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Research Fellow (Post Doctoral Research Assistant)

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £33,797 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Thursday 09 September 2021
Interview Date:   Wednesday 29 September 2021
Reference:  1445621DA

Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (Research Fellow) position within the Astronautics Group, in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. 

The post will work on the development of Ionic Liquid Ion Sources as focused ion beam sources for material fabrication. It involves detailed characterisation of these sources and their interaction with substrates, in collaboration with the Optoelectronics Research Centre and their World Class Clean Room Facilities, through collaboration with Dr Oleksandr Buchnev, ORC. The work is a direct spin out of our work on electrospray ion thruster technology, and we welcome people who have worked in this field to apply. We also welcome applicants from other disciplines such as ion beam technology, experimental plasma physics, materials engineering, etc.

The post is offered on a full-time, fixed term basis for 3 years.

It is desirable that the person has experience in designing and testing ion thruster technology or ion beam experience, or a demonstrated aptitude for learning new fields of research. The person should have a PhD in aerospace engineering, experimental beam physics, or materials engineering focused on ion beam uses. It is desirable that the person has experience of operating large vacuum chamber facilities, and a strong aptitude towards experimental testing. Additionally, a strong track record of high-quality journal publications is an advantage.

At the University of Southampton, we value diversity and equality. The University recognises that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance. Due consideration will also be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness. Both the University of Southampton and Chemistry are proud to hold Athena Swan Silver Awards.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application. This reference system is automated so please ensure you provide the correct email address and allow time for these to be received, prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1445621DA on all correspondence. 

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

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We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial backgrounds, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity. 

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated on the job. 

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