Research Fellow for structure characterisation and micro- and nano-mechanical testing of structural

United Kingdom
May 15, 2018
Jun 22, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
This role is to exploit the latest characterisation techniques to study the 3D morphology and composition of the interfaces in structural and functional ceramics and to contribute to establishing an in-depth understanding of the consequences of processing on the overall mechanical performance of the materials systems. More specifically, this will address the role of interface microstructure and its effect on mechanical performance, in both ceramic composites and piezoelectric ceramics. 

The research will address the following:

1) The provision of new insights from using new equipment for the 3D characterisation of microstructure and chemical composition of the interfaces and grain boundaries;

2) An analysis of how the shear strength of the fibre / matrix interfaces varies with different processing routes and whether there is any relationship between the shear strength of the fibre / matrix interface and the overall macroscopic performance of the composite;

3) The quantitative relationship between the grain boundary secondary phase and dopant addition in both lead-based and lead-free ceramics and to understand whether the existence of such grain boundary phase affects the fracture strength of the material.

  • Applicants must have (or expect to shortly obtain) a PhD in a relevant area of materials science and engineering or other relevant discipline.
  • The candidate must be able to demonstrate a capacity for independent research work.
  • The candidate should have an emerging track record of peer-reviewed publications.
  • Experience of electron microscopy for defect analysis and phase determination.
  • Experience with using micro- and nano-mechanical testing is highly desirable.
  • The candidate must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to function as part of a team.
  • Willingness to travel for collaborative visits, and attending workshops.
  • Excellent presentation skills (in both oral and writing).

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