Research Fellow in Tribology as an Enabling Technology

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7106600 (Ref.No. EPSME1101)
Posted: July 28, 2022

Job Description

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. Holding a PhD degree (or close to completion) in experimental micro/nano tribology and/or experience of small scale fabrication research. This together with a positive approach to collaborative research.

Approximately, 2 x 1 month periods of overseas secondment work are required for this post at our research partners’ sites (Norway and Germany).

We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements. 


What we offer in return 

And much more!   


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: [email protected] 


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:  £34,304 to £40,927 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Until 30 Sep 2023, with the potential of a 12 month extension (grant funding))
Release Date:  Wednesday 27 July 2022
Closing Date:  Sunday 21 August 2022
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  EPSME1101


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