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Research Fellow in Hybrid Additive Manufacturing of Engineered Ceramics for Industrial Applications

University of Leeds - School of Mechanical Engineering

Location: Leeds
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th November 2020
Closes: 2nd December 2020
Job Ref: EPSME1037

Contract Type: Fixed Term (1 year (grant funding))

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Are you interested in manufacturing processes? Would you develop cutting edge research for industrial applications? 

Research conducted at the University of Leeds in partnership with Industry has demonstrated a new hybrid 3D printing process that enables greater levels of product customisation, complexity and functionality across a range of ‘difficult to process’ ceramic materials. This specific role aims to develop this new manufacturing process chain to a technological readiness level that will allow exploitation by industry.

In this project you will produce a working hybrid additive manufacturing platform capable of processing specific high viscosity ceramic paste materials to the required specifications. Concurrently, you will lead material and process developments using the existing laboratory scale hybrid additive manufacturing platform based at the University. You will work in close collaboration with the Industrial sponsor to integrate, test and analyse their materials to optimise the manufacturing process.

This role requires an individual with a good understanding of developing and building manufacturing apparatus, machine control, 3D CAD and material processing. You will be part of The Future Manufacturing Processes Research Group who explore how novel methods of manufacturing can provide new capabilities in products and services across a wide range of applications. You will regularly present your findings to the Industrial partner and interact closely to refine the system and process for printing. This role is heavily experimental based and is expected to involve machine building, process development and optimisation, material characterisation and part analysis.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Robert Kay, Associate Professor

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2139 or email:

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