Research Associate in Crystal Plasticity Modelling of Electronic Solder Joint Performance

Imperial College London - Department of Materials, Faculty of Engineering

Salary: £36,800 - £44,220 per annum*

Campus: South Kensington

Full-Time, Fixed Term appointment until 31 March 2021

As part of a new UK project on the prediction and control of solder joint reliability in electronics, a research position is available on the crystal plasticity modelling of lead-free solders subject to thermo-mechanical and shock loading. The research involves the establishment of mechanistic crystal-level models for slip and failure (in conjunction with micro-mechanical experimentalists) and the development of solder bead structural models in order to design solder microstructures giving optimal performance for particular loading regimes. The project also includes working with colleagues utilising the models through to simulating solder arrays under in-service loading.

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any UK university. The Faculty of Engineering, consistently rated among the best in the world, is made up of ten academic departments and is committed to increasing its research activity by focusing on engineering-led multidisciplinary growth areas that target a number of global challenges. All of our academic departments are located on a single campus in South Kensington, giving a concentration of talent that creates a stimulating and vibrant research community. You can find out more about our staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements and our excellent professional development opportunities, here:

The Department of Materials, wishes to appoint an outstanding individual with a strong track record in computational mechanics and crystal plasticity.

You will also be a conscientious, innovative scientist who has successfully completed or is about to obtain, a PhD (or equivalent) in materials science and engineering or equivalent (e.g. engineering or physics).

* Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Fionn Dunne (

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Closing date: 11th May 2018

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