Research Associate / Senior Research Associate in Alloy Design

Lancaster University - Engineering

Salary: Grade - Research Associate: £27,285 - £31,604. Senior Research Associate: £33,518 – £38,832

You will contribute to the success of the exciting research project Designing Alloys for Resource Efficiency (DARE). The project is led by Prof Pedro Rivera at the Department of Engineering at Lancaster in collaboration with a variety of academic of industrial partners, including TATA Steel, Magnesium Elektron, Timet and Sheffield Forgemasters. The collaboration also includes a variety of academic partners including Imperial College London, Cambridge and Sheffield Universities as well as Kings College London. You will collaborate with colleagues at Lancaster University and our partners and will be actively involved in meetings, workshops and conferences.

Project synopsis: Companies in the UK and Europe that manufacture and process metals to form components are faced with a growing problem of securing supply chains linked to particular materials. The risks these companies face include increased competition from emerging economies due to the globalisation of manufacturing, political risks (especially when reserves of a particular resource are concentrated in one country) and price instability. All of this requires greater flexibility in the design of new alloys. DARE’s aims are: (1) to design, manufacture and test new alloys ready for implementation into industry; (2) reduce the reliance on strategic metals and (3) minimise waste in the metals industry. The methods developed within the Project will have a generic applicability to most metal alloys and will therefore impact on a wide range of industrial sectors, including manufacturing, transport, energy, healthcare technologies and defence.

Qualifications and experience:

  • You must hold a PhD degree in the field in materials science, metallurgy or a related discipline.
  • You must have the enthusiasm to perform critical experiments and to interpret them in light of physical metallurgical modelling.
  • A strong background in thermodynamics, microstructure kinetics and plasticity is required.
  • Computer programming skills are essential for the post.
  • You must have excellent interpersonal skills, work effectively in a team and have experience in the preparation of presentations, reports and journal papers to the highest levels of quality.

This post is offered on a 24 months fixed-term appointment.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Pedro Rivera.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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