Research Associate in Materials

The University of Manchester

Closing Date: 20/07/2017
Employment Type: Fixed Term
Duration: 1 August 2017 until 31 July 2019
Faculty / Organisational Unit: Science & Engineering
School/Directorate: School of Materials
Division: Corrosion and Protection Centre
Hours Per week: Full time
Salary: £31,076 to £38,183 per annum according to relevant experience
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference: S&E-10253

The core project will be to conduct research on developing new generation aerospace aluminium alloys and understanding the fabrication/microstructure/property relationships by employing state-of-the-art characterisation and testing facilities at Manchester including Titan ChemiSTEM, Henry Moseley X-Ray Imaging Facility, and the Daresbury SuperSTEM. The role will require travel within the UK and internationally to interact with collaborators, participate in experiments and present at conferences.

You will be working with Professor Xiaorong Zhou in a dynamic team of academics, post-docs and PhD students. The research project is part of the prestigious Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials (BIAM) – University of Manchester (UoM) Technology Centre for aeronautical materials research and innovation. The BIAM-Manchester UTC will be an international leader in the fields of processing, testing, characterizing, microstructure and property modelling of advanced aeronautical materials, aiming at providing fundamental study for the development and fabrication of advanced aeronautical materials

You will need to show a high level of initiative, creativity and an ability to work both collaboratively and independently. You should have a PhD in Materials Science, Physics or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline, sound knowledge of physical metallurgy, experience of high resolution electron microscopy, excellent communication, team-work and organisational skills, a strong command of English and an excellent publication record. The ability to act as lead author in scientific papers and reports and to present work at international conferences is essential.

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. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

The appointment will be for 24 months in the first instance with possible further extension.

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

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Xiarong Zhou


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website - click on the 'Apply' button below to find out more.

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