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Research Associate in Advanced Temporal Imaging of Powder-based Manufacturing and Manufactured Products
Sackville Street, Manchester

Job reference: S&E-13274

Location: Sackville Street, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 11/02/2019

Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 per annum (according to relevant experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: -

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: 18 Months from Agreed Start Date

School / Directorate: School of Materials

An opportunity has arisen for a well-qualified and highly motivated individual to become part of the Manufacture using Advanced Powders and Processes (MAPP) hub, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).  The hub brings together researchers from the universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Oxford and Manchester to develop novel powder-based manufacturing processes, with particular consideration of microstructure development and resulting performance.

This post is based at the University of Manchester and will be supervised by Prof. Philip Withers, within the School of Materials. 

MAPP is a £10m EPSRC-funded Future Manufacturing Hub, with a vision 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, and to secure UK manufacturing productivity and growth. Led by the University of Sheffield, MAPP brings together leading research teams from the Universities of Leeds, Manchester and Oxford, Imperial College London and University College London, alongside key industrial partners and six of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) centres. MAPP will recouple manufacturing process development with underpinning materials science, with a research programme spanning the fundamentals of powder materials, advanced in-situ process monitoring and characterisation, and new approaches to modelling and control. For further information please visit

The key experimental tasks of the candidate will be to employ a wide range of in situ techniques to exploit X-ray tomography and diffraction techniques to track the microstructural development of powders and microstructure evolution during hot isostatic pressing (HIP) as well as as-manufactured additive manufactured powder parts in order to develop new fundamental understanding of processing-microstructure relationships. Particular focus will be the development of in situ real time experiments and their analysis.

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You will undertake key experimental and characterisation work for the project, and be expected to analyse and disseminate these results within the MAPP consortium, to industrial partners, through conference presentations and through high-quality journal publications.  You will also work with other members of the consortium to design, plan and execute novel imaging experiments.  The post-holder is also expected to become a key member of Prof. Withers’ research group, making significant contributions to its success, and playing an active role in areas such as student supervision and wider development of experimental methods and techniques.

Candidates will require a first degree (BSc/Eng or MSc) or equivalent, and a Ph.D. (or equivalent experience) in a materials related subject (physics, materials science, engineering, chemistry, etc); and be an experienced user and developer of X-ray imaging methods.  Experience of designing in situ environments and undertaking and analysing in situ experiments is desirable along with the ability to handle and analyse large data sets and employing scripting languages such MATLAB and/or Python; have excellent communication skills across a range of media; well-developed interpersonal skills to work effectively with a wide range of people, including staff and students at all levels, and as part of a team.

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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Name: Freyja Peters


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

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