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Research Associate in NEWAM - Microstructural Engineering For High Deposition Rate Wire-Based Additive Manufacturing
Sackville Street, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-018270

Location: Sackville Street, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 28/02/2022

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

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Materials

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Fixed term 1 April 2022 until June 2023 (with probable 12 month extension)

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

The University of Manchester is a partner in a £5.8M EPSRC programme grant entitled ‘New Wire Additive Manufacture (NEWAM)’, a multidisciplinary project aimed at providing the enabling science that will allow industry to advance wire-based additive manufacturing of large, high value-added, metal components, with optimised microstructures and properties. The NEWAM programme is highly interdisciplinary, combining world-leading expertise in process development, simulation, metallurgy and microstructural development, and mechanical and non-destructive testing.

As part of this programme, we are seeking a Research Associate (PDRA) with expertise in metallurgical-process interactions in Additive Manufacturing. This post will involve using the state-of-the art electron microscopy and other characterization facilities available at Manchester, to study microstructure evolution in high performance titanium, nickel and steel alloys during high deposition rate additive manufacture, tailor their properties, help develop predictive models, and inform alloy and process design. You will work as part of a multidisciplinary research team with partners at Cranfield, Coventry, and Strathclyde Universities. NEWAM has strong industrial involvement from major companies such as Airbus, Boeing, Rolls Royce.

The post is currently available until the 30th of June 2023 - however, the project is in the process of applying for an extension of a further 12 months due to delays caused by the COVID19 pandemic.

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

The proposed date for interviews is 14th March 2022.

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. All appointments will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:                                                                                   

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Blended working arrangements may be considered         

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Name: Professor Phil Prangnell


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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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