Research Associate - Airbus: Metallurgical Control and Simulation of Additive Manufactured (AM) Titanium Airframe Components

The University of Manchester - School of Materials

Closing Date : 12/11/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : 1 January 2018 until 31 December 2020
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
School/Directorate : School of Materials
Division : Materials
Hours Per week : Full time
Salary : £31,604 per annum
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-10824

We are looking for a talented early career researcher, with expertise in titanium metallurgy, and microstructure characterization and simulation, to join a multidisciplinary research effort in support of the qualification of high deposition rate additive manufacture (AM) of titanium airframe components.

Working closely with Airbus UK, in a mulita-partner Innovate UK programme, you will be involved in characterizing full scale components with advanced electron microscopy and XCT techniques, as well as developing the underpinning metallurgical science to ensure the knowledge-based production of high quality parts with reproducible and homogeneous properties. This will include performing experimental simulations (e.g. thermal) to explore, and quantify, the sensitivity of the microstructure and properties to the process variables (including part geometry, deposition parameters and build strategy). The project will also include understanding and optimizing combining deformation processing with AM. An ability to model the microstructure development would be highly beneficial.

As part of the Light Alloys Group in the School of Materials you will be expected to play an active role in maintaining our research culture, driven by scientific quality, and in helping to train PhD students. You will have a strong background in process metallurgy (ideally in titanium) advanced characterization (SEM-EBSD, XCT) and experience of AM/welding and/or materials modelling. You will be able to demonstrate the ability to communicate and work professionally with industrial and academic project partners, and be equally comfortable writing scientific articles and technical reports.

The post will be available from 01 January 2018 to 30 December 2021.

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: Professor Philip Prangnell


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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