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Research Associate: LightForm Understanding Crack Initiation on Aluminium Alloys
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-015817

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 26/11/2020

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum (depending on experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: Department of Materials

Hours per week: full time

Contract Duration: starting 1 January 2021 until 18 October 2022

We are looking for a talented early career researcher with expertise in metallurgy and corrosion, to join our multidisciplinary research effort to embed materials science into the forming of advanced light alloys and develop a new manufacturing paradigm - LightForm.

LightForm is a collaboration between The University of Manchester, Imperial College London and Cambridge University, funded via a £4.8M, 5 year Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) programme grant.

Working in close collaboration with 20 industrial partners, LightForm will have a unique research culture based on close collaboration between scientists and engineers. The project will exploit the recent developments in advanced characterization to study alloys during forming, and then use this information to develop material models that can then be used to design and optimize new forming processes and alloy compositions.

As an expert in metallurgy and corrosion, your role will be to carry out research to advance understanding of the processes contributing to crack initiation on aluminium alloys, when subjected to the combined effects of mechanical load and aggressive environment. You will design and carry out experiments aiming at understanding the behavior of specific metallurgical features in the presence of aggressive environment and stress. You will perform electron-optical observations, to relate the thermomechanical processing history to the degradation behavior in the presence of the environment and assess the effect of applied or residual stresses. You will complement the electron optical observations with appropriate electrochemical tests

You will be expected to play a major role in establishing a research culture based on quality and reproducibility and to tutor PhD students on experimental data management, quality assurance and reproducibility. In addition you will work closely with other researchers advancing the understanding of the relationship between alloy composition, thermomechanical process and performance in service.

This is an excellent opportunity for a PhD graduate looking to develop research leadership skills and establish a strong publication record. The work will require close collaboration with our industrial partners and you will be able to demonstrate the ability to work in a professional setting and be equally comfortable writing scientific articles and technical reports.

You will be expected to have experience in carrying out advanced research on corrosion of light alloys by using electrochemical methods, demonstrate knowledge of metallurgy of aluminum alloys and be able to perform and interpret SEM and TEM analyses on aluminum alloy specimens .

This is a full time position, although flexible working/secondment applications will also be considered. It is based in Manchester with UK and international travel requirements.

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

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: Dr Michele Curioni


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Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

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

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.