Job offer in england Research Associate in Materials, Mechanics and Measurement at Coventry University

The Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing at Coventry University is a large scientific and technological centre for learning and research. Activities range from atomistic modelling to civil engineering and building, computer science to materials and mechanical engineering, engineering management to aerospace systems, to name but a few.

Coventry University is rapidly rising in the University ranking tables, ranked 12th UK University (Guardian University Guide 2017), 24th in the Times Higher Education Magazine’s ‘table of tables’ 2017 and University of the Year 2015 (Times Higher Education Awards).

Coventry seeks to improve its position by investing in research that has “excellence with impact”. Internationally known for its teaching excellence, the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering attracts many postgraduate and undergraduate students. 

The Faculty Research Centre for Manufacturing and Materials Engineering is based in the inspirational, Engineering and Computing building and in the Award-winning Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (jointly funded by Coventry University, HEFCE and the Unipart Manufacturing Group). It has attracted a number of world class researchers and is installing a wide range of new manufacturing and experimental research equipment. We are looking for an additional permanent member of staff with expertise in electrodeposition, materials science, mechanical properties and their measurement as a function of length-scale, to assist in developing a world class research presence that generates impact across many sectors, especially aerospace and automotive, and contributes to educational programmes that reflect our research work. To meet these challenges we seek a highly motivated, high quality, experimental researcher, interested in developing advanced materials and new electrolytic additive manufacturing methods. Experience in electro-deposition or electroforming, materials science, and mechanical property measurement, or materials characterisation is required. Experience in nucleation and growth of thin films, coating deposition, instrumentation development, SEM, EDX, EBSD, SPM, XRD, contact mechanics or instrumented indentation at ambient and elevated temperatures, ultrahigh vacuum, sputtering, tribology, or surface engineering, would be advantageous.

Applicants shall have, as a minimum, a PhD degree in Materials Science, Applied Physics, Chemical Physics/Engineering, or a subject closely related to materials science and/or electrochemistry, and post-doctoral or equivalent industrial research experience. Experience of teaching and supervising student project work is desirable. Experience of bidding for, winning, working on, and contributing to managing research projects or facilities is highly desirable. This permanent position is approximately equivalent to Higher Scientific Officer / Higher Research Scientist / Lecturer in other organisations.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter and able to communicate with researchers, engineers, designers and technologists in industry and academia at all levels. They must be able to take a leading role in developing industrial and academic collaboration and work within a team to develop successful funding proposals and ensure that projects are managed to deliver high quality and timely deliverables suitable for submission to the REF and to generate impact in industry and society. The ambition to succeed in a competitive arena is essential.

For informal discussions regarding this post, please contact Professor Nigel Jennett, email: and further details may be obtained from