Based in the heart of one of the world’s finest cities, these prestigious 5-year awards support early career researchers and academic innovators of the highest promise from all countries to develop their careers in a supportive, high quality environment. You will concentrate initially on world class research and innovation, with a focus on delivering high impact results. We will support you, through the course of your fellowship, to develop your contribution to education and the full spectrum of our activities, thus developing you as a fully rounded member of our academic community. It is anticipated that following a successful review the majority of Chancellors Fellows will transition to an open-ended post at an appropriate grade.
Chancellors Fellows in the ‘Materials and Manufacture’ theme will pursue research that has a strong application focus, probably involving industrial and/or end-user partners. The fellows will draw upon areas of current research excellence across Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Informatics and Mathematics.
This topic is broad and has the potential to benefit a wide range of end users through close collaboration with industry.
Prospective candidates will present a vision to advance one or more of the following topics:
Additive Manufacturing of advanced materials and living tissue
3D printing of advanced metal alloys and fibre reinforced composite materials offers novel design and manufacturing possibilities for the industrial, automotive and aerospace industries. The combination of tissue engineering and 3D printing of biomaterials offers potential for radical advances in healthcare.
Sustainable chemicals manufacture
Chemical and Biochemical process design spans across disparate skill sets that are already strong in our Schools of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Engineering; these Schools are already engaged together in establishing the field of Industrial Biotechnology, with extensive support from BBSRC and EPSRC.
Collaborative design and manufacture across complex supply chains will require extensive research in the provision of product modelling and manufacturing systems engineering and will include the analysis of complex data. Advances in augmented and virtual realities and generative design offer new platforms for industrial products. In this endeavour, the wider theme of Data-Driven Innovation is key, and it will pull together current research topics in Informatics and Engineering.
Commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, this topic will require advancement of enabling technologies in the Internet of Things, sensors, and cognitive computing.
Computationally intensive engineering design
The development of a "virtual laboratory" for the computationally intensive design of new materials and manufacturing processes. This many involve quantum-level modelling, molecular dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, computational nanoscience, multiscale modelling and analysis, and the use and design of high performance computing algorithms and software.
Candidates will have specific domain expertise, supported by a relevant track record of achievement that will enable rapid engagement in an appropriate topic. Applications from candidates currently working in industry will be particularly welcome.