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Research Associate/Technical Manager/Innovation Facilitator in SmartForming Research Base

Imperial College London - Mechanical Engineering

Location: London
Salary: £36,694 to £49,210 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th September 2021
Closes: 7th October 2021
Job Ref: ENG01824

Campus: South Kensington, London

Closing date: 7th Oct 2021

The Metal Forming and Modelling group wishes to appoint a Research Associate to conduct fundamental research on metal forming at Imperial College London.  Our research group covers a wide range of activities in theoretical, experimental and computational solid mechanics and materials research. We have significant contribution in the development of new forming technologies and novel modelling methods, pioneered by Professor Jianguo Lin FREng.

Leading this group is Dr Liliang Wang. The Metal Forming research area addresses the development of advanced metal forming processes to manufacture light weight structural components with complex shapes and high strength. The Modelling research area addresses fundamental problems involving the evolution of defects, damage and microstructure, and their effects on material deformation behaviour for a wide range of applications, many of relevance to metal forming industries.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • You will be doing fundamental research on (one of) the following research topics depending on your experience and skills:
  • Viscoplastic theories and modelling
  • Damage mechanics and modelling
  • Precipitation hardening theories and modelling
  • Interactive friction theories and modelling
  • Interfacial heat transfer theories and modelling
  • Springback modelling and prediction
  • You will develop functional modules and portfolios.
  • You will be required to provide training to colleagues and students within the research group as necessary.

Skills, knowledge and experience

To be considered for this role you must:

  • have a good undergraduate or master’s degree. For appointment at Research Associate level you must also hold a PhD in a relevant area (e.g. Metal forming or Mechanical engineering) or demonstrate that you have equivalent experience.
  • have practical experience of metal forming and cloud based multi-objective FEA of metal forming processes.
  • have knowledge in developing functional modules/portfolios on SmartForming.

Key information:

This is a fixed term position for up to 12 months in the first instance.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 - £39,888per annum.

Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please visit our website using the provided link for more information about the post and the application process.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

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