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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Multifunctional Composites - QMUL25032

Department: School of Engineering & Materials Science
Salary: £34,220 - £40,194 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL25032
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 17-May-2021
Closing date: 04-Jul-2021

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About the Role

Applications are invited for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on a research project funded by the EPSRC project “ESTEEM – sustainable manufacturing for future composites”, within the group of Dr Han Zhang.

The position is supported by a three-year EPSRC funded project, in collaboration with MIT (US), University of Warwick, ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd. and LMK Thermosafe Ltd., to develop a universal solution to achieve energy efficient and intrinsically safe manufacturing based on sustainable materials for advanced composite systems. Integrated self-regulating heating and self-sensing capabilities will be achieved from this project for future smart lightweight structural applications.

About You

Applicants should hold a PhD, or equivalent research experience. You should have knowledge and experience in composite manufacturing, polymer and (nano) composite processing (melt- and solution-processing), conductive polymer composites, standard characterisation technique for polymers and composites. Experience in positive temperature coefficient effects, smart composite materials and damage sensing/detection in composites is also desirable. Applicants should be self-motivated and possess an ability to work independently and manage work timescales.

About the School

This post is within the School of Engineering and Materials Science, a large School with 70-80 academics and a similar number of postdoctoral research staff. There are around 1000 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students and 220 PhD students.  These are supported by an administrative and technical staff team of 45. The staff and student body are international in make-up.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable. Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. We continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is full time, with an expected start date of Sept/Oct 2021. The initial term will be 1 year, with the potential to extend the appointment for up to 3 years (the project duration). The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £34,220 - £40,194 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.


Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Han Zhang at

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 04 July 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.


The School of Engineering & Materials Science holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science 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.

Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality

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