Research Associate in Systems Development for Composite Processing & Manufacturing

University of Bristol - School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

A postdoctoral researcher position is available in the Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS) within the School of Civil, Aerospace, and Mechanical Engineering (CAME) at the University of Bristol (UoB).

You will be working on the EPSRC funded Programme Grant ‘High Performance Discontinuous Fibre Composites (HiPerDiF) - a sustainable route to the next generation of composites’ (EPSRC ref. EP/P027393/1). The HiPerDiF technology, invented at the UoB, is a new patented manufacturing method to produce highly aligned discontinuous fibre reinforced composites (ADFRC). The use of ADFRC will allow generating a fundamental step-change in the composite industry tackling three critical limitations of current advanced composites, by opening the route to a circular economy model, by enabling automated high-volume production and by minimising in-process defects.

The HiPerDiF technology was invented and developed within the EPSRC funded Programme Grant ‘High Performance Ductile Composite Technology’ (HiPerDuCT) and currently is at a lab-scale prototype stage. You will be responsible, within your field of expertise, for the technology upscaling to a semi-industrial scale prototype, taking all the action required to significantly improve the production rate and optimise the raw material delivery and processing. The final goal of this project is to establish a UoB spin-off company to provide ADFRCs solutions though consulting, production of intermediate feedstock materials and the commissioning of bespoke ADFRC manufacturing machines.

You will interact closely with and input to aligned projects (modelling and experimental) being undertaken at the UoB and you will also work closely with the project's industrial partners (drawn from different sectors of the composites industry).

You will have a PhD in Process, Production, or System Engineering (or a closely related discipline) or a strong industrial background in an equivalent sector (particularly in the papermaking sector).

This full-time post is available on full time, open-ended contract with funding for up to 33 months from March 2018.

For informal enquiries please contact: Marco Longana, m.l.longana@bristol.ac.uk or Ian Hamerton,  ian.hamerton@bristol.ac.uk

The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities.

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