University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Research Fellow

United Kingdom

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Research Fellow Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Location: Highfield Campus Salary: £34,980 to £41,732 Full Time Fixed Term Closing Date: Friday 26 April 2024 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: 2667024A3

The Energy Technology Group at the University of Southampton invites applications for a post-doctoral research assistant position in the area of lubrication, soft matter and experimental optics. This position is ideally suited for researchers fascinated by light interaction with ordered and disordered nanoscale systems and interested in developing optical technology to characterize them and explore their behaviour in tribological contacts. We offer an exciting opportunity for an enterprising candidate to join a truly multidisciplinary project, sponsored by the EPSRC, which will be carried out by a team of experimental chemists, physicists, and engineers. The project will use a well-documented optical technique to develop an exciting novel setup for in-situ investigation of liquid crystals lubricants in tribological contacts.

To support the extensive experimental side of the programme, you will have strong practical skills and a track record in the areas of optics, tribology, mechanical systems, liquid crystals and soft matter. Your prime responsibilities will be the development of the bespoke version of optical setup fitted tribometer, its operation, testing its capabilities, running experiments and formulating protocols for its optimum use in various operating conditions. The aim is to establish structure-property relationships between different nano-structured films and their optical response.

It is essential you have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Optics, Mechanical systems, Soft matter, Liquid crystals, Tribology.

You will conduct independent, high quality experimental research and work closely with one doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, senior academics, and industrial project partners in London and Tokyo, who will be responsible for the theoretical and management aspects of the project. As a member of the Energy Technology Group within Mechanical Engineering at Southampton you will benefit from the extensive network of collaborations with members of the group. There will be an opportunity to guide PhD and Master students.

Funding is available for three years starting from 1 October 2024.

For further information please contact Dr Monica Ratoi ([email protected])

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

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    Job details


    Research Fellow


    University of Southampton


    United Kingdom


    March 23, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 26, 2024

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Engineering,Physics,Space Science

    About the employer

    One of the top research universities in the U.K., the University of Southampton is best-known for its innovative learning system. The university is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities. Originating from Hartley Institution in 1862, Southampton got the university status in 1952.
    The University of Southampton offers undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation year courses in various disciplines. The different departments of the university include the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Apart from the core subjects, Southampton also offers some exclusive areas of study including audiology, acoustical engineering, archaeology, criminology, optoelectronics, and gerontology.

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