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Materials Knowledge Exchange Associate (396105)

University of Strathclyde

Location: Glasgow
Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th September 2021
Closes: 26th September 2021
Job Ref: 313233

The University of Strathclyde possesses a large internationally rated Engineering Faculty with a proud history of successful joint ventures with industrial & enterprise partners. As part of the University’s strategic development the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) has been established near Glasgow’s International Airport. The AFRC is the embodiment of a £30 million collaborative investment by Industrial, Academic and Government partners seeking to establish a world-leading research facility for forging and forming technologies.

The AFRC is seeking to appoint an experienced Materials Knowledge Exchange (KE) Associate to support the delivery of high value research programmes focused on the characterisations, assessments and mechanical properties in solid state joints. The Centre has invested significantly in advanced materials characterisations equipment and rotary friction welding and is rapidly developing a technical theme to specialise in this area. The candidate will also be expected to support and contribute to high value industrial funding proposals in support of a range of projects across the Centre. The post holder will be expected to work between the AFRC and its industrial partners and there will be a strong emphasis on knowledge exchange.

The KE will preferably require some research and/or industrial experience in at least two of the following technical areas:

  • A good basic knowledge of materials and the way that manufacturing processes can develop or modify material’s microstructure to achieve desired mechanical properties.
  • Techniques of materials characterisation e.g. SEM, EDX, WDS, EBSP, optical microscopy and mechanical testing
  • Good knowledge and/or experience in solid state joining e.g. Rotary friction welding, Linear friction welding, friction stir welding etc.
  • Good knowledge and or experience in non-destructive evaluation techniques

The post holder will require the knowledge, skills and experience normally associated with a first degree and PhD for example in Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Physical science or Mechanical Engineering; we are also interested in candidates with equivalent industrial experience.

To be considered for this role, you will be educated to a minimum of PhD level in an appropriate discipline, or be educated to a minimum of 2:1 Honors degree in addition to significant relevant experience within a relevant industrial environment.

KE Associate is ideally sought for this position; candidates who are close to PhD completion or whose award is pending, are welcome. Appointment will be made at the KE Assistant level (Grade 6), duties will be adjusted accordingly. This will continue until the PhD award is confirmed, at which point the duties and grade will be revised accordingly.

The post holder will have the ability to work autonomously, plan, prioritise their own workload with guidance from a team / project leader, deal with complex problems presented to them by colleagues. Preferably, the individual will have experience of project planning and delivery, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills, proven ability to interact with a range of stakeholders from industry and/or academia. The post holder may be required to make a contribution to the administrative activities of the AFRC including membership of relevant committees. You will have an established track record in providing engineering solutions in an industrial context as well as experience of supporting research and development of manufacturing processes. You will have excellent troubleshooting skills, including a methodical approach to solve complex problems and you will have the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

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