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Research Fellow in Powder Metallurgy

University of Birmingham - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences - School of Metallurgy and Materials

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £34,980 to £44,263 Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th December 2023
Closes: 7th January 2024
Job Ref: 103005

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £34,980 to £44,263 with potential progression once in post to £46,974

Contract Type: Fixed Term contract up to February 2025

Closes: 07/01/2024

Role Summary

The successful applicant will carry out research and manufacturing process evaluation to produce structures using powder hot isostatic pressing technology. This will involve performing the following investigations: powder characterisation, microstructural investigations, finite element modelling, and mechanical and functional properties characterisation.

Main Duties

The main duty will be to undertake the work programme as described in the proposal. This will involve characterisation of feedstock powder including flowability, particle size by laser diffraction, SEM Imaging and metallography of samples made using hot isostatic pressing. Samples will be built for optimisation of the porosity and defects and to determine the microstructure/grain structure. This will require the creation of CAD files using Solidworks. To investigate the mechanical and functional properties that have been obtained samples will be produced and tensile tested. The samples will be visually inspection and the dimensions and surface roughness determined. A test report will be compiled. The key activity will be geared towards the production of many samples, which will further be tested externally. Finite element simulation of the process will also be explored.

Person Specification

  • First degree in materials science, mechanical or chemical engineering, and normally, a higher degree (to PhD level or near to completion) relevant to research area or equivalent qualifications
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively 
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly

An ideal candidate should have some or all of the following attributes:

  • Experience in powder processing technology
  • CAD experience (preferably Solidworks) and Finite Element modelling (ABAQUS)
  • Practical experience/knowledge of microstructural characterisation and mechanical testing
  • Good organisational, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good report writing skills and the ability to present results using Powerpoint.

Informal enquires can be made to Prof. Moataz Attallah, email: m.m.attallah@bham.ac.uk or telephone 0121 4147842 

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the above ‘Apply’ button.

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