Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

United Kingdom
Oct 11, 2016
Nov 07, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

To undertake one of the research projects, offered at Queen’s University Belfast, which form part of a Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network (“ICONIC”), leading to the award of a PhD. To participate in training programmes, workshops, summer schools and conferences. To complement the training programme through secondments with other consortium members and disseminate research outcomes through conference presentations, journal papers and other means as appropriate.


  • Conduct research in the area of developing sustainable energy absorbing materials for transportation structures (Project 1) or
  • Thermoplastic self-reinforced composites for energy-absorbing applications (Project 2).
  • Record, analyse and write up results of own work and contribute to the production of research reports and publications.
  • Prepare regular progress reports on the performed research and training activities.
  • Present the research outcomes to the group research seminars and to external audiences to disseminate and publicise research findings.
  • Carry out the research and training activities specified by a personal development plan (PDP). Refine the research programme with the assistance of supervisors.
  • Undertake planned secondments at partner sites as required.
  • Actively participate in PhD training programmes.
  • Work both independently and in collaboration with other ESRs to realise ICONIC’s overall project’s aims and objectives.
  • Participate in the ESR Council.
  • Produce regular reports to various stakeholders as required.
  • Assist in the planning and organisation of summer schools, workshops, international conferences and outreach activities.
  • Act as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Ambassador and visit schools to foster interest in STEM subjects.
  • Contribute to social media to promote the work of ICONIC.

Planning and Organising:

  • Manage own workload and time to ensure that milestone and deliverables are met.
  • Plan own day-to-day activity within the framework of the agreed research and training programme.
  • Contribute to the planning of research and training activities, reports and publications.
  • Make effective use of planned secondments.
  • Maintain an updated Personal Career Development Plan (PCDP).
  • Contribute to the PDP development and regular updates.

Resource Management Responsibilities:

  • Ensure research resources are used in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Provide guidance as required to support staff and any students involved with research and training.


Internal and External Relationships:

  • Work effectively with research colleagues and support staff on routine matters.
  • Build internal and external network of contacts to develop knowledge and understanding and form relationships for future collaboration.
  • Attend and contribute to relevant meetings and training events.
  • Contribute to the School and project outreach programmes by establishing links with local community groups, schools, industry.


  • MEng 1 Hons degree (or equivalent) in a Mechanical/Aerospace/Materials Engineering (or Science) or closely related discipline.
  • Experience in materials science/engineering.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of reinforced polymers.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrable interest in the subject.
  • Evidence of ability to communicate clearly and effectively with students, colleagues, professional bodies and managers/executives.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication in English.
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Evidence of good interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to contribute to the School and project outreach activities.
  • Demonstrable intellectual ability. Ability to organise resources, manage time and meet deadlines.
  • Satisfies MSCA definition of ESR and complies with mobility rule.
  • Eligible and qualified for enrolment in the PhD programme at QUB.
  • Willing and able to undertake placements at partner organisations.
  • Willing and able to travel to programme meetings and present at conferences.


  • Evidence of a major undergraduate research project in a related area.