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Chair in Sustainable Materials

The University of Manchester
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2 Feb 2022

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Chair in Sustainable Materials


Salary: Chair on Professorial Scale according to relevant experience

Ref: SAE-018020

Applications are sought for a Chair in Sustainable Materials (REF) in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Manchester.

This position is associated with the strategic goal of the Faculty of Science and Engineering to build an internationally leading interdisciplinary grouping in sustainable materials. This is part of a programme at the University to develop disruptive solutions for sustainable futures. This interdisciplinary team will sit within the Faculty with strong links to the Sir Henry Royce Institute, the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, Manchester Environmental Research Institute, the Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub and the Sustainable Consumption Institute. In addition, interdisciplinary research will be facilitated through the newly established Sustainable Futures platform in the University of Manchester.

Areas of interest include: smart sustainable materials; polymer degradation; renewable and earth abundant materials; composite and polymer recycling; design for disassembly.  The candidate’s research should be in one or more of polymer and composite chemistry, materials engineering, catalysis, materials characterisation and processing, circular economies, ecological impact and end of life.

Salary and start-up package are by negotiation, with scope to fully recognise applicants of the very highest standing. This post is advertised as full-time, but a part-time and flexible appointments may be considered.

The Faculty and the University are fully committed to supporting and progressing equality, and the University holds a number of equality, diversity and inclusion awards, including our Athena Swan and Race Equality Charter Mark.  We encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation and transgender status.

We have a package of family-friendly policies, covering flexible working, career breaks and entitlement to paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave.  Further benefits are described at 

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered.


To apply, please click on the apply button to visit our website.

Closing date: 2 February 2022.

We are currently piloting positive action in recruitment, aiming for at least one in three of the applicants that meet the essential shortlisting criteria and are to be interviewed (after shortlist) for this role to be women, BAME, Black, LGBTQ+ or have a declared disability. Appointment will be made on merit and equal opportunities data completed by applicants will not be accessible by the Recruiting Manager and panel.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.


The University of Manchester ( has a bold and exciting plan to be one of the top 25 Universities in the world by 2020, backed by an on-going £1 billion investment in facilities, staff and buildings.  This builds on our tradition of success that stretches back over 180 years.  Manchester ranks in the top 50 Universities in all global league tables.  The birth of the modern computer, the splitting of the atom, the founding principles of modern economics, the discovery of graphene, and the birthplace of chemical engineering – these and many more world changing innovations have their roots at our University.  We are at the forefront of the search for solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems, boasting strong collaborative links with industry and public services.

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