Sheffield Hallam KTP / Cook Defence Systems
graduate job
Expires16 days

Polymer/Materials Engineer (KTP Associate)

Job description

The Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) in collaboration with Cook Defence Systems (CDS) is looking to recruit a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate for a unique, exciting and challenging project.

The project is designed to increase the service life of Armour Fighting Vehicle (AFV) tracks by improving the durability of the rubber bushes within them. The project will develop superior rubber compounds and define protocols for component design and manufacture that will increase product performance and lead Cook Defence Systems to new business opportunities.

This is a high profile project, of strategic importance to the company and represents a great opportunity for a graduate to participate in an exciting new venture.

MERI is a dynamic and interdisciplinary research institute with a highly successful record of collaborative research. It is dedicated to addressing industrial problems, both nationally and internationally, through the application of fundamental science. It comprises 4 research centres of which The Polymers, Nanocomposites and Modelling Research Centre is central to this KTP.

For non-EU applicants, we may be able to offer a certificate of sponsorship for this job if required.

What we are looking for

  • Experience of mechanical, chemical and physical testing of manufactured components will also be expected.
  • Any experience of mechanical testing (e.g. tensile, flexural, compression and hardness) would be desirable.


You will be educated to degree level (2:1 or better) or hold a Masters or PHD level in science, technology, engineering, chemistry or a polymer related field and have an experience of materials technology gained either in industry or on a substantial project within a degree or masters course.

Accepted degree subjects

  • physics
  • transport engineering
  • mathematics
  • aerospace engineering
  • chemical engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • chemistry
  • materials science
  • computer sciences and IT
  • electronic and electrical engineering
  • civil engineering and construction

Additional job details

County Durham
£25,000 - £35,000

salary dependent on experience (fixed term for 2 years)

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term


How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 9 September 2019

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Closing date:  9 September 2019

Expires16 days