Research Fellow Manufacturing Portfolio- Casting

University of Birmingham - School of Metallurgy and Materials

Duration: Fixed-term for up to 18 months

A researcher is sought to work on an exciting collaborative research project.

The aim of the project is to develop a modelling capability for core and shell material through experimental testing and physics based modelling to predict deformation and failure of ceramics in the investment casting process. This involves measuring properties such as high-temperature creep, strength and microstructure imaging. A mean-field model is being developed in C++ and will be used as a subroutine into Abaqus for stress prediction. The applicant should have an understanding of measurement techniques, along with experience in computer programming and FEM modelling.

The post holder’s primary objective will be to ensure that the work carried out in the project meet the needs and expectations of the university and partners involved. In addition, the candidate will support the PRISM2 Director and Technical Director with the delivery of the technical outputs required for the program, present the work to project partners on a quarterly basis and plan experimental validation trials for model testing. They will develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required, and apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding.

Candidates for the post should have:

  • A relevant first degree or masters in Metallurgy, Materials Science, Engineering or related disciplines or equivalent experience.
  • A PhD or EngD in Metallurgy, Materials Science and Engineering or related disciplines.
  • Experience in numerical modelling of metallurgical and/or process phenomena through either industrial or post-doctoral academic positions.
  • Experience of supervision and management of research students and projects.
  • Strong computer programming and data analysis skills
  • Background in computational mechanics.
  • Possesses sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and or research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes
  • Relevant and up to date knowledge in one or more of the following areas:
    • computational/numerical modelling, particularly materials and process modelling;
    • materials testing, evaluation and characterisation;
    • microstructure and process simulation;
    • instrumented experimentation;
    • software engineering, especially finite element analysis;
  • Skilled in the use of advanced manufacturing simulation and computational software such as:
    • computational fluid dynamics (Openfoam);
    • finite element analysis (e.g. Abaqus, Deform);
    • Matlab;

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Hector Basolato, Technical Director PRISM2, email, or Professor Jeffery Brooks .Please note that applications sent directly to these email addresses will not be accepted.

To download the details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote Job Ref 51881 in all enquiries.

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