Postdoctoral Researcher, 3D Printing and Heat Treatment

Dublin, Ireland
Jul 01, 2020
End of advertisement period
Jul 07, 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Centre: I-Form, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
Level on Framework: Level 1
Post duration: 3 Years

As part of this role the researcher will be required to participate in the DCU Research Career Framework. This framework is designed to provide significant professional development opportunities to Researchers and offer the best opportunities in terms of a wider career path. The role may include teaching duties to assist with module delivery.


Dublin City University (www.dcu.ie) is a research intensive, globally engaged, dynamic institution which has developed its own research specialists, established internationally recognized centres of excellence that have substantive collaborative links with leading universities and industrial partners. DCU is distinguished both by the quality and impact of its graduates and by its focus on the translation of knowledge into societal and economic benefit. Through its mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation DCU acts as an agent of social, cultural and economic progress. DCU is Ireland’s fastest growing university and now hosts more than 17,000 students across its three academic campuses: DCU Glasnevin Campus, DCU St Patrick’s Campus and CU All hallows campus. DCU has a strong track record in attracting both Irish and European Union research funding under Horizon 2020 (and all previous Framework Programmes), Marie Curie Actions and Erasmus. We offer a dynamic and internationally-focused environment in which to advance your academic career.

I-FORM Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre: The I-FORM Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre has been established by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) to deliver high-impact, innovative science and engineering research. I-FORM has particular focus on additive manufacturing (‘3D printing’) combined with advanced digital technologies applied in a precision manufacturing environment, see http://www.i-form.ie/. The Centre brings together a multi-disciplinary team of over 80 PhD and Post-Doc researchers in manufacturing engineering, materials and data science, in a cross-disciplinary and translational research environment. I-FORM operates in close collaboration with a global network of companies and collaborators.

The Project and the Role

Additive Manufacturing (AM) and characterisation of heat pump core component designs

I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre are seeking Post-Doctoral Researchers and Research Assistants to work on a project that will develop the next generation of nitinol based heat pumps.

A large focus of this project is on the optimisation of a core element in a heat pump system, the product of a partner company. The nitinol material will be printed in wire and lattice formats. The lattice structure design will be optimised for achieving a combination of high strength and high latent heat capacity and release rate. This will provide a basis for the heat pump system enhancement. In addition to this the fluid flow through the system will be optimised. A heat pump test rig will be developed for evaluation of the developed core elements. The design freedom of AM will be investigated to allow for improved heat exchange efficiency and robustness. In addition to these fundamental process development requirements, this project will be conducted with a focus toward achieving the next generation heat engine product design of a collaborating company.

The role of this position is the 3D printing and heat treatment of the heat pump core element to achieve controlled shape memory effect within nitinol, thereby optimising also the efficiency of the heat pump system. The process parameters for metal Powder Bed Fusion (PFB) additive manufacturing will be developed to achieve optimised shape memory effect within nitinol for different core element designs.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to his/her Principal Investigator the Postdoctoral Researcher will:

  • Conduct research in the area(s) relevant to the project.
  • Co-supervise and provide assistance / advice to PhD students working on similar topics.
  • Assist the Principal Investigator and the research group in the design and development of the specific research programme.
  • Produce top quality journal and conference publications, in collaboration with the PIs.
  • Support the development of proposals for research funding.
  • Participate in Centre activities, including industry showcases, annual reviews and industry and agency visits to the Insight labs.
  • Carry out administrative work associated with the programme of research as necessary
  • Other tasks relevant to successfully implementing the assigned research programme.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience Required

The ideal candidate will have completed a PhD in Computer Science in a relevant discipline. The team is seeking high performance, aspiring applicants with a desire to discover new knowledge and to drive forward advanced manufacturing technologies.

Ideally the applicant will the following skills;

  • An ability to design and/or implement a substantial programme of research including initiating and leading new research programmes.
  • Demonstrated ability in conveying their research nationally and internationally (for example by publishing in high quality peer reviewed journals of international standing, presentation at conference and through interaction with industrial partners).
  • Experience in assisting with the supervision of postgraduate students would also be desirable as would financial management of a research project.
  • A demonstrated ability of good communication skills will be sought.

Candidates will be assessed on the following competencies:

Discipline knowledge and Research Skills – Demonstrates knowledge of a research discipline and the ability to conduct a specific programme of research within that discipline.

Understanding the Research Environment – Demonstrates an awareness of research environment (e.g. funding bodies and company requirements) and the ability to contribute to grant applications.

Communication Research – Demonstrates the ability to communicate their research with their peers and the wider research community (for example presenting at conferences and publishing research in relevant journals) and the potential to teach and tutor students.

Managing & Leadership Skills – Demonstrates the potential to manage a research project including the supervision of undergraduate/postgraduate students.

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