Research Assistant – Cranfield University

    Cranfield University
    Admin/ Secretarial / PA
    37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday
    Salary £24,739 to £28,338 per annum, pro-rata with additional performance related pay up to £35,420 per annum, pro-rata
    Job description

    As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally.  Our distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.

    Our people are our most valuable resource and everyone has a role to play in shaping the future of our university, developing our learners, and transforming the businesses we work with. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here: Working life at Cranfield.

    Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. To find out more please visit our website:

    Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) provides unique educational opportunities to the defence and security sectors of both public and private sector organisations. Based at the UK Defence Academy at Shrivenham in Oxfordshire, CDS is the academic provider to the UK Ministry of Defence for all postgraduate education and training in engineering, science, acquisition, management and leadership.

    The role holder will contribute to research in cutting edge Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology. The role has two parts i) the development of a novel AM method for the printing of energetic materials. ii) materials control for enhanced outputs from the AM built devices.

    The role is challenging and involves planning, integrating and coordinating diverse responsibilities within the research project. This includes the delivery of milestones, communication and cooperation with international project partners and sponsors and the associated health and safety aspects of working with energetic materials. The role holder will work closely with a variety of colleagues to deliver the project.

    You will be educated to degree level in chemistry and have a background in chemistry, additive manufacturing and have some engineering skills, be self-directed, well organised and able to deliver a forward-looking research plan for themselves over both short and medium timescales. The role holder will have excellent project and time management skills, ensuring that milestones and deliverables are achieved to time and to high quality.

    The role will involve short-term responsibilities such as day-to-day project management, interaction with wider project teams and organising project meetings. As different tasks will require different time periods for planning, flexibility and good coordination skills will be important.

    In return, the successful applicant will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key position, and to support world leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

    At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential.

    Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

    We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role.  To find out more, please visit

    For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Dr Ranko Vrcelj at

    Interviews will be held 30 July 2020.

    Closing date: 28/07/2020

    How to apply