Research Fellow in Experimental/Modelling of Soft Tribological Systems

University of Leeds School of Mechanical Engineering

Research Fellow in Experimental/Modelling of Soft Tribological Systems

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge?  Do you have a background in Tribology, Surfaces or Interfaces?  Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research-intensive Universities?

This role is one of eight Research Fellow positions funded by a current Programme Grant in Tribology, which is running until the end of August 2023. You will join a vibrant research institute (Institute of Functional Surfaces) and be part of a project investigating the science of friction.

You will work on a project that is developing novel experimental testing and modelling strategies to understand friction and wear of soft soft/poroelastic materials. The modelling work will build on existing codes developed earlier within the research programme. The project will integrate the understanding of highly deformable materials with the interaction of an active liquid in solid/poroelastic structures.

Holding a PhD (or have submitted your thesis before taking up the role) in experimental tribology or numerical methods, ideally related to Tribology, you will have experience of developing advanced bespoke tribology tests and/or numerical models and an understanding of the challenges associated with modelling of soft tribological systems, together with a positive approach to collaborative research.

What we offer in return

  • 25 days holiday plus 15.5 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – That’s over 40 days a year!
  • Pension schemes with a generous contribution from the University. 
  • Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.
  • Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team, and self-development courses including languages, Creative Writing, Wellbeing Therapies and much more.
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.

And much more!   

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

, Director of the Institute of Thermofluids

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2177 or email:


, Director of the Institute of Functional Surfaces

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 8965 or email:

Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute: School of Mechanical Engineering
Section: Institute of Functional Surfaces
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 p.a.
Working Time: 37.5 hours per week
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (Until 31 August 2023 (grant funding))
Release Date: Tuesday 07 June 2022
Closing Date: Wednesday 06 July 2022
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: EPSME1094