Research Associate: Lightform Computational Modelling of Formability

The University of Manchester - School of Materials

Closing Date: 04/02/2018
Employment Type: Fixed Term
Duration: Available asap until 30 March 2020
Faculty / Organisational Unit: Science & Engineering 
School/Directorate: School of Materials
Division: Materials General 
Hours Per week: Full Time
Salary: £31,076 to £38,183 per annum
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference: S&E-11184 

We are looking for a talented early career researcher with expertise in computational modeling of metal plasticity to join our multidisciplinary research effort to embed materials science into the forming of advanced light alloys and develop a new manufacturing paradigm - LightForm.

LightForm, is a collaboration between the University of Manchester, Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge, funded via a £4.8M, 5-year EPSRC programme grant. Working in close collaboration with 20 industrial partners, LightForm will have a unique research culture based on open, close collaboration between scientists and engineers. The project will exploit the recent developments in advanced characterization to study alloys during forming, and subsequently use this information to develop material models that can then be used to design and optimize new forming processes and alloy compositions.

As an expert in computational plasticity modelling, your role will be to lead the deformation modelling effort, which will be based mainly on finite element modelling and phase field modelling. This will involve the extension of existing codes to improve the modelling of microstructure development during warm deformation of light alloys.

As part of leading the plasticity modelling effort, you will be expected to work with a research software engineer to establish a research culture based on quality and reproducibility and tutor PhD students on the software development practices it requires. In addition you will work closely with researchers developing new experimental techniques for studying microstructural evolution during deformation, and collaborate with them to produce joint, high-impact publications.

This is an excellent opportunity for a skilled candidate looking to develop research leadership skills and establish a strong publication record. The work will be strongly multidisciplinary and the successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the ability to work in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment, and have track record of publications bringing together computational and experimental work.

Although experience in crystal plasticity modelling of light metals, including texture evolution, is desired, exceptionally motivated candidates without background in light metals research will also be considered. Other desirable attributes would be prior experience of studying the deformation of hcp metals (e.g. titanium, magnesium) and a track record in using research clusters and high-performance computing.

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:

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Name: Dr Joao Fonseca


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Tel: 0161 275 4499

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Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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