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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term) - Neutron reflectivity of organic friction modifiers

A two year post-doctoral position is available to work with Prof Alex Routh to look at the conformation of organic friction molecules under conditions of high temperature, pressure and shear. Using neutron reflectivity the arrangement of lubricants against model surfaces will be measured.

The position is available from April and is a collaboration with Infineum UK.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in neutron reflectivity and fitting the resulting data. A PhD in Chemical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, or a relevant physical science is essential. Experience with laboratory work and planning of experiments will be required.

The ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organisational and problem-solving skills are required. The duties / responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives, writing up work for presentation and publication, collaborating with academic and industrial partners, assisting in the supervision of student research projects, and delivering seminars and occasional talks.

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Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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