Research Fellow in Automotive Structural Castings - (2 posts) - HBE0022

Brunel University London

12 month Fixed Term Contract

BCAST has won a major Research and Development project with Jaguar Land Rover undertaking advanced developments in High Pressure Die Casting (HPDC) to develop new possibilities of making the next generation of automotive structural castings lighter and is recruiting two Research Fellows to support the delivery of this exciting project. Thus BCAST is seeking applications from suitably qualified and well-motivated individuals for 2 positions of Research Fellows in Automotive Structural Castings to join BCAST at Brunel University London.

The positions are for 12 months (with a further 9 month extension currently being sought) and the starting salary will be between £34714 and £40999 including London Allowance dependent upon qualifications experience and research track record.

BCAST is a speciality research centre focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the EPSRC Future LiME Research Hub). BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. See for more information. As part of BCAST the AMCC (Advanced Metal Casting Centre) is a new state of the art scale up facility established for the purposes of applied research and houses industrial-scale research facilities and is aimed at meeting the short medium and long term needs of the automotive industry whilst also providing.

The successful candidates will work on the development of a new aluminium high pressure die casting alloy aiming to make the next generation of automotive structural castings for body structures lighter. The project will encompass vacuum high pressure die casting trials at the AMCC facility to study the casting behaviour of the new alloy and to determine the mechanical properties (fatigue and tensile) and manufacturing validations / and virtual engineering developments to support the future engineering design and manufacture of the components. Applicants are also expected to interact with other researchers and technicians and management within BCAST/ Brunel and external research engineers from project partners.

The successful candidates should have a PhD degree in materials science and engineering mechanical engineering physics or another suitable engineering discipline and should have a sound background in either physical metallurgy or mechanical engineering. Research experience in casting processes of metallic materials are desirable and skills in mechanical testing of metallic materials are essential. In addition applicants should have good communication and presentation skills and be a team player.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 27th May 2018

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