Research Fellow – Nanocomposites

Reference: 108411-0124

Research Associate/Fellow



The work of this role is directly related to the achievement of the above Global Goals.

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About the Role

The development of biodegradable polymers and products are a key step towards a sustainable and green future.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated researcher to develop biomass-derived biodegradable polymers and nanocomposites to achieve high-performance products with good melt-processing ability, stability and controllable biodegradability.

This is a joint research project among Sheffield University, Imperial College London and the University of Warwick, sponsored by EPSRC.

It offers you excellent opportunities to work with polymer scientists and biotechnologists across disciplines and universities.

At Warwick, you will be focused on developing biomass-derived nanomaterials and polymers, reactive processing and characterisation.

You will have access to extensive research facilities in the International Institute for Nanocomposites Manufacturing (IINM) Nanocomposites ( WMG, as well as communication with academic and industry partners.

About You

We are looking for a candidate who has educated in polymer science and characterisation, with sound experience in a range of practical laboratory skills. The ideal candidate should also be highly motivated and have good skills and experience in both polymer chemistry and processing.

For further information regarding the skills required for this role please see the personal specification section of the attached job description.

If you are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD but have not yet had it conferred, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant at the top of level 5 of the University grade structure.

Upon receipt of evidence of the successful award of your PhD, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure.

About the Department

For further information about WMG, please visit our website.

About the University

Born in the 60s with a mindset of boldness, imagination and collaboration, the University of Warwick is a world-leading research-intensive university with the highest academic and research standards. We’re one of the world’s top universities, ranked 67th in the world and 10th in the UK*, with 92% of our research assessed to be ‘world leading or internationally excellent’**.

You’ll be joining a diverse, innovative and globally connected community committed to igniting real world progress. Here at Warwick, we offer you opportunities to follow your ambitions as long as you bring the energy and determination to succeed.

*QS World University Rankings 2024

** Research Excellence Framework 2021

To find out more about us visit our website.

How to Apply

For informal enquiries, please contact:

Professor Chaoying Wan (
To apply please complete your essential personal details and attach a CV and cover letter by the closing date of 28 February 2024.

Please ensure your CV includes your most recent employment experience along with any additional relevant experience and education history.

Your cover letter should detail how you meet each of the essential and desirable criteria for this post.

The interviews will be held on: TBC

What we Offer

We will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus Christmas closure, excellent learning and development opportunities, and savings on a wide range of products and services. We offer a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities.

We recognise the importance of a healthy work/life balance and offer you access to flexible working, for more information click here.

We are proud to say that we are a Living Wage employer.

If you are considering relocating to the UK, read our Relocation Guide to find out more about what Warwick has to offer and what might be involved in the process.

Our Commitment to Inclusion

Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive working and learning environment.  We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued.  Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social, and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here.

The University currently holds a Race Equality Charter Bronze Award, Athena Swan Sliver Award and a Disability Smart Bronze Award. The University of Warwick is also one of the six founder institutions of the EUTOPIA European University Alliance.

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