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Research Fellow in Bio-inspired Poroelastic Lubrication of Soft Surfaces

Are you an experienced and ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in Tribology and Material Science? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

This Leverhulme Trust funded project aims to exploit the current lubrication theories around natural synovial joints to deliver an in-depth understanding of poroelastic lubrication and the variables that contribute to their effectiveness. You will produce the tribological science and developmental framework which will underpin future developments for functional bearings designs. Your research will include the design, development and optimisation of novel material architectures to promote poroelastic lubrication at sliding interfaces. As part of this you will be expected to investigate the functional tribological properties of your materials both experimentally and analytically. 

You will work in a multidisciplinary team, with colleagues in the Institute of Functional Surfaces (iFS) in the School of Mechanical Engineering and Imperial College, London.You will use and develop your skills in mechanical engineering, analytical modelling, engineering tribology, and will contribute to laboratory meetings, conferences and publications with iFS and other collaborators.

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

Dr Michael Bryant or Professor Anne Neville

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2161 or email or

Further information

 The Faculty of Engineering is proud to have been awarded the Athena Swan Silver Award from the Equality Challenge Unit, the national body that promotes equality in the higher education sector. Our equality and inclusion webpage provides more information.

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering
School/Institute:  School of Mechanical Engineering
Section:  Institute of Functional Surfaces
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £32,548 to £38,833 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (30 months (grant funding))
Closing Date:  Tuesday 12 December 2017
Reference:  ENGME1114
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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