Research Associate in the SKF University Technology Centre (UTC) for Tribology

Job summary

Are you an experienced researcher looking for greater responsibility and seniority in industry and academia?

The Tribology research group are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on a series of research projects covering all areas of rolling bearing tribology with focus on rolling contact fatigue failure mechanisms and bearing efficiency.

This post is based in the SKF University Technology Centre (UTC) at Imperial, inaugurated in 2010. The UTC focuses on Advanced Modelling and Measurement in Tribology, ensuring research is rapidly and successfully applied to real SKF applications. The funding from SKF supports the operations of the Centre and a number of PhD and postdoctoral researchers who work on projects under the UTC umbrella.

In this post, in parallel to working on specific research projects you will help to run the day-to-day activities of the UTC, monitoring the progress of all ongoing UTC projects, leading the Steering Group meetings, making budgetary decisions and acting as a third supervisor on selected UTC PhD projects.

The position requires a significant level of autonomy and offers an excellent pathway into both academia and R&D management in industry.

Duties and responsibilities

  • You will conduct multiple research projects in all aspects of fundamental tribology of relevance to rolling bearings with focus on surface failure mechanisms, particularly rolling contact fatigue, and bearing friction, particularly at high speeds.
  • You will develop new experimental and numerical methods for use within the UTC.
  • You will support the day-to-day activities of the SKF UTC and communicate with the UTC sponsors.
  • You will follow progress of all UTC projects, escalating matters arising to UTC co-directors as needed.

Essential requirements

  • For appointment at Assistant level, you should have a degree in a relevant engineering subject area. Research Associate appointment will require a PhD in Tribology or a closely related discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • You will have significant expertise and experience in running PCS MPR pitting and micropitting experiments, and MTM/ETM ball-on-disc tribometers.
  • You will have deep knowledge and understanding of the operation of rolling bearings and mechanisms of rolling contact fatigue.
  • You will have experience of designing and implementing new experimental set-ups.

Please review the Job Description for the full list of duties and requirements.

Further information

This is a fixed term position for up to 24 months in the first instance.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £40,694 to £43,888 per annum.

This position is eligible for a hybrid working structure, with a minimum of 3 days per week on site.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr Amir Kadiric at .

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