Research Associate, New Wire Additive Manufacture, Metallurgist

Manchester, United Kingdom
£32,236 - £39,609 Per Annum (according to relevant experience)
25 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location : Sackville Street, Manchester
Closing Date : 26/11/2018
Salary : £32,236 - £39,609 Per Annum (according to relevant experience) 
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering 
Division : Materials 
Hours Per week : Full Time 
Contract Duration : 01 December 2018 to 30 November 2020

Wire based additive additive manufacture of metals has the potential to provide a radically new paradigm for producing large, complex components in high value-added applications including aerospace, automotive, and power generation. The University of Manchester is partner in a 5 year £4.8M EPSRC programme grant entitled ‘New Wire Additive Manufacture (NEWAM)’ a multidisciplinary project to provide the enabling science that will allow UK industry to use advanced wire based additive manufacturing processes to manufacture large, high value-added parts, with optimized microstructure and properties. The NEWAM programme is highly interdisciplinary, combining world-leading expertise in process development, simulation, microstructural development, and non-destructive testing.

As part of this programme, we are seeking to recruit a postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) with expertise in microstructural characterization and evolution for application to aluminium alloys, steel, and titanium alloys. This post will involve using the state-of-the art electron microscopy and other characterization facilities available at Manchester to study the evolution of microstructure during large area additive manufacture and inform alloy and process design. The PDRA will have access to an electron microscopy suite of over 20 state of the art microscopes along with complementary facilities for processing and characterization of metals. The PDRA will work as part of a multidisciplinary research team with partners at Cranfield, Coventry, and Strathclyde Universities. NEWAM has strong industrial involvement from companies such as Airbus, Rolls Royce, and GKN.

Candidates are sought with experience of characterization of microstructure of steels with an understanding of phase transformation in these materials. Experience with thermomechanical simulation (e.g. Gleeble) and titanium or aluminium metallurgy would be an advantage.

This is a full-time position, although flexible working/secondment applications will also be considered. It is based at Manchester, with UK and international travel requirements,

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Ed Pickering


General enquiries:


Tel:      0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel:      0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further Particulars

S&E - 12954 New Wire Additive Manufacture (NEWAM) Metallurgist FPs;