Research Associate in Optimising the Performance of Magnetocaloric Materials
Imperial College London Department of Materials
United Kingdom

Job summary

This post is based in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. The post holder will be responsible for performing research into the in operando behaviour of magnetocaloric alloys (LaFeSi based materials), to understand mechanisms of failure, and to design materials processing routes to optimize performance under active cooling conditions. The project is in collaboration with Camfridge UK and is funded by Innovate UK. Cooling...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01099
  • Date posted 11 November 2019
  • Closing date 11 December 2019

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,215 – £43,734 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Materials
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

This post is based in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. The post holder will be responsible for performing research into the in operando behaviour of magnetocaloric alloys (LaFeSi based materials), to understand mechanisms of failure, and to design materials processing routes to optimize performance under active cooling conditions. The project is in collaboration with Camfridge UK and is funded by Innovate UK.

Cooling applications uses 15% of the world energy consumption producing XXXX tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. However, solid state cooling materials, such as magnetocaloric materials, offer the possibility to be far more efficient and therefore drastically reduce this output. The challenge now is to successfully incorporate magnetocaloric materials in to functioning cooling systems with good reliability. Therefore, the aim of this project is to work with our industrial partners Camfridge to optimise the performance of magnetocaloric materials so they can be incorporated into a working prototype.

Duties and responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

Research:

  • Designing and performing operando experiments
  • Development of mechanical test measurements (under applied magnetic fields)
  • Design and testing of failure mitigation measures
  • Perform materials characterisation: mechanical testing, surface morphology, microstructure, phase identification, chemistry analysis
  • Present experimental findings to the immediate research group, and colleagues on a regular basis
  • Collaborate with academic and industrial colleagues
  • Write articles for publication and present papers/ posters at national and international conferences as directed by the head of laboratory
  • Work well within a dynamic group of students and Research Associates
  • To provide general assistance from time to time with other research related activities
  • To write progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination via journals, presentations and the web
  • Oversee, supervise and train, in association with the head of laboratory undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • To comply with relevant College policies, including Financial Regulations, Equal Opportunities Policy, Promoting Race Equality Policy, Health and Safety Policy, Information Systems Security Policy and Intellectual Property Rights and Register of Interests Policies

Teaching:

  • Undertake instruction of PhD and BSc students as required
  • Supervise practical work and advise students on techniques

Essential requirements

Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following:

  • For Research Assistant level, a first degree (or equivalent) or a Masters (or equivalent) in materials science, mechanical engineering, chemistry or physics or related discipline.
  • For Research Associate level, a PhD (or equivalent) in materials science, mechanical engineering, chemistry or physics or related discipline.
  • Experience and Knowledge
  • Experience in either performing small scale mechanical testing experiments or of understanding of electrochemical/corrosion behaviour of systems
  • Materials Characterization experience (electron microscopy –SEM, TEM)
  • Experience of designing in situ/operando experiments
  • Health and Safety
  • General knowledge of Research Governance
  • Experience with magnetic materials
  • Experience with cooling systems
  • Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to design, perform and analyse experimental data
  • Knowledge of metal surfaces and ability to prepare samples for surface and fracture experiments
  • Ability to keep accurate records
  • Ability to make effective use of scientific literature to direct research
  • Ability to teach and supervise in your area of research
  • Good interpersonal and organisational skills;
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to encourage a good research culture in others
  • Flexible approach to working hours according to the requirements of the technical procedures
  • Ability to exercise initiative and work independently
  • Ability to relate appropriately to others
  • Ability to write research related documentation and papers
  • Good presentation skills
  • Ability to perform magnetic measurements

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477- £38,566 per annum.

For additional information please contact: Prof Mary Ryan m.p.ryan@imperial.ac.uk, Dr Finn Giuliani, f.giuliani@imperial.ac.uk

Further guidance may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan (d.khan@imperial.ac.uk).

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk.

Please apply via our website searching for job number https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/

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