Senior Researcher in Ceramic Technology

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Location: Johnson Tiles, Stoke On Trent

Contract: Fixed term from 01/09/2022 to 31/01/2025

Working pattern: Full-Time, working 37 hours per week

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield have been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership to work with Johnson Tiles (Stoke on Trent) that aims to improve understanding, develop new products and minimise material wastage in their current ceramic production.

You will be a Senior Researcher in Ceramic Technology for the University of Sheffield but located primarily in Stoke at Johnson Tiles’ main production site. There, you will liaise with Johnson Tiles’ engineers on how to minimise production wastage, explore the possibility of light-weighting products and design experiments that can be carried out at Sheffield during short periods of secondment to progress understanding.

We are looking for an exceptional ceramic researcher with a good track record in carrying out independent and original research and development, the publication of research papers, and the capability to interact with colleagues at the University and Johnson Tiles.

Johnson Tiles ( is the largest UK manufacture of tiles where you will be supervised by Jason Bridges, Production and Procurement Director. Materials Science and Engineering at Sheffield remains one of the largest and most active research centres for materials in the UK.  At Sheffield, you will be jointly supervised by Prof. Ian Reaney ( and Prof. Derek Sinclair (

In undertaking the exploration and development of this materials technology, you will contribute to improving the production processes at Johnson Tiles and help develop new products. You will also gain first-hand experience of the research methods and stages to implementation, helping to further your career in either university or industrial-based research and development.

We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and University.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

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