Surface Analysis and Surface Engineering in Tribology and Corrosion

In tribocorrosion and tribochemistry activities (under direction of Professor Anne Neville and Dr Ardian Morina) there is a research activity comprising more than 15 PhD students and 4 Post Doctoral Research Assistants. The activity supports two Masters’ courses, two EU funded Marie Curie programmes led by Leeds and industrial income in excess of £2.5m. In 2014 a Centre for Doctoral Training will recruit the first cohort of students and 7 to be based in Leeds; this will bring a further £320K industrial income. The Institute of Functional Surfaces (iFS) researchers have an international reputation in the corrosion and tribology research area. This fellowship will strengthen and expand the Institute’s research by supporting the advanced material analysis with sophisticated imaging and spectroscopy techniques through development of links with Diamond Light Source and other similar international institutions.

Integrity is an important theme for EPSRC; this encompasses Tribology and Corrosion. Also, another main engineering challenge identified by the EPSRC is materials efficiency, recovery, re-use and recycling. Use of advanced materials and their sustainability are underpinning for energy and environment industries such as oil and gas, automotive, renewable and manufacturing industries. Material reliability depends greatly on the modified surface properties due to interaction with the environment, being that corrosive environment in oil and gas industry or lubricant (through tribochemistry processes) in automotive and renewable energy industries.
The fellowship is strategically important to build links with the newly appointed Bragg Chair and to extend our existing links with the scientists at UK Diamond facility.
You will focus on building research capability in in-situ studies of micro- and nanoscale interface phenomena in corrosive and tribological environments. This will facilitate development of mechanistic and numerical models that will accurately describe the material properties and their engineering relevant macro-scale performance such as wear and friction when subjected to different environments.

You will work together with existing iFS researchers and National/International researchers in academia and industry to develop an understanding of near surface processes in tribology and corrosion. This will ensure that there are strong high impact outputs and impact case studies to support the REF2020 submission. You will also contribute to postgraduate and undergraduate training through supporting the Joint European Master in Tribology of Surfaces programme, the Oilfield Corrosion Engineering Master Programme and undergraduate final year projects.

The recruitment is aimed at early and mid-career researchers with a track record of publication and evidence of (the potential for) funding.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Anne Neville, Deputy Head of School, tel: +44 (0)113 343 6812, email:

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