Research Associate (Metal Additive Manufacturing)

University of Sheffield - Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Contract Type: This post is fixed-term for 22 months

Are you interested in pushing the boundaries of metal additive manufacturing (AM)? We have an exciting opportunity in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering to develop the next generation of AM processes and applications.

You will be working on the development of metal AM processes for two projects - MIRIAM (Machine Intelligence for Radically Improved Additive Manufacturing) funded by the UK’s Industry Strategy Challenge Funding and OPTICON (Optical Infrared Coordination Network for Astronomy) funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme.

You will be developing new sensing and control systems to achieve closed loop control and ‘right first time’ manufacturing on industrial metal additive manufacturing systems, and developing new applications for AM in the space sector. You will be expected to collaborate with researchers from other disciplines (for example control and systems engineering, metrology) and academic institutions and industrial partners. 

Educated to PhD level (or close to completion), you will have experience in developing novel approaches to studying additive manufacturing and the materials produced by AM, coupled with strong project management and team working skills.

You will be part of a large, growing and well-connected team within the EPSRC Manufacture using Advanced Powder Processes (MAPP) Hub and the Royce Institute. We are well known internationally for our research, and are one of the largest research groups in additive manufacturing in the UK. MAPP is a new £10m Future Manufacturing Hub in Manufacture using Advanced Powder Process funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC). For further information about MAPP please visit

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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