Research Associate (Experimentalist) CIDAR

Job Reference : S&E-11944
Location : Sackville Street, Manchester
Closing Date (DD-MM-YYYY) : 13/07/2018
Salary : £31,604 to £38,833 per annum (according to relevant experience)
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Hours Per week : Full Time
Contract Duration : 1 June 2018 to 31 August 2019

A Research Associate (Grade 6) is required for the development of optoelectronic systems for the quantitative imaging of carbon dioxide and non-volatile particulate matter (nvPM) in the exhaust plumes of large commercial jet engines. The work forms part of the CIDAR (Combustion species Imaging Diagnostics for Aero-engine Research) project, funded by the EU Clean Sky 2 joint undertaking.

Your main duties will be the development of an nvPM imaging capability, based on Laser Induced Incandescence (LII). The project will develop this system to near-commercial readiness (TRL6), in collaboration with project partners in the UK and Spain.

Good communication, interpersonal and organisational skills are essential.

You will have an experimental bias and will be responsible for the construction and testing of the prototype nvPM imaging system. Experience in experimental optics, lasers and networked instrumentation is desirable. Basic mechanical design / prototyping skills would be advantageous.

The successful applicants will report to Dr Paul Wright in the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering but will also collaborate with colleagues across the CIDAR consortium. You will be based in Manchester but will require some business travel, including periods worked overseas.

The post is initially of 15 months duration, commencing on or around 1st June 2018.  The post may be extended until May 2020.

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr. Paul Wright


Tel: 0161 306 4785

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further Particulars


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.