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University Academic Fellows, The Bragg Centre for Materials Research

Are you an experienced and ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a strong research background in advanced materials? Do you want to further your career in a world-leading, research-intensive Russell Group University? 

With a vision and drive to contribute to a world-leading research portfolio, as well as a passion for undertaking research-led teaching, you will make a significant impact on the performance, stature and profile of research and student education at the University of Leeds.

We are seeking up to three University Academic Fellows (UAFs) to be associated with the Universty’s Bragg Centre for Materials Research (‘the Bragg Centre’). The Bragg Centre is part of the £96M University investment in the new Sir Henry Bragg Building, which will also provide new accommodation for the Schools of Computing and of Physics & Astronomy, and will integrate our Engineering and Physical Sciences Schools. 

The vision of the Bragg Centre is to:

  • Bring together the fundamental understanding, modelling, design and fabrication of materials with their exploitation in new devices, systems and applications, underpinning 21st century research challenges in disciplines across the physical sciences and engineering, and beyond this to the life sciences. 

  • Open up new ways of working, and further reduce any physical boundaries between key disciplines, through creation of internationally-leading, future-proofed, integrated suites of shared specialist experimental facilities, and through the physical co-location of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Schools in the broader Sir William Henry Bragg building. 

  • Foster a culture of inter-disciplinary collaborative research and enable new collaborations between world-leading researchers across campus to address some of humankind’s greatest challenges. 

  • Align the Bragg Centre with Leeds leadership of external research activities such as those based on the SuperSTEM at Daresbury, the Diamond Light Source at Harwell, the ISIS neutron facility, and via the Henry Royce Institute, the UK’s national centre for research and innovation in advanced materials, of which the University of Leeds is a founding partner.

  • Create a vibrant PhD, postdoctoral and UAF interdisciplinary community, and attract and retain internationally-leading researchers, to work at the forefront of these interconnected fields. 

  • Nurture the academic and leadership potential of all Bragg Centre researchers, who will deliver our ambitious research priorities and aspirations including: 

    • producing outputs of the highest academic quality;

    • attracting substantial public and private sector funding by consolidating existing, and forming new, national and international research collaborations;

    • catalysing rapid growth in the societal and economic impact of our research beyond academia both nationally and internationally;

    • integrating key industry partners. 

The Centre’s research is focussed around six broad themes, which align with critical mass research groupings and are supported by internationally-leading facilities:

  • Analytical Science
  • Bionanotechnology

  • Electronic and Photonic Materials

  • Functional Surfaces

  • Multiscale Materials

  • Soft Matter

Successful candidates will pursue research that complements or aligns with one or more of these broad research themes of the Bragg Centre.

Career Pathway: Tenure track equivalent post requiring successful completion of a five-year development plan, leading to appointment to a grade 9 Associate Professor, with the potential for accelerated progression.

Find out more about our Academic Fellowships

For any queries, please email:

To explore the post further, please contact:

Professor Giles Davies FREng, Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation (Faculty of Engineering), and Chair of the Bragg Centre for Materials Research Steering Group

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2070 (PA: Mrs Susan Hobson)


Application Requirements

As part of the application process you will be required to upload the following documents:
1.    A CV;
2.    A list of publications;
3.    A statement detailing your research and academic plan (no more than 2 sides of A4).

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering
School/Institute:  Bragg Centre
Category:  Academic
Grade:  Grade 8
Salary:  £40,792 to £48,677 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Ongoing
Release Date:  Monday 28 January 2019
Closing Date:  Sunday 10 March 2019
Reference:  ENGBC1000
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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