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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL25427

Department: School of Engineering & Materials Science
Salary: £34,733 - £40,797 per annum pro rata (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL25427
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 08-Sep-2021
Closing date: 21-Sep-2021

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About the Role

As part of the AHRC funded BFTT (Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology) project, applicants are invited for 2 part-time (totaling 1 full time equivalent) Postdoctoral Research Assistants to work under the supervision of Prof. James Busfield and Dr Emiliano Bilotti for up to 15 months. The post-holders will be responsible for the main research activities of the BFTT project. The overall aim is to develop more sustainable, circular and intelligent wearables for the fashion and textile industry.

BFTT is one of nine game-changing Creative R&D Partnerships as part of the Government’s investment in the UK’s creative industries, awarded to The University of the Arts London and partners, including QMUL. BFTT is focused on delivering innovation and growth throughout the entire fashion and textile supply chain, from manufacturing to retail. Started in 2018, the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s Creative Industries Clusters Programme has been strengthening the creative industries’ position as vital to UK economic growth and resilience, and provide direct links into shaping Government policy.

About You

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Material Science and Engineering or equivalent subjects. The candidate will also have experience in appropriate research techniques including: polymer and/or rubber processing; electrical/thermal/mechanical characterization and/or force/strain sensing.

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.


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, staff networks 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 posts are based at the Mile End Campus in London and are expected to start in October 2021. These two posts are part time (totaling 1 full time equivalent when combined), fixed term appointment for 15 months. The salary for both posts will be in the range of £34,733 - £40,797 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 Prof. James Busfield ( or Dr. Emiliano Bilotti (

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

The closing date for applications is 21 September 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.


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