Research Fellow in Modelling of Additive Manufacture

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£33,309 to £37,127 per annum, with potential progression up to £46,409 per annum
12 Apr 2021
End of advertisement period
04 May 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School/Department School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Contract type Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period 3 years
Salary Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £33,309 to £37,127 per annum, with potential progression up to £46,409 per annum
Apply by 04/05/2021

Role Description

We welcome applications from talented individuals interested in this exciting Research Fellow post, with the necessary knowledge and skills to support the development of efficient models to predict thermal and mechanical behaviours of the wire based AM processes.

Cranfield University’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

Cranfield Manufacturing (which includes major activities in Materials) is following the ambitious strategy of developing a roadmap for a Sustainable Manufacturing Sector for 2050 by applying fundamental science and thought leadership via conceiving and maturing the concepts of Smart, Clean and Green manufacturing solutions agnostically across all sectors and through all tiers of the supply chain with SMEs as well as OEMs. This is to support the national aspiration of Net Zero UK by 2050. We offer world-class and niche post-graduate level research, education, training and consultancy. We are unique in our multi-disciplinary approach by bringing together design, materials’ technology and management expertise. We link fundamental materials research with manufacturing to develop novel technologies and improve the science base of the manufacturing research. Our capabilities are unique, with a focus on simulation and modelling, and sustainability.  They also include work in composite manufacture, metallic glasses, nano-materials (graphene, coatings and sensors), low energy casting, thermal barrier coatings and additive manufacturing.

The successful applicant will contribute to the NEWAM programme ( as well as to industrial projects, especially on stress and distortion control of building large scale AM structures. The work will include development of numerical models as well as design and conduct of validation experiments. You will also be expected to support PhD students who work on the thermal-mechanical modelling activities.  Excellent interpersonal skills will be necessary to liaise with work colleagues and academic partners, with responsibilities for project planning and problem solving a key part of this role.

You will need to have a PhD (or close to completion) in Physics, Materials Science or Mechanical Engineering involving numerical modelling.  In terms of your experience, you will have undertaken high quality research or technical development, as well as the writing of high quality papers and/or technical reports and numerical modelling. Ideally you will have used FE models to assist solving real engineering problems.   Your knowledge will include numerical methods for materials processing, residual stress and distortion generation and finite element analysis using commercial software, such as Abaqus.  In return, the successful applicant will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key position, and to be at the forefront of world leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

Our Values

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here. We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential.

Diversity and Inclusion

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

To further demonstrate our commitment to progressing gender diversity in STEM, we are members of WES & Working Families, and sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day.

Flexible Working

We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role. Find out more here.

How to apply

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Dr Jialuo Ding, (E):

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