Research Associate: Lightform Microstructural Analysis

The University of Manchester - Materials

Closing Date : 24/10/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : until 30 March 2020 with the possibility of extension until 30 September 2022
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
School/Directorate : School of Materials
Division : Materials
Hours Per week : Full time
Salary : £31,604 to £38,833 per annum according to experience
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-10822

Light metals such as aluminium, titanium, and magnesium have a key role to play in future transport applications to achieve weight and hence emissions reductions. The University of Manchester has recently been awarded £4.8M to establish LightForm, a multidisciplinary project to provide the enabling science that will allow UK industry to achieve a step-change in the performance of the next generation of wrought, light-alloy, formed components.

As part of this programme, we are seeking to recruit a postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) with expertise in microstructural characterization of light metals. This post will involve using the state-of-the art electron microscopy and other characterization facilities available at Manchester to develop an in-depth understanding of microstructural evolution and dynamic interactions during forming of aluminium and other light alloys. These facilities include a suite of over 20 electron microscopes, including a TITAN ChemiSTEM and 3 FIBs. The PDRA will also develop novel in-situ experimental methods for the study of microstructural evolution in light alloys, taking advantage of the Manchester Beamline at Diamond, the UK synchrotron X-ray source. The post will involve working as part of a vibrant research team, including providing experimental support for modelling activities , based at Manchester University with partners at the University of Cambridge and Imperial College, London, as well as working with some of the UK’s leading manufacturing companies (e.g. Rolls Royce, Airbus, JLR).

Candidates are sought with experience of characterization of light alloys using electron microscopy. Knowledge of precipitate and dislocation analysis in aluminium alloys via transmission electron microscopy would be a particular advantage.

The post will be available from date of appointment until 30 March 2020, with a possible extension until 30 September 2022.

This is a full time position, although flexible working/secondment applications will also be considered. The position is based in Manchester, with UK and international travel requirements.

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:

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 Joe Robson


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

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Tel: 01618502004

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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