Research Associate/Fellow in Thermal Spraying of Silicon Carbide Coatings (fixed term)
University of Nottingham Department of Engineering
United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow in Thermal Spraying of Silicon Carbide Coatings (fixed term)





Closing Date

    Thursday, 23rd May 2019

Job Type





    £27025 to £31302 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30395 with relevant PhD).


Applications are invited for the above position offered in the Coatings and Surface Engineering team in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham. The University of Nottingham is one of the leading UK research institutions; ranked in the top 1 per cent of all universities worldwide. The Faculty of Engineering involves over 250 academics and is an international reference in thermal spray coatings. The team has world-class facilities for manufacturing, testing and modelling of advanced spray coatings, as well as a proven track-record in delivering high quality research, leading to high quality peer-reviewed publications and impact case studies. 


The proposed research is leading-edge, and expected to lead to high quality publications and industrial applications, making this an ideal training opportunity for an industrial or academic career. The researcher will join a vibrant, supportive world-class research team, which regularly engages with pioneering scientists and engineers. The purpose of this role is to conduct research in an Innovate UK funded project “Development of a novel Silicon Carbide thermal spraying process” for a high value manufacturing sector. The project team consists of an innovative European company and three other leading manufacturers in the UK.


The candidate will conduct research into ceramic feedstock development (oxide and carbide materials), develop thermal sprayed coatings from powder and suspension, conduct state-of-the-art characterisation, and study tribology behaviour. We are keen to hear from candidates who are creative in solving engineering problems.


Candidates must have an excellent understanding, and preferably direct experience, of one or more of the following areas: ceramic materials, surface engineering and thermal spray coatings.  Candidates must hold a PhD degree or equivalent in materials/ mechanical/ manufacturing engineering or chemistry. In addition, they should be have good leadership and communication skills and the ability to work in a team.   Experience of working with structural ceramics industry is preferred.


The work will be led by Dr Tanvir Hussain at the Faculty of Engineering. This role will be offered on a full-time, fixed term contract for 24 months. Job share arrangements may be considered.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Tanvir Hussain at . Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted


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