This is a full-time fixed term 2 year Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the ultimate goal being to be able 'to make wetsuits from wetsuits'. It will involve a brand new way of looking at the manufacture of wetsuits and will contribute to a closed loop process, thereby addressing the currently huge environmental issue of what to do with wetsuits at their end of their functional life.
Working within the Finisterre team and supported/mentored by leading materials Professor Oana Ghita, the aim is to develop a fully recycled and recyclable wetsuit, investigating options for materials, manufacturing and recycling processes, carrying out in-depth materials and industry analysis, developing new testing techniques and investigating remanufacturing and circular economy concepts. The post is based in St. Agnes, Cornwall with Finisterre.
This exciting role will shape the future of wetsuit design and the successful applicant will need to be passionate and committed with a willingness to challenge the status quo. The position will give you the chance to develop a wide skill base covering design, manufacturing, product development and its commercial application. It is an exciting opportunity bridging the gap between research and business at the frontline of materials research within the surfing industry, working in a brand that is known for its innovative approach to product design.
The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information orally, in writing and electronically, as well as prepare proposals and present findings to both the University and to the business.
Applicants will possess a relevant degree and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.