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Research Associate in sustainable Functional Devices

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) currently has 38 academic staff including 15 Professors, 5 Readers, 11 Senior Lecturers and 7 Lecturers, supported by 20 technical and 16 administrative staff. One of seven
Departments in the Faculty of Engineering, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering currently has more than 50 postdoctoral research staff, 200 research students, 100 MSc students and 250 students taking taught MEng and BEng degree programmes. The Department’s teaching is underpinned by world-leading research, and facilitated by world-class facilities.

The post is part of a £2.5M grant on sustainable functional ceramics and devices within the energy and electronics sector.

The Research Associate will have experience in ceramic synthesis, electrical characterization, structural characterisation and device fabrication using screen printing, tape casting and related technologies. They will carry out research and characterize a diverse range of sustainable functional devices and in turn prepare papers for journals/presentations to both internal and external audiences and write supporting documents to contribute to and support the work of the research group.

The Research Associate will also interact with a large team of related Research Associates and PhD students with the Functional Materials and Devices Group, passing on their knowledge and expertise as appropriate and working as part of a coordinated team. They will also develop a strong profile in the academic community as well as a willingness to interact with industry to create wider impact in the field of sustainable functional materials and devices.

It is essential that the successful applicant should have a PhD in a relevant area of ceramic technology and fabrication and characterization of sustainable functional devices.

You can view the supporting documentation by clicking on About the Job and About the University located near the top of your screen.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Carry out research to fabricate and characterize sustainable functional devices in the electronics and energy sectors in the fields of, for example e.g., piezoelectrics, fuel cells, thermoelectric and capacitors.
• Attend technical meetings as appropriate in order to offer opinions and report on progress and breakthroughs in the project.
• Prepare papers for journals/presentations either in-house or at national/international conferences or seminars to disseminate research findings.
• Write supporting documents to contribute to and support the work of the Functional Ceramics and Devices Research Group led by Professor Reaney, for example reports and interim reports.
• Read academic papers, journals and textbooks and attend conferences to keep abreast of developments.
• Plan research effectively and report to supervisors on a regular basis.
• Plan for specific aspects of research programmes. Work often has to be delivered to meet timescales dictated by the multidisciplinary nature of research in the energy and electronics sectors.
• If given a particular hypothesis to examine, plan for own contribution up to three months ahead, incorporating issues such as the availability of resources, deadlines, project milestones and overall research aims.
• Design individual experiments weekly.
• Coordinate and liaise with other members of the research group over work progress.
• Supervise research team/activities if required.
• Continuously monitor and check results. The unpredictability of research means that daily planning needs to accommodate new developments.
• Plan several months in advance to meet deadlines for journal publications and to prepare presentations and papers for conferences.
• Carry out administrative roles such as helping organise seminars and conferences.
• Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.


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