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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Additive Manufacturing

University of Exeter - College of Engineering, Mathematics & Physical Sciences

Location: Exeter
Salary: The starting salary will be from £36,382 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th November 2021
Closes: 10th January 2022
Job Ref: P79140

This full-time post is available from 02/02/22, on a fixed term basis, until 31/01/23.

The post
The Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in an Innovate UK project, investigating the use of novel lignin-based powders, derived from a waste by-product of the paper industry, for laser sintering carbon parts. The initial target market will be the development of heatsinks, which has a global market estimated to reach £7.55bn by 2026, driven by demand for cloud computing. Cloud operations comprising thousands of servers working together generate tremendous amounts of heat, with 40% of data centre energy typically consumed to meet server cooling demands.

CALM is an independent research centre, working at multiple Technology Readiness.

Levels, on both fundamental and applied research, with a focus on the development of advanced high performance polymeric materials for additive manufacturing. With a background in material science and manufacturing, the centre is highly experienced in research and development of materials and powder through to process investigations for part manufacture using state-of-the-art high temperature AM technologies and characterisation equipment. (http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/engineering/research/etg/centres/calm/).

The successful applicant will be responsible for characterising the powder grades, helping to further improve their formulations, and optimising the laser sintering process with these powders. The project is run in close collaboration with an industrial partner interested to explore several commercial opportunities.

About you
The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be experienced in AM technologies and polymeric materials and be able to work collaboratively. Applicants should have a practical approach to work built on a good theoretical knowledge, be proactive, enthusiastic and able to self-manage in order to carry out the necessary characterisation, processing, testing and analysis duties.

Applicants are expected to have a good theoretical and practical knowledge of Additive Manufacturing and good materials science knowledge. Experience of the laser sintering / powder bed fusion process is required. In addition, the candidate should be confident using standard material characterisation equipment (thermal, mechanical testing equipment).

As part of his/her duties, the successful candidate will need to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally and in writing to the partners.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification (available on the university's website, accessed by the apply button) for full details of this role.

The University of Exeter
We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). 

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment
With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive.

Please visit our website for more information on our staff benefits: Benefits | Prospective Staff | University of Exeter.

For further information please contact Professor Oana Ghita, e-mail o.ghita@ex.ac.uk or telephone (01392) 723667.

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