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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Materials Characterization and Testing


Standard Grade 7: £36,023 - £44,263 per annum

Closing date

Sep 25, 2023 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate in Materials Characterization and Testing to join Prof. Emilio Martinez-Paneda’s research group (the Mechanics of Materials Lab) at the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford).  This fixed-term post is funded by an EPSRC New Investigator Award (NEXTGEM).


You will conduct laboratory experiments to understand material-environment interactions, with a particular interest in corrosion, including pitting and stress corrosion cracking, and hydrogen embrittlement. You will have the opportunity to use advanced material characterisation techniques (SEM, TEM, APT, XCT) and conduct mechanical tests, including fracture and fatigue, in aggressive environments. You will also be expected to take part in collaborative work, take part in the activities of the research group, submit publications to reputed journals and liaise with academic collaborators and sponsors.


You must have obtained or be close to obtaining a PhD in Materials Science, Mechanics of Materials or a related subject. Also, you should have experience in at least one of the following:


•            Mechanical testing

•            Environmentally assisted fracture testing

•            Temperature-programmed hydrogen desorption

•            Materials characterisation (SEM, XCT, TEM and/or APT)

•            Electrochemical testing

•            Metallurgy


The initial appointment will be for one year but there are opportunities for extension based on performance and/or availability of funding.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Emilio Martinez-Paneda  (email:


For more information about working at the Department, see


Only online applications received before midday on 25th September 2023 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.




The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.


Materials engineering,  Microscopy, Mechanical testing, Materials characterisation, Stress corrosion cracking

Contact name

Professor Emilio Martinez-Paneda

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