Call for Innovation Fellowships: EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub

Closing Date
Tuesday, 31st August 2021

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral Innovation Fellowship funded by the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub. The Fellowship will be for a period of up to two years and is aimed at early stage researchers looking to take the first step towards an independent research career. The EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub is a £10.3m investment to expand the national research effort towards delivering a step change in the production of polymer matrix composites, whilst training the next generation of composite engineers.

An Innovation Fellowship is a personal award, designed to provide the recipient with the necessary support to establish, or further develop themselves as a leader of the future. This award will enable the recipient to position their research topic within the wider academic field, to develop their leadership by establishing their own research group, and to act as an advocate for the Hub. 

The person appointed will be required to use their initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop research methods and extend their research portfolio. They will be expected to plan and conduct work using appropriate approaches or methodologies, and will be responsible for writing up their work for publication. The role holder will have already developed a credible research track record, contributing to major research projects in the field of composites manufacturing, enabling opportunities to be identified for new research proposals and collaborations within this field. 

Applicants are expected to develop a proposal at TRL 1 to 3 to facilitate a fundamental step-change in composites manufacturing technology within the UK. The proposal should examine a subject area that is ambitious and high risk, identifying key challenges and research questions not currently being addressed. 

Candidates must have (or be about to obtain) a PhD, or equivalent in a relevant area, together with the relevant research skills, knowledge and track record in the field of polymer composites. 

This call is open to all national and international researchers through a peer review process. Applicants are asked to consult their university’s research office ahead of submitting a proposal to this call, in order to be clear of the requirements for meeting the deadlines set out in the call document.

Applicants should send a detailed academic CV and a letter of support from the host institution, together with the completed application form to Dr Lee Harper, by 31 August 2021 (16:00).