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  Polymer Processing in a Circular Plastics Economy

   Department of Materials

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  Prof M Shaver  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub within the Department of Materials at the University of Manchester and housed in the Henry Royce Institute is seeking enthusiastic and collaborative polymer chemists or engineers to develop the next generation of sustainable polymers. The project builds on our existing expertise in designing polymers and systems that retain or enhance properties through mechanical recycling for application in tackling the urgent challenge of plastics circularity. Rheological modelling and process control mapped to chemical characteristics of post-consumer recyclate helps circularise our plastics economy. The project is under the direction of Prof. Michael Shaver as part of a diverse team addressing academic and industry challenges in sustainable polymer science.

While attitude and desire is the overriding factor in choosing a candidate, some experience in polymer rheology or extrusion would beneficial. You should be capable of working under your own initiative and building relationships in a diverse and driven team. We are committed to Athena SWAN principles to promote women in science. The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


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Before you apply 

We strongly recommend that you contact the lead supervisor for this project before you apply. 

How to apply 

To be considered for this project you’ll need to complete a formal application through our online application portal

When applying, you’ll need to specify the full name of this project, the name of your supervisor, how you’re planning on funding your research, details of your previous study, and names and contact details of two referees

Your application will not be processed without all of the required documents submitted at the time of application, and we cannot accept responsibility for late or missed deadlines. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  

If you have any questions about making an application, please contact our admissions team by emailing [Email Address Removed]

Equality, diversity and inclusion 

Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester and is at the heart of all of our activities. We know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact.

We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status. 

We also support applications from those returning from a career break or other roles. We consider offering flexible study arrangements (including part-time: 50%, 60% or 80%, depending on the project/funder). 

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Funding Notes

This is proposed to be 3.5 years self funding project.
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