redesign high performance composite materials. This NextCOMP programme focusses on the challenge of improving the absolute performance of composites in compression, both to address practical limitations of current materials, and as a demonstration of the value of quantitative hierarchical materials design. The work will develop and embed structure at every length scale from the molecules of the matrix, to the lay-up of final components, using new constituents and new architectures, designed within a new analytical framework. The programme will benefit from a highly creative and interdisciplinary approach amongst the core project term, amplified by contributions from leading international advisors and collaborators. An extensive group of industrial partners will contribute to the project, and help to develop the outputs, building on concept demonstrators designed during the programme. This project will run in close collaboration with researchers conducting experimental characterisations and simulation studies. In this post, the candidate will work closely with Professor Ian Hamerton (Bristol) and Professor Milo Shaffer (Imperial) and interface with the wider team. An extensive group of industrial partners will contribute to the project, and help to develop the outputs, building on concept demonstrators designed during the programme.

As part of this team, we are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research associate to develop a new generation of composite matrices. The ideal candidate will be a highly creative experimental/scientist/engineer, with a good understanding of polymer chemistry, materials science, nanomaterials synthesis/assembly, and composite theory, able to contribute to idea generation.

You should have, or expect to receive, a PhD in an experimental physical science/engineering, with an emphasis on high performance nanocomposite materials. Essential experience will include polymer blending, processing of reactive or thermoplastic polymers to produce laminates, characterisation, and property evaluation. Knowledge of complex polymer architecture (interpenetrating polymer networks) or composite performance in compression would be an advantage.

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