Research Associate: Advanced Analytical Electron Microscopy and Quantitative STEm-EDX Microanalysis of Steels and Alloys

The University of Manchester - School of Materials

Closing Date : 04/02/2018
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : 1 February 2018 until 31 January 2019
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
School/Directorate : School of Materials
Division : Materials General 
Hours Per week : Full Time
Salary : £31,604 - £38,833 per annum
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-11196

An opportunity has arisen for a well-qualified and highly-motivated individual to join Professor Grace Burke within the University of Manchester’s Materials Performance Centre (MPC).

You will be studying the effects of processing and environmental exposure to assess the degradation mechanisms in a variety of alloys including low alloy steels and NI-base alloys. The objective of this project is to study the nanoscale microstructural changes related to environmental exposure in liquid and gaseous environments.

In respect to this post, you will be expected to lead the execution of complex experimental procedures, which will be led by the Research Associate over the 12 month duration of the project.

The characterisation will focus on identification of the nature (composition, size, morphology, distribution and stability) of the nanoscale features formed in the alloys during environmental exposure.

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You will undertake key experimental and characterisation work on the project, and be expected to analyse and disseminate these results both within the UK, and through conference papers and journal publications. You will also be expected to become a key member of the MPC, making significant contributions to its continued success, and playing an active role in areas such as student supervision and wider development of experimental methods and techniques within the centre.

You will have a first degree (BSc/Eng. or MSc) or equivalent, and a Ph.D. (or equivalent experience) in materials science, physics or mechanical engineering; demonstrated expertise in advanced microstructural characterisation techniques as applied to metals and alloys, with major emphasis on advanced analytical FEG-TEM, electron diffraction techniques, STEM-EDX spectrum imaging and quantitative microanalysis, multi-variate statistical analysis of STEM-EDX datacubes, the application of pixelated STEM technique for microstructural analysis and will have demonstrated expertise in TEM specimen preparation techniques, excellent communication skills across a range of media; well-developed interpersonal skills to work effectively with a wide range of people, including staff and students at all levels, and as part of a team.

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:

The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community

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: Freyja Peters


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

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

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