Research Associate

Imperial College
August 30 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

This is a Full-Time, Fixed Term contract for two years.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate in the Department of Materials at Imperial College, London to undertake research in ceramic manufacturing using advanced powder processes. The post will be based in the Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics (CASC) at the Department of Materials in Imperial College working with Dr Luc Vandeperre, Dr Finn Giuliani and Prof Eduardo Saiz. This work is part of a large EPSRC-funded manufacturing hub (MAPP, which also involves the universities of Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds and Oxford as well as a number of industrial partners. 

You will be working on an exciting project to develop new powder-based processing techniques for the fabrication of ceramics and ceramic-composites with controlled microstructures. The project will build on the group's experience in additive manufacturing. It aims to fabricate ceramic-based materials with complex shapes and improved functional and mechanical performance by using additive manufacturing to manipulate their structure at multiple length scales. The work involves the developing of inks for the 3D printing of ceramics and the characterization of their structure and mechanical response. An enthusiastic and highly motivated individual is sought possessing a strong background in experimental chemistry, material science, ceramic processing, structural and mechanical characterization, rheology and the characterization of ceramic suspensions, together with a demonstrated capacity to learn new skills/techniques quickly. You will be responsible primarily for the design and 3D printing of ceramic-based structures as well as their structural and mechanical characterization. You will work with our academic and industrial collaborators in the MAPP project.

As a member of CASC you will also support the research programme of the group. You will be offered extensive opportunities for collaborative work, both within and external to Imperial College, including abroad and with industrial partners. In addition to the research, there is the opportunity for the post holder to develop teaching experience. For example, organising an undergraduate lab experiment, supervising MEng research projects and helping with the supervision of PhD students on linked projects. It is expected that you will use the position as a springboard towards attaining a permanent position at a world-leading academic institution or high-tech company.

Successful completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in Materials, Chemistry, Physics or related scientific/engineering discipline is required. Previous experience in rheology, ceramic processing and mechanical and structural characterization would be an advantage though not entirely necessary.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.

Informal enquiries to Eduardo Saiz ( are welcomed.

Our preferred method of application is online via our website at the following link: (select “Job Search” and enter the job reference no EN20170282AM Please complete and upload an application form as directed and submit any other relevant supporting documents such as your full CV

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