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Research Fellow - RF and Microwaves Job
Full time
Salary: The starting salary will be from £34,520 up to £36,613 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences


This new full-time post is available from February 2018 on a fixed term basis until 5 February 2021. 


EPSRC Prosperity Partnership: Tailored Electromagnetic & Acoustic Materials Accelerator (TEAM-A)


This post is funded by EPSRC


The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.


The post


The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to support the work of Professor Alastair Hibbins. This post is available immediately for a period of up to 3 years. The successful applicant will join TEAM-A: The tailored electromagnetic and acoustic materials accelerator, an EPSRC Prosperity Partnership programme. The aim of this partnership, which builds upon the successful relationship that exists between the University of Exeter and QinetiQ, is to develop advanced materials that can be used to control and manipulate the propagation of electromagnetic and acoustic energy, in a highly tailored, bespoke fashion, and develop innovative techniques for their cost-effective manufacture.

The role holder will be employed and mentored by the University of Exeter, whilst being primarily based at QinetiQ - an industry leading company of scientists and engineers- due to the UK-unique facilities that are available at their Farnborough headquarters. This is a fantastic opportunity for an early stage researcher to gain experience in a leading high technology company, whilst at the same time maintaining their academic profile.

Due to the nature of the work that QinetiQ is involved with, applicants will be expected to get security clearance. For this reason, we have limited our applications to UK nationals who have resided in the UK for at least the past 5 years. We apologise if this means you are no longer eligible to apply; however, it is a matter of national security and we are unable to make exceptions.


The post will focus upon developing new technologies for the control and redirection of radio frequency (RF) energy, for use with systems such as radar, RFID and WiFi. The work will initially examine: the use of liquid conductors to create switchable, flexible conductive components in appliques; and the design of particle-based negative refractive index (NRI) lenses and attenuators. The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

About you

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.  At Postdoctoral Research Fellow level, the successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in an aspect of RF and microwave materials. Be skilled in electromagnetic simulations, and RF and microwave experimental techniques and be able to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.


The successful candidate will be appointed at Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Grade F) depending on the skills and experience the individual can bring to the role.  Candidates should demonstrate their achievement against the relevant criteria in the accompanying person specifications which will be used to make an appointment at an appropriate level.


The University offers some fantastic benefits including 41 days leave per year, options for flexible working, numerous discounts at leading retailers, an onsite gym, yoga and pilates, a cycle to work scheme and a stunning campus environment in the heart of Exeter.  If you are not currently in Exeter please have a look at our for some further information on what a beautiful part of the country we are based in.


For further information please contact Professor Alastair Hibbins, e-mail , or telephone (01392 722100).


The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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