Research Fellow in Graphene Paint Development for Hydrogen Embrittlement
School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work
37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be
Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period
28 February 2023
Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £33,809 to £37,684 per
annum, with potential progression up to £47,105 per annum
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About the Role
The project is focused on advanced paint formulations using graphene. You will
work under the supervision of Dr David Ayre and Professor Krzysztof Koziol in
the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing at Cranfield University.
The research will be primarily experimental and will rely on state-of-the-art
paint formulation, blending, surface adhesion and characterisation for the
superior hydrogen embrittlement protection of steel gas network pipes.
You will have a PhD degree (or close to completion), or equivalent, in
Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or
closely related disciplines, and an advanced fundamental understanding of
polymer coatings and encapsulation and wetting. You will have a demonstrable
ability in paint formulations/modifications/blending, and a developing track
record of independence, conducting high quality research under limited
supervision and publishing in high quality journals. Experience of hydrogen
permeability testing and working with graphene is desirable, but not critical.
Proven high-level problem-solving skills, excellent written and verbal
communication skills and excellent organisational and administrative skills
with attention to detail, are also essential in this role.
As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield's world-class expertise,
large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating
leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and
our unique impact here.
Cranfield Manufacturing (which includes major activities in Materials) is
following the ambitious strategy of developing a roadmap for a Sustainable
Manufacturing Sector for 2050 by applying fundamental science and thought
leadership via conceiving and maturing the concepts of Smart, Clean and Green
manufacturing solutions agnostically across all sectors and through all tiers
of the supply chain with SMEs as well as OEMs. This is to support the national
aspiration of Net Zero UK by 2050. We offer world-class and niche post-
graduate level research, education, training and consultancy. We are unique in
our multi-disciplinary approach by bringing together design, materials'
technology and management expertise. We link fundamental materials research
with manufacturing to develop novel technologies and improve the science base
of the manufacturing research. Our capabilities are unique, with a focus on
simulation and modelling, and sustainability. They also include work in
composite manufacture, metallic glasses, nano-materials (graphene, coatings
and sensors), low energy casting, thermal barrier coatings and Wire Arc
Additive Manufacturing (WAAM).
Our Values and Commitments
Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we
do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.
We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study
together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident
Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We
are also committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each
role. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and
Inclusion and Flexible Working here.
Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our
Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to
flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing
the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.
How to apply
For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Professor
Krzysztof Koziol, Professor of Composites Engineering and Head of Enhanced
Composites and Structures Centre on (E): K.Koziol@cranfield.ac.uk
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E:
firstname.lastname@example.org or T: +44 (0)1234 750111. Please quote reference number
Closing date for receipt of applications: 15 June 2022