Research Associate in mechanical testing of novel alloys

Lancaster University - Engineering

You will contribute to the success of an exciting research project on the design and testing of novel alloys for improved mechanical behaviour. The project is led by Prof Pedro Rivera at the Department of Engineering at Lancaster in collaboration with a variety of academic of industrial partners. The work will focus on the experimental validation of theories for deformation, fatigue and hydrogen embrittlement developed by Prof Rivera’s work, and employed for the design of novel alloys. The alloying systems to be tested will primarily include advanced high strength steels, but magnesium and titanium alloys will also be considered. The work will be performed in collaboration with Oxford, Imperial College, Cambridge, Kings College London and Sheffield universities. You will collaborate with colleagues at Lancaster University and our partners, and will be actively involved in meetings, workshops and conferences.

Project synopsis:  Ultra-high strength components are prone to fatigue due to microstructural inhomogeneities. Such may be augmented in the presence of hydrogen. This work will focus on combining (1) novel thermostatistical theory for plasticity modelling with (2) theory for microstructural transitions under contact fatigue conditions to design novel alloys. The primary focus on the project will be on the mechanical and microstructural characterisation of alloys subjected to extreme mechanical testing conditions, but there will be room to perform contributions on fundamental and computational angles.

Qualifications and experience:

  • You must hold a PhD degree in the field in materials science, metallurgy or a related discipline.
  • You must have the enthusiasm to perform critical experiments and to interpret them in light of physical and statistical modelling.
  • A strong background in thermodynamics, microstructure kinetics and plasticity is required.
  • Computer programming skills are essential for the post.
  • You must have excellent interpersonal skills, work effectively in a team and have experience of the preparation of presentations, reports and journal papers to the highest levels of quality.

This post is offered on a 18 months fixed-term appointment.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Pedro Rivera

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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