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Research Associate: Airbus: Environmental Degradation Processes in Aerospace Alloys
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-018179

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 14/02/2022

Salary: £33,309 - £40,927 per annum depending on experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Materials

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: Until 31 August 2023

School / Directorate: School of Materials

We are looking for a talented researcher with experience of in-service environmental degradation processes in aerospace alloys - to join a multidisciplinary research team supporting Airbus in the deployment of new metallic materials.​​​​​​​

The ideal candidate will have a strong scientific background in environmentally assisted cracking of high strength alloys and experience of techniques for testing materials in corrosive environments and characterizing their response by advanced electron microscopy.

Working closely with Airbus, you will make a step advance in current understanding of the environmentally assisted cracking performance of advanced aluminium aerospace alloys under in-service conditions. This will involve developing and carrying out instrumented, and in-situ, accelerated environmentally-controlled mechanical tests, while characterizing the damage processes that occur, using advanced methods such as real time 3D X-ray imaging, and a range electron microcopy techniques such as 3D-FIB SEM -EBSD.

You will be working as of the lead PDRA with a group of 4 PhD students and complement the high resolution microstructural analysis and modelling of these materials, by providing an understanding of the relationship to their environmental performance and failure processes. Manchester has state of the art advanced analysis equipment including a range of multi-scale 3D and analytical imaging methods which will be deployed where needed. As such, it is important that you have a good understanding of metallurgy and advanced materials characterization methods.

As part of the Metallurgy and Corrosion Group in the School of Materials and the Henry Royce Material Research Institute, you will be expected to play an active role in maintaining our research culture, driven by scientific quality, and in helping to train students.. You will also have excellent communication skills and the ability to work professionally with international industrial and academic project partners.

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.

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Blended working arrangements may be considered       

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Tim Burnett


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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.


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