Career and Collaboration Oppurtunities

If you have a vacancy in your lab or institution, please advertise with us.


Imperial is recruiting for an adaptable and creative PhD student, funded by industry. Working with a major developer of new battery technology, the student will be working on multi-scale modelling of lithium ion batteries. The student would ideally be available to start in 2020, and would be part of the electrochemical science and engineering group at Imperial, a thriving and supportive community of researchers working on solving exciting problems with the potential to improve our societies and the world around us.

Deadline is the 25 September 2020, please send a 2 page CV and a 1 page essay on what you think is the biggest challenge in modelling batteries, to

Scholarship could also be available to exceptional international students. 

More PhD studentships available at Imperial could be found at the link-

  1. Part-Time Research Associate for the ‘5GEM` Programme, Lancaster University.  Closing date: 12 July 2020 LINK
  1. Business development manager, Computer scientist and Deep learning scientist, Intellegens. Closing date not mentioned. LINK
Surface Engineering Leadership Forum (SELF): Apprenticeship Standards.

Over the past 2 to 3 years, members of the Surface Engineering Leadership Forum team have been involved in several trailblazer groups, to help put together apprenticeship standards for engineers employed within the surface coatings and surface engineering disciplines.

These have included standards at various levels of proficiency, including levels 2, 3, 6 and 7. The first standard approved is at Master Degree level 7, where post graduate engineers will learn specialised skills particular to Surface Engineering and Coatings, Heat Treatments, and Surface Treatments with a specific emphasis on helping your business.

The introduction of these valuable new apprenticeship standards is fully supported by the Surface Engineering Association along with many other key technology Institutes and Associations.

The first course meeting the level 7 standard is planned to commence in January 2021 and will be offered through Cranfield University. The delivery will consist of taught modules, group and individual project, case studies, to be followed by an end point assessment. Duration will be 30 months part time.

At the present time, in light of the Coronavirus situation, it has not yet been decided as to whether taught sessions will take place at the University or via electronic distance learning. In either case, sessions will be delivered by both senior academics and high-ranking professionals from industry. There will be plenty of time set aside for group discussions.

The full cost for this apprenticeship will be £17,000, which can be funded through the Apprenticeship levy. However, of special interest to SME’s will be the ability to claim back 95% of this cost, resulting in a company contribution of £850 over the 30 months of the course.

Much of the work required will be able to be conducted within the apprentice’s workplace, and it is predicted this will take up about no more than 20% of their time. The individual case study will, almost certainly, involve a project within the employers’ organisation, so there will be immediate benefit to the business. Tools and techniques learnt whilst studying can, of course, also be immediately applied to your business.

The outcome of the apprenticeship will be a qualified engineer ready to help lead your company forward through digital manufacturing to become World Class.

More information can be obtained through contact with SELF, or the organisers at Cranfield University: Jeff Rao:; 01234 754185.

Level 7 Materials Process Engineer apprenticeship course

Manufacturing Technology and Management MSc course starting in January 2021

To download the brochure for the course, please click on the button below

Cranfield University intends to launch a Manufacturing Technology and Management MSc course in January 2021 which will satisfy the requirements of the Level 7 Materials Process Engineer apprenticeship standard that the Surface Engineering Leadership Forum (SELF) has contributed to over the past two years. The task now is to encourage companies to enrol staff to join the course and further details are given below.

Link to the website showing details of the course

A webinar about the course is scheduled for Monday 19 October at 10:30 (details below). Anyone interested can submit questions in advance via this link:

Details of the Zoom session: Jeff Rao is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Materials Process Engineer
Time: Oct 19, 2020 10:30 AM London
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Meeting ID: 935 9202 2772
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