Research Associate in the Mechanics of Materials Division

Imperial College London - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Fixed-term appointment available for up to 2 years in the first instance

South Kensington Campus

The Mechanics of Materials Division wishes to appoint a Research Associate to conduct research into the development of novel metal forming process at Imperial College London. 

The Metal Forming and Materials Modelling group covers a wide range of activities in theoretical, experimental and computational solid mechanics and materials research. The Group has significant contribution in the development of new forming technologies and novel materials modelling methods, recognised by the award of Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering for Professor Jianguo Lin. There are two main research themes within the Group: Metal-Forming Technologies (led by Dr Liliang Wang) and Materials Modelling (led by Dr Daniel Balint).

Within the group, the Metal Forming research area addresses the development of advanced metal forming processes to manufacture light weight structural components with complex shapes and high strength. The Materials Modelling research area addresses fundamental problems involving the evolution of defects, damage and microstructure, and their effects on macroscopic crystalline material deformation behaviour for a wide range of applications, many of relevance to metal forming industries.

Applicants should have a PhD (or equivalent, or near completion of PhD) in an area pertinent to the research subject ie Mechanical Engineering.  You should have an MSc degree (or equivalent) and a 1st class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Physics or Mathematics. 

In addition, some background in the mechanical property testing and FE modelling of metal forming process and mechanical design is essential/desirable. Work experience in the hot stamping of titanium alloys is essential.

Informal e-mail enquiries may be made to Dr L Wang at or +44(0) 20 7594 3648. 

Our preferred method of application is online via our website.  Please click ‘apply’ below or go to (Select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed quoting reference number EN20160349SAyou must submit an application form for our posts along with a CV, if you do not fill in an application form, you will not be considered. 

Alternatively, if you are unable to apply online, please email Ms C Soulal, Academic Administrator at: to request an application form.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistants within the salary range £31,740 - £33,370 per annum

Closing date: 24 October 2016 (midnight BST)

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