Postdoctoral Research Fellow - RF and Microwaves
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - RF and Microwaves

Job description

EPSRC Prosperity Partnership: Tailored Electromagnetic & Acoustic Materials Accelerator (TEAM-A). This post is funded by EPSRC.

This post is available immediately for three years in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to support the work of Professor Alastair Hibbins. This post is available as soon as possible, but no later than 1 Oct 2018 for a period of three years. You will join TEAM-A: The tailored electromagnetic and acoustic materials accelerator, an EPSRC Prosperity Partnership programme. The aim of this partnership, which builds upon the successful relationship that exists between the University of Exeter and QinetiQ, is to develop advanced materials that can be used to control and manipulate the propagation of electromagnetic and acoustic energy, in a highly tailored, bespoke fashion, and develop innovative techniques for their cost-effective manufacture.

The role holder will be employed and mentored by the University of Exeter, whilst being primarily based at QinetiQ - an industry leading company of scientists and engineers- due to the UK-unique facilities that are available at their Farnborough headquarters. This is a fantastic opportunity for an early stage researcher to gain experience in a leading high technology company, whilst at the same time maintaining their academic profile.

Due to the nature of the work that QinetiQ is involved with, applicants will need to obtain a security clearance (to be arranged by QinetiQ). For this reason, we have limited our applications to UK nationals who have resided in the UK for at least the past five years. We apologise if this means you are no longer eligible to apply; however, access to QinetiQ's facilities requires UK nationality and we are unable to make exceptions.

The post will focus upon developing new technologies for the control and redirection of radio frequency (RF) energy, for use with systems such as radar, RFID and WiFi. The work will initially examine: the use of liquid conductors to create switchable, flexible conductive components in appliques; and the design of particle-based negative refractive index (NRI) lenses and attenuators. You will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies. The publication of high-quality scientific papers will be a key metric in this project.

What we are looking for

You will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. At Postdoctoral Research Fellow level, you will be a nationally recognised authority in an aspect of RF and microwave materials. Be skilled in electromagnetic simulations, and RF and microwave experimental techniques and be able to develop research programmes and methodologies. You will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.

You will be appointed at Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Grade F) depending on the skills and experience the individual can bring to the role.

Candidates should demonstrate their achievement against the relevant criteria in the accompanying person specifications which will be used to make an appointment at an appropriate level.

Accepted degree subjects


How to apply

Applications should be made via the Apply button. Search ref R60125.

For further information please visit our website on or contact Professor Alastair Hibbins or telephone (01392 722100).

Interviews are anticipated to take place on week commencing 18 June 2018.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 05/06/2018

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Closing date: 05/06/2018

Additional job details



Salary grade F. Depending on qualifications and experience. Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

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