A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, to work on the development of biomimetic infrastructure materials as part of the £4.7M multi-disciplinary multi-institutional EPSRC-funded Programme Grant Resilient Materials for Life (RM4L), see http://rm4l.com/. RM4L aims to achieve a transformation in infrastructure materials using a biomimetic approach to create materials that can adapt to their environment, develop immunity to harmful actions, self-diagnose the on-set of deterioration and self-heal when damaged.

The post will focus on corrosion in cementitious infrastructure materials and on the development of self-diagnosing and counteracting systems, through self-immunising and self-healing, to address different exposure and applications scenarios. Steel corrosion is the largest and most costly deterioration problems in reinforced concrete, with a UK annual budget of >£1 Billion.

The key responsibilities and duties are driving, planning and conducting individual and collaborative research activities including the development of novel biomimetic systems for preventing and/or arresting corrosion; the design, execution and analysis of corrosion experiments; addressing manufacturing and scaling up challenges of developed biomimetic systems and linking up with relevant RM4L work.

The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge Cambridgeshire, UK.

Applicants must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in civil engineering materials, chemistry, materials science, materials engineering, or relevant discipline; to have expertise in corrosion in cementitious systems; to have experience in the design and manufacture of relevant materials and laboratory experiments; to have excellent communication, organisational and problem solving skills; to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team and to engage with industry partners. Relevant experience in self-healing materials would be advantageous.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.


Fin out more on funding and application process here.