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Research Fellow in Tribology as an Enabling Technology

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Are you able to think outside the box to find innovative solutions for bringing tribology forward as a useful enabling technology? Do you have a background in tribology, surfaces or interfaces? Have you got skills in 3D nanomanufacturing? Do you want to join a world-leading team of functional surface researchers? And do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

We are looking for a proactive individual to join our Institute of Functional Surfaces (iFS), bringing with you your excitement for ground breaking collaborative research. You will join this vibrant research institute and be part of several projects investigating Tribology (as an enabling technology).

Tribology is an enabling technology and in this new EPSRC grant awarded through the International Centre-to-Centre Scheme, we will be progressing the understanding of grasping as a limitation in robotic systems and developing tribo-based manufacturing techniques. You will undertake a highly collaborative academic research position, as defined in the work plan developed between leading researchers at the University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield.

This is in partnership with our world-leading nano-manufacturing and robotics partners in Europe and the United States. Holding a PhD degree (or close to completion) in numerical methods related to Tribology and/or experience of small scale fabrication research. You will have experience of developing experimental validation of numerical models and an understanding of the challenges associated with modelling tribological systems. This together with a positive approach to collaborative research.

Approximately, 3 x three month periods of overseas secondment work are required for this 2 year post at our research partners’ sites (Norway, Germany and USA).


To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Ardian Morina, School of Mechanical Engineering

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 36965 or email: a.morina@leeds.ac.uk 

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Mechanical Engineering
Section:  Institute of Functional Surfaces
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (24 months due to grant funding)
Release Date:  Friday 20 September 2019
Closing Date:  Sunday 20 October 2019
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  EPSME1005
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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