Research Associate: LightForm Micromechanics of Deformation

The University of Manchester - School of Materials

We are looking for a talented early career researcher with expertise in advanced in-situ characterization to join our multidisciplinary research effort to embed materials science into the forming of advanced light alloys, and thus develop a new manufacturing paradigm - LightForm.

LightForm is a collaboration between the University of Manchester, Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge, funded via a £4.8M, 5-year EPSRC programme grant. Working in close collaboration with 14 industrial partners, LightForm will have a unique research culture based on open, close collaboration between scientists and engineers. The project will exploit the recent developments in advanced characterization to study alloys during forming, and then use this information to develop material models that can then be used to design and optimize new forming processes and alloy compositions.

As an expert in in-situ characterization, your role will be to lead the research effort in this area, with a focus on synchrotron diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. This will involve the development of new experimental protocols and apparatus, contributing to the development of data analysis tools, and working with other researchers to apply these techniques to study the dynamics of material evolution during warm forming processes. In addition you will work closely with researchers developing computational material models. 

This is an ideal opportunity for an ambitious candidate looking to develop research leadership skills and establish a strong publication record. The work is strongly multidisciplinary and the successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the ability to work in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment and contribute to research outputs that combine advanced characterization and materials modelling.

Although experience in studying deformation in light metals, including texture evolution is desired, exceptionally motivated candidates without background in light metals research will also be considered. Other desirable attributes would be prior experience of studying deformation of hcp metals (e.g. titanium, magnesium) and a track record in developing and using new experimental methods to study the micro-mechanics of metal deformation.

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

This is a full time position, although flexible working/secondment applications will also be considered. It is based at 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: Dr Joao Fonseca


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


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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