Postdoctoral Research Fellow Additive Manufacturing with Multifunctional Materials

University of Exeter
Exeter, Devon
£34,520 per annum
20 Apr 2018
20 May 2018
Contract Type
Graduate, Temporary
Full Time

The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities.  We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. The University of Exeter has over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and has been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.


  • The Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in an Innovate UK project, investigating the use of nanomaterials with high performance polymers for laser sintering and fused filament fabrication (FFF).
  • The funded post is available immediately for a fixed term period of 2 years.
  • The successful applicant will be responsible for developing new methods of incorporating nanomaterials into high temperature polymer matrices and optimising the laser sintering and FFF processes for the new nanocomposite materials..

About You

  • Applicants will have knowledge of polymer processing and polymer chemistry. In particular they should have a deep understanding of material science and good knowledge, both theoretical and practical of Additive Manufacturing.
  • Experience of the laser sintering process is required, together with a proficiency in working with nano materials and with a range of materials characterisation techniques. In addition, the candidate should be confident using all standard mechanical testing procedures (tensile, compression, 3-point bend etc).
  • As part of his/her duties, the successful candidate will need to present information on research progress and outcomes and communicate complex information, orally and in writing, to the consortium,

About You

  • The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.
  • Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study.
  • The successful applicant will be experienced in AM technologies, polymeric materials and nanomaterials and be able to work collaboratively.
  • Applicants should have a practical approach to work built on a good theoretical knowledge, be proactive, enthusiastic and able to self-manage in order to carry out the necessary characterisation, processing, testing and analysis duties.


  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

For further information please contact Professor Oana Ghita, e-mail or telephone (01392) 723667.

The closing date for completed applications is 20th May 2018. 

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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