Career Path: 2 ways to build a career in academia

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 11 am (Eastern Time)

Two early career academics discuss the different paths that they have taken into permanent teaching positions in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Birmingham.


Understanding that there are multiple possible routes into academia, the key decisions that need to be taken, and what the application and interview process involves.


In this webinar, Dr. Sam Cruchley and Dr. Richard Sheridan will give an overview of their career development to date, pinpointing the key decision points and plan (or lack thereof) to forge a career in academia.

The format will be a combined presentation followed by open discussion with Q&A.

Dr. Sam Cruchley

Sam Cruchley is a Lecturer in Materials Education and Head of Education in the School of Metallurgy and Materials. He received his BSc in Sports and Materials Science from the University of Birmingham in 2009 and his PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2015.

Following this he went to work in industry for a number of years spending some time working for the National Nuclear Laboratory as a metallurgist within the waste management and decommissioning team. Sam then worked for Rolls-Royce plc. as a Materials Scientist within the Materials, Corrosion and Chemistry team. Upon leaving Rolls-Royce, he returned to the University of Birmingham and worked initially on an EU funded programme to develop a European wide Master’s course in metal additive manufacturing while also conducting research into additive manufacturing and hot isostatic pressing of a range of alloys.

Sam was promoted to the role of Lecturer in Materials Education in 2019 and to Head of education in 2020.

Dr. Richard Sheridan

Richard Sheridan is a Lecturer in Magnetic Materials and Deputy Senior Tutor in the School of Metallurgy and Materials. He received his BEng in Materials Science and Engineering in 2009 and his PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2013.

Richard worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Magnetic Materials Group at the University of Birmingham on EU funded projects utilising a high temperature hydrogen reaction to change the microstructure and magnetic properties of primary and secondary Nd-Fe-B alloys developed during his PhD. Richard has also worked on internationally funded projects aimed at utilising the pilot scale strip caster to produce thin flakes of Nd-Fe-B alloys with unique microstructures. Richard’s current work is on high temperature magnetic materials for use in aerospace and other extreme environments.

Richard was appointed Lecturer in Magnetic Materials in June 2018 and Deputy Senior Tutor in December 2018.


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If you have any questions, please contact Yolanda Natividad.

This webinar is brought to you by ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA).

The PCSA is ACerS student leadership organization. The mission of PCSA is to engage students as active and long-term leaders in the ceramics community and to increase participation in ACerS at the local, national, and international levels.