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Research Associate: In Situ Imaging of Powder Processes / Additive Manufacturing
Harwell, Oxfordshire

Job reference: S&E-10040

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 17/06/2017

Salary: £31,076 to £38,183 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: X-Ray Imaging

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: From 01 June 2017 to 30 November 2019

You will join a dynamic group of academics, beamline scientists, post-docs and PhD students using in situ synchrotron, neutron and laser techniques to study advanced powder processes at the nano-structural to microstructural scales. The group, led by Prof. Lee, is based in the Research Complex at Harwell ( on the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, the UK’s largest site for national laboratories, including the UK’s synchrotron light source, Diamond (, ISIS Neutron Source and the Central Laser Facilities.

Your role will be to lead in situ imaging experiments as part of part of a new £10m Future Manufacturing Hub in Manufacture using Advanced Powder Processes (MAPP,, led by Prof. Todd at Sheffield, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). You will help design and commission unique process replicators that allow in situ synchrotron imaging of additive manufacturing, powder handing, sintering, etc. You will have experience in instrument design, synchrotron experiments, and quantification of the time-resolved images. You will need to apply existing, and ideally develop new, image processing techniques.

MAPP’s vision is to deliver on the promise of powder-based manufacturing processes to provide low energy, low cost, and low waste high value manufacturing routes and products to secure UK manufacturing productivity and growth. MAPP brings together leading research teams from the Universities of Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds, Oxford, and Imperial College London, together with an initial group of 17 industry partners and 6 of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) centres. You will work as part of this multi-institutional team, collaborating will experts in processing, characterisation, modelling and control. Your core project will be on radiographic, tomographic and reciprocal space imaging additive manufacturing; however, you will also perform synchrotron experiments in support of teams working on other processes.

You will need to show a high level of initiative and an ability to work both collaboratively and independently. Applicants should have a relevant PhD, or equivalent research experience, good team-working skills, and a strong command of English.  They should have a proven track record in the design of in situ laser AM rigs, synchrotron imaging, image processing, metallography, and high temperature experiments.

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

Interviews are expected to occur on June 27th, 2017, at the Research Complex at Harwell

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Peter Lee


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.


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