Technical Officer

University of Birmingham - School of Metallurgy and Materials within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Technical Officer (two posts available)

Fixed term until 30th November 2018

Grade - Starting salary is normally in the range £29,301 to £38,183. With potential progression once in post to £40,523 a year. 

Microstructural and Nano-mechanical characterisation

Applications are invited for two technical officer positions in the School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham, supported by ESIF/ERDF grant funding, to work on the Advanced Materials Characterisation And Simulation Hub (AMCASH) programme. The main expertise required for these two positions is in the area of advanced analytical electron microscopy and nanomechanical characterisation of advanced materials.

The main responsibility will be to carry out detailed microstructural analysis using advanced electron microscopes including a scanning transmission electron microscope to further our understanding of the deformation mechanisms and microstructure-property relationships of a range of advanced materials.

In addition to this experimental programme the successful candidate will interact with other colleagues working on the AMCASH programme on the characterisation of polymers, composites and manufacturing modelling. The successful candidate and the others working on the same programme will be responsible for knowledge dissemination into local industry.

The facilities available for this work include various SEMs, a Talos STEM, a Dual-beam FIB/SEM, an X-ray tomography machine, an optical tomography machine - Robo-Met - and Hysitron Pico-indenters for TEM and SEM in-situ plasticity studies.

Thus the successful applicant will be expected to contribute to two aspects:

Multi-length-scale 3D microstructural characterisation and microanalysis of advanced materials to understand the process-structure-property relationships.

Plasticity mechanisms using in-situ SEM and TEM experiments, focusing on twinning and dislocation activation under controlled conditions and their subsequent interaction with other crystal defects and microstructural features in advanced materials such as titanium alloys, magnesium alloys and nickel base superalloys.

Two posts available. 
For informal enquiries please contact Dr Yu Lung Chiu at

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