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The University of Manchester at Harwell, Research Fellow in Extreme Science
Harwell, Oxfordshire

Job reference: SAE-018401

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 25/04/2022

Salary: £42,149 to £51,799 per annum (according to relevant experience) plus £3000 location allowance

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Mechanical, Aero & Civ Eng

Hours Per Week: 1 FTE

Contract Duration: Immediately for 5 years

School / Directorate: School of Engineering

The University of Manchester at Harwell (, wishes to increase its capacity in the area of extreme science. We are offering a prestigious academic position to a research fellow that will include development of cells and environments to enable research and testing of extreme science phenomena. The position is for a 5 year period and is a joint venture between the University of Manchester (UoM), the European Office of Aerospace Research Development (EOARD), and the national facilities at Harwell. 

You will be appointed jointly by the Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering (MACE) and The University of Manchester at Harwell (UoMaH) together with EOARD, ISIS and DLS. You will be based and managed, by the UoMaH Director at the Harwell campus, and be affiliated to the Department of MACE. Your work will involve the design of experiments and the development of cells and extreme sample environments, including the use of on board sensors and control electronics, and execution of experiments across different fields. The sample environment development will cross a range of mechanical states, will span flow and extreme loading will be applied using a range of static and dynamic high pressure rigs up to 100s of GPa.  ​​​​​​​

You will be expected to propose beamtime experiments, leveraging the new experimental capacity at the various facilities, and to write further research council applications to leverage funding to support launch of additional programmes. We thus envisage advances in both equipment, technical reach and available resources to fuel a rapid increase in output in the later years. We are looking for candidates who have a track record in generating peer-reviewed papers, winning and directing grant/project income and teaching under- and postgraduate students. Guidance and review will be judged though presentations to EOARD, UoM and the National Facilities.

Please note that interviews will be held very shortly after the closing date, and you will be invited to give a 10-minute presentation: “Outline your proposed approach to developing extreme science research at National Facilities, particularly using the Harwell Neutron, Laser and X-ray Sources”.

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: Professor Neil Bourne, Director, The University of Manchester at Harwell

Tel: 01235 567497



Name: Professor Kevin Taylor, Professor of Geoscience, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences,

The University of Manchester

Tel: 07920 411246


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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, and the guidance notes on submitting your application.  Note that you will need to upload a CV and provide names of 3 referees, so please have these to hand.


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