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Research Engineer in Materials and Coatings for Air Foil Bearings (KTP Associate)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-016655

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 08/06/2021

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum (depending on experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering

Hours per week: full time

Contract Duration: starting 1 July for 24 months

School / Directorate: School of Engineering

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious graduate with the ability and confidence to manage a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project with Cummins Turbo Technologies (CTT).   

The University of Manchester and CTT are looking to recruit a Research Engineer in Materials and Coatings for Air Foil Bearings (KTP Associate) to undertake this 24 month project which has the overall aim of developing, embedding and exploiting expertise in advanced engineering materials and coatings for novel air foil bearing components to be utilised within automotive air handling applications.

The position will provide the successful candidate with a unique opportunity to play a central role in an exciting interdisciplinary project that adds materials engineering expertise to mechanical engineering expertise in air foil bearings, and develops it for use on CTT’s projected zero emissions-enabling powertrains.

Candidates will require a minimum of a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in the field of mechanical engineering or closely related discipline.  Priority will be given to candidates who additionally have a PhD in a relevant area (particularly mechanical engineering with focus on rotating machinery dynamics including bearings and associated tribology, or materials science/materials engineering with focus on surface engineering and tribology).

This post is funded through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) award, a UK Government scheme intended to promote sustained and mutually beneficial relationships between universities and industry. 

Based at CTT in Huddersfield, the successful candidate will work directly with supervisors from both the University and CTT and will use the facilities and resources of both organisations.  

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. All appointments will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Blended working arrangements may be considered

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 Philip Bonello


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

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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