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Research Associate or Research Fellow In Synchrotron X-Ray Computed Tomography (2 posts Available)
Sackville Street, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-018517

Location: Sackville Street, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 19/04/2022

Salary: Research Associate £33,309 to £40,927 per annum, (depending on experience) Research Fellow £42,149 to £51,799 per annum, (depending on experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Materials

Hours Per Week: Full Time

Contract Duration: Fixed Term from 1 April 2022 until 31 March 2025

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

Applications are invited for experts in synchrotron X-ray tomographic (CT) techniques to join ‘Manufacturing by Design’ (MbD), a 5-year, EPSRC-funded International Centre to Centre (IC2C) collaboration project which brings together the EPSRC-funded National Research Facility for Lab X-ray CT (NXCT) with the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and several partners in academia and industry. Our aim is to shine new light on manufacturing processes and products through developing best-in class 3D imaging. Specifically, we will exploit and further develop new and upgraded beamlines at the ESRF (BM18, ID15A and ID19) to achieve a step change in the 3D imaging resolution in real components, and the changes in their micro- and macro- structure with time both during their manufacture and in service.

Two positions are available to join the team; a Research Fellow (Grade 7) and a Research Associate (Grade 6). Both posts will be located within the Structure of Materials group at the ESRF, France and are available from the 1st April 2022 for 3 years, with the possibility of extension to up to 5 years. One researcher will focus on helping to develop the instrumentation, as well as the integration of environmental rigs for time lapse experiments. The other will have expertise in handling, analysing and visualising the very large 3D datasets that BM18 (large 3D volumes), ID15A (multimodal) and ID19 (time lapse sequences) will provide.

You will both develop your own core research themes, and collaboratively facilitate experiments performed by visiting research teams. The Research Fellow will also coordinate the Manufacturing by Design activities at the ESRF and across the collaborating institutions.

The Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The Department holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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Blended working arrangements may be considered

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

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Name: Professor Philip Withers


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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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