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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Dynamic Properties of Polymers


Standard Grade 7: £36,024 - £44,263 per annum

Closing date

Dec 01, 2023 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Dynamic Properties of Polymers to join Clive Siviour’s research group at the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford).  The post is funded by UKRI and is fixed term for 8 months.


This post contributes to a number of projects on the mechanical response of polymers.  Approximately half of your time will be spent on dynamic characterisation of engineering polymers.  Here, you will build on time-temperature based techniques for determining dynamic properties of biomaterials and elastomers.  The other half will be spent working more broadly on designing techniques that can be applied to circular plastics, including novel test and processing methods.  These will be applied to polymers derived from renewable feedstocks; there will be an opportunity to develop further projects with our industrial partners as the post develops.


You will hold a relevant PhD/DPhil (or be near completion), with significant knowledge/expertise in experimental mechanics of polymers (thermo-mechanical testing), optical techniques for measuring polymer response (including temperature rises at different strain rates) constitutive modelling and Finite Element modelling. Good programming skills (Matlab, Python) are required.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Clive Siviour (


Only online applications received before Noon on Friday 1st December 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.

Keywords: Polymers; Mechanical Testing; Imaging; Circular Plastics

Contact name

Professor Clive Siviour

Contact email