Research Fellow – HBE0018

Brunel University London

24 month Fixed Term Contract

Applications from suitably qualified and well motivated individuals are invited for the position of Research Fellow to work on an Innovate UK funded project to investigate the joining of recycled 6xxx aluminium alloys processed by high shear melt conditioning-twin roll casting (HSMC-TRC) and hot form quench (HFQ) technologies in the Advanced Metal Casting Centre (AMCC) and later the Advanced Metal Processing Centre (AMPC), part of BCAST at Brunel University London. In collaboration with our industrial and academic partners, Impression Technologies Limited, Innoval Technology, Autotech Engineering R&D UK Limited and Imperial College, you will be investigating the joining of recycled aluminium alloys using various processes including adhesive bonding, self-pierce rivet, Ejoweld and MIG/TIG welding. The position is for 24 months in the first instance and the starting salary will be dependent on qualifications, experience and research track record.

BCAST is a speciality research centre focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the EPSRC Centre – LiME). BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. See for more information. Both the AMCC & AMPC form a new state of the art scale up facility that bridges the gap between fundamental research and full scale industrialisation and is aimed at meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the automotive industry.

The successful candidate will work on the joining of recycled aluminium alloys processed by HSMC-TRC and HFQ technologies. The research will include: (1) development of joining process for recycled aluminium alloys, (2) quantification of the key processing conditions used in the joining of recycled aluminium alloys, including understanding of microstructural evolution and (3) evaluation of the mechanical performance and corrosion susceptibility of the joints. He/she is also expected to interact with other researchers in BCAST/AMCC/AMPC and research engineers from industry.

The successful candidate should have a PhD degree in materials science, metallurgy and engineering, physics or another suitable engineering discipline, and should have a sound background in physical metallurgy. Research experience in joining and welding processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical and corrosion testing of metallic materials are essential. In addition, he/she should have good communication and presentation skills and be a team player.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof. Zhongyun Fan ( or Prof. Isaac Chang (

To apply please click the following link

Closing date for receipt of applications is: 31 December 2017.

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