Research Assistant: 'Green Electronics: Sustainability in Modern Electronics Manufacture'

Liverpool John Moores University - General Engineering Research Institute

18 months fixed term

General Engineering Research Institute is recruiting a research assistant to work on a Newton Fund Institutional Links grant project entitled (Green Electronics: Sustainability in modern electronics manufacture by improving the environmental resilience through introduction of novel materials forensically analysed for future reliability). This project is in partnership with Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Malaysia (UniMAP). In this project, novel nano-geopolymer ceramic reinforced SnCu solder will be fabricated and evaluated as a replacement to traditional lead-based solders. The nano-structure and material properties of the lead-free solder and their reliability at the solder, package and board levels will be studied.

You should have experience of research design, material evaluation, ultrasonic non-destructive testing and evaluation, reliability testing and failure analysis of electronics, and signal/image processing. A degree in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical and Electronic Engineering or related domain and experimental skills are essential to support the R&D process. Effective communication and teamwork skills are also required. Working under supervision responsibilities will include: literature review, fabrication of flip-chip packages and test boards, accelerated thermal cycling tests and vibration tests of custom designed test boards, through-life monitoring of defects using scanning acoustic microscopy, ultrasonic image processing, and novel electrical tests, contributing to quarterly interim reports and a the final report, supporting at events, networking and liaising with project partners and experts.  Enthusiasm and team working are essential as a two way transfer of staff is central to success of the project.  Experience in MATLAB is expected.

LJMU is committed to achieving equality of opportunity.

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