Research Associate in Designing Alloys for Resource Efficiency

Imperial College London - Materials, Faculty of Engineering

Fixed term appointment to 28 Sep 2019

Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate in the Department of Materials, at Imperial College London, in Professor David Dye’s “Adventures in Alloys” group in Engineering Alloys.

This is an exciting opportunity to work on a large grant awarded to Imperial College and Kings College, London, led by Sheffield University together with Rolls-Royce, Timet/PCC and Tata Steel, on the development of new auto body steels and jet engine titanium alloys that will enable a more resource-efficient material future.

The researcher will be employed by Imperial College, with scientific guidance and supervision from the Department of Materials.  He/she will be leading and developing a research project investigating the possibility (i) to develop novel hot forming martensitic steels containing reverted austenite and (ii) to develop novel methods and processes to improve the performance of titanium alloys, and hence emissions in gas turbines, and to reduce production cost. Key methods will include thermodynamic modelling (Thermocalc); 0.5kg-scale alloy development, processing and testing; scanning electron microscopy; electron backscattered diffraction; transmission electron microscopy including STEM techniques; synchrotron and neutron diffraction and imaging and attendant computational data analysis. The Research Associate will also be expected to interact with, and give presentations to, the other members of the research consortium as well as being expected to help in supervising related PhD and Masters Students. The work will be written up for public in highly regarded journals in the field.

The person employed is expected to be available to start at the latest by 1st February 2018.

You should have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in an area pertinent to the research subject, e.g. materials science and engineering and should provide evidence of research by published output. You should also be able to demonstrate leadership in SEM (e.g. EBSD, STEM, ECCI), (S)TEM or synchrotron/neutron diffraction and imaging as applied to the micromechanics of engineering alloys. 

Informal enquiries to Prof David Dye are also welcomed,

You can find details of salary, terms & conditions, including contract type/duration, benefits, etc.

Our preferred method of application is online via our website at the following link: (select “Job Search” and enter the job reference no EN20170359FH. Please complete and upload an application form as directed and submit any other relevant supporting documents such as your full CV.

Closing date: 30 October 2017 (Midnight GMT)

Further guidance may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan (

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