Postdoctoral Research Assistant for KTP Research Associate in the Design of Novel Silicone Composites Queen Mary University of London, School of Engineering and Materials Science United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL11709


Department: School of Engineering & Materials Science

Salary: £32,405 (Grade 4) 

Reference: QMUL11709

Date posted: 23-May-2017

Closing date: 21-Jun-2017


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               School of Engineering and Materials Science

                 Post title: Postdoctoral Research Assistant

                                         Ref: QMUL11709

 KTP Research Associate in the Design of Novel Silicone Composites

 School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)


Supervisors:  Dr J. Gautrot and Dr E. Bilotti


Project Details:

A KTP Research Associate position focusing on the design of novel silicone-based composites is available in the groups of Dr J. Gautrot and Dr E. Bilotti. This project will focus on the development of novel chemistry for advanced silicone composites with tailored properties and their characterisation for applications as adaptable adhesives.


Silicone-based elastomeric materials and composites are found in a very wide range of products and applications, from high performance heat resistant polymer materials and sealants to biomaterials for implants and tissue engineering. Their low cost, ease of processing and excellent mechanical properties, thermal stability and bio-inertness have contributed to make this class of materials particularly important for Industry. However, their use in a wider range of applications and compatibility with novel and fast evolving processing technologies requires the design of novel chemistry.


This project will develop novel methods to control the crosslinking of silicone base materials. The successful candidate will develop skills in materials chemistry and associated structural characterisation as well as mechanical characterisation. The associate will also develop management, product design, manufacturing and commercialising skills. This project will be in close collaboration with FormFormForm Ltd and will involve substantial work with the team behind the invention and design of Sugru (


Our research group has a strong track-record in the field of materials science: their design and synthesis, but also application as smart materials and biomaterials ( The successful candidate will join our multidisciplinary team and build a strong expertise in the fields of materials chemistry, structural, physical and mechanical characterisation and processing.


Applicants must have a PhD in Materials Sciences.


The post is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 36 months and is available from July 2017.  The starting salary will be £32,405 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave, a defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.


Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.


Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Julien Gautrot at 

Details about the school can be found at

 To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below. The closing date for applications is 21 June 2017. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter. 

 The School of Engineering & Materials Science and Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science


The School of Engineering and Material Science holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award and is a registered member of WISE.   We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for childcare support for the attendance of conferences. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN and the WISE principles we strongly encourage applications from women.

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