Research Associate/Fellow - Volumetric Additive Manufacturing of Polymers (fixed-term)

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Applications are invited for the above post at the University of Nottingham, based initially in the University Park – the CfAM is scheduled to move to the new Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Building at Jubilee Park late 2017. The University of Nottingham is nationally and internationally renowned for its teaching and research excellence. We rank highly in the latest international league tables - together with our overseas campuses in China and Malaysia this makes us as a truly global and world-class institution.

The Centre for Additive Manufacturing is a large interdisciplinary group working solely in the area of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing. Comprising of around 100 academics, post-doctoral researchers, and PhD students, it is one of the largest centres for additive manufacturing and 3D printing worldwide. The centre engages with a broad range of academics from across the UK and a significant number of industrial partners to deliver on an industrially prioritised research agenda. At any one time the group has multiple on-going research activities across a number of different UK institutions, which are undertaken collaboratively and which employ contract research staff and students.

A position is available for a research associate/fellow to work on a project looking at the processing of polymers by a novel powder based Additive Manufacturing system. The project is funded by EPSRC in collaboration with the National Science Foundation in the USA (NSF) and involves a partnership with the University of Texas, Austin, USA. The successful candidate will be develop a machine for the processing of novel polymer compositions, optimising processing conditions, and increasing understanding of material-processing-property relationships.

Candidates must have previous experience in either mechatronics, inkjet printing and processing (by conventional methods) of polymers, or Additive Manufacturing (preferably powder bed fusion or binder jetting).

Candidates must hold a good honours degree or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, or other relevant engineering or science subject, and a PhD or equivalent in Engineering, Physical Sciences, or equivalent experience. They should have excellent technical, mathematical, and data analysis skills, and inter-personal and communication skills - both written and oral. Further requirements are excellent team-working skills and excellent research paper or report writing skills. Candidates must be highly-motivated with the ability to set and meet deadlines appropriate to the progress of the project. Further experience of project planning within a research or development environment and experience of conducting original research that has been published in high quality journals is required, as is experience of presenting work at international conferences and to industry.

This full-time post is available immediately and will be offered on an 18 month fixed-term contract with the possibility of extension. 

Please direct informal enquiries to Prof. Christopher Tuck (email: christopher.tuck@nottingham.ac.uk). Please note that applications sent directly to these email addresses will not be accepted.

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The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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