Fixed term for 9 months, 37 hours per week
This role requires the postholder to undertake research in accordance with the Future Fashion Factory Project objectives. The Future Fashion Factory creative R&D partnership is a GBP 5.4 million programme of ambitious research and development funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge fund via the Creative Industries Cluster Programme that seeks to create the world's first designer-led, digitally enabled creative design and technical innovation platform for high value, luxury goods.
Working in collaboration with university and industry partners, you will identify and develop innovative solutions for textile and fashion applications. The research programme will be directed at materials development in one or more of the following areas: colouration of textiles, textile nano functionalisation, plasma treatment, stratified fabric production. In addition to materials development and characterisation, you will design new or adapt existing fabric manufacturing processes and establish underpinning structure-property relationships. You will be involved in forging new collaborative research activities with other scientists, engineers, designers and industries linked to Future Fashion Factory.
You will be part of the Technical Textiles Research Centre (https://research.hud.ac.uk/institutes-centres/isiaip/ourcentres/technical-textiles/). The Technical Textiles Research Centre at the University of Huddersfield aims to re-establish the town and region as a world leader in textiles by harnessing the newest technology and manufacturing techniques. The centre has received considerable interest from UK textile manufacturers from a wide array of applications, as well as overseas commercial and academic organisations. The focus is on high-performance technical textiles that are bespoke and of high quality. Huddersfield's heritage as a major centre for the chemical industry is another catalyst for the research centre. The centre brings together expertise in disparate fields of science, including technical textiles, engineering, digital technology, textile processing, cellulose science, medical textiles (implantable, non-implantable, healthcare environment materials), fibre and polymer chemistry, pharmacology, surface functionalisation & material science. This group has unique expertise in chemistry related to technical textiles. Moreover, a multi-disciplinary team of University of Huddersfield's academics, researchers and students in fields that include chemistry and engineering as well as textiles are part of this centre to foster real transdisciplinary research.
Technical textiles are flourishing and are used in a wide range of consumer & industrial applications requiring diverse properties, including absorbent hygiene products, agriculture/horticulture, apparel, composites, construction, electronics, filtration, furnishings, insulation, medical, personal protection, structural engineering, & wipes. A key objective of the research centre will be to address a number of serious global challenges, including dealing with the quality of life of an ageing population, which is one of the four grand challenges announced by the UK Industry Strategy. A desire of our centre to influence the replacement of petrochemical-derived fibres with more sustainable, renewable alternatives is in direct synergy with the Global Challenges Research Fund.
You will have a good first degree in Chemistry, Materials Science or Textile Technology; prior experience of research relevant to textile functionalisation; design of experiments in research; the design, manufacture and characterisation of fibre-based materials; excellent laboratory experimental skills related to materials processing and characterisation; excellent written and oral communication skills as well as proven ability to work as part of a team.
Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Parik Goswami, by telephone 01484 47 3564 or email email@example.com
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