University of Exeter
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Published: 1 month ago
Application deadline: Jun 25
Location: Devon, United Kingdom
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Surface scatter optimisation for electromagnetic control

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

EPSRC Prosperity Partnership: Tailored Electromagnetic & Acoustic Materials Accelerator (TEAM-A)


The post

The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to undertake research into the design and characterisation of novel materials for use in the infrared and optical regimes, with a particular focus on the control of scatter effects.  The aim is two-fold: to provide validation and calibration of new modelling codes being developed at Exeter (by Dr Jacqueline Christmas): and to develop materials solutions to solve customer problems relating to the control of transparency, glint and glare. This role will be based at QinetiQ's laboratories at Farnborough, providing access to a wide range of specialised equipment not normally accessible to Universities, including some UK-unique apparatus.

This post is available immediately 3 years, and you will join TEAM-A ( The tailored electromagnetic and acoustic materials accelerator, an EPSRC Prosperity Partnership programme. The aim of this partnership, which builds upon the successful relationship that exists between the University of Exeter and QinetiQ, is to develop advanced materials that can be used to control and manipulate the propagation of electromagnetic and acoustic energy, in a highly tailored, bespoke fashion, and develop innovative techniques for their cost-effective manufacture.

You will be undertake a mix of fundamental research and customer problem-solving, providing them with valuable insight into the both the execution and exploitation of research.  They will be trained in the use of a wide variety of experimentation and modelling techniques relating to infrared and optical performance, and be given opportunities to experience a wider range of industrial research activities, such as product field trials, outdoor imagery, product design and direct customer interactions. The publication of high-quality scientific papers will be a key metric in this project.

You will

- Possess a relevant PhD.

- Demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.

- Be able to: present information on research progress and outcomes; communicate complex information - in all forms.

- Undertake complex measurement tasks in a repeatable and reliable manner; and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.

Due to the nature of the work that QinetiQ is involved with, applicants will need to obtain a security clearance (to be arranged by QinetiQ). For this reason, we have need to limit applicants to UK nationals who have resided in the UK for at least the past 5 years. We apologise if this means you are no longer eligible to apply; however, access to QinetiQ's facilities requires UK nationality and we are unable to make exceptions.

Before submitting an application you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting: Dr Jacqueline Christmas, telephone 01392 723039 or email

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce. 

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University of Exeter
University of Exeter
Location: Devon, United Kingdom
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