Research Associate: Airbus: Advanced Microstructural Analysis and Corrosion Performance of Aluminium Alloys

The University of Manchester - School of Materials

Closing Date : 18/12/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : 24 months (with the possibility of extension)
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
School/Directorate : School of Materials
Division : Materials General
Hours Per week : Full time (flexible working/secondment applications will also be considered)
Salary : £31,604 to £32,548 per annum according to experience
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-11036

We are looking for a talented early career researcher, with expertise in high resolution microstructure characterization and in-service degradation processes, in advanced alloys, to join a multidisciplinary research team to support Airbus in the deployment of new metallic materials in airframe designs.

Working closely with Airbus UK, you will use advanced high resolution electron microscopes (HRTEM, STEM) and 3D XCT techniques, to make a step advance in understanding the correlation between local microstructure effects and environmentally-driven degradation processes in aerospace alloys under service conditions. This will include performing experimental simulations and developing in-situ techniques to directly study electrochemical effects and degradation mechanisms.

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 advanced characterization (STEM, TEM) related to the metallurgy/corrosion of aluminium alloys. You will be able to demonstrate the ability to communicate and work professionally with international industrial and academic project partners, and be equally comfortable writing and presenting scientific and technical reports.

The post will be available, initially, from 01 January 2018 to 30 December 2020, however the intention is to develop a longer term role subject to performance (e.g. 5 years).

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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