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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Research & Development Project Lead (BFTT Partnership) - QMUL21866

Department: School of Engineering & Materials Science
Salary: £34,220 per annum (pro rata) (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL21866
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 18-Mar-2020
Closing date: 18-Apr-2020

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About us

Queen Mary is one of London and the UK’s leading research-focused universities. With over 20,000 students, it is amongst the largest of the colleges of the University of London. Queen Mary’s 4,000 staff teach and research across a wide range of subjects in Science and Engineering, the Humanities, Social Sciences and Laws, and Medicine and Dentistry.

This post is within the School of Engineering and Materials Science, a large School with approximately 70 academic staff and 45 postdoctoral research staff. There are around 1000 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students and 220 PhD students. Circa 40 administrative and technical staff support the staff and students. The staff and student body are international in make-up. The School is partway through a refurbishment project that is upgrading research and teaching space. The School holds a departmental-level Bronze Athena SWAN award and is committed to equality of opportunity.

About the role

The principal aim of the project is to deliver a renewably powered machine that can transform rescued aluminium cans into hardware.

The main purpose of this role is to work collaboratively with the Academic Mentors and Elvis & Kresse to facilitate the delivery of the R&D project’s key objectives including:

  • Hacking the industrial aluminium recycling process by designing/building testing and open-sourcing small scale renewably powered forge; we will be exploring all potential processes including but not limited to mirrors, solar panels, lens designs, sintering and induction techniques
  • Coordinating design ideas from around the world, designing and building the forge and molds, testing the first designs, and managing the production budget
  • design and manufacture hardware (buckles, clasps, D-Rings, rivets) and trial a ‘returns’ based circular business model for hardware.

For further details of the role and selection criteria please refer to the job specification attached.

The post is a part-time, fixed term appointment for 18 months, available from April 2020.  

The salary will be £34,220 per annum (pro rate for part-time) inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave (pro rata), 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 Haixue Yan at or on +44 (0)20 7882 5164.

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

The closing date for applications is 18 April 2020. 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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