Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (www.strath.ac.uk/mae/)
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering (www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/)
Staff Category: Knowledge Exchange
Reference No: 145151
Reports To: The Head of Department, through the Director of the Advanced Materials Research Laboratory (AMRL)
Salary Range: £31604 - £38833
Contract Type: Open Contract
FTE: 1 (35 hours/week)
Closing Date: Tuesday, 21 August 2018
The Advanced Materials Research Laboratory (AMRL), is a £4M University/Faculty co-investment in state of the art materials research equipment located in two high quality laboratory spaces in the Faculty of Engineering. The AMRL (launched in June 2011) is a leading laboratory and testing centre that offers a vast array of opportunities for standout research and knowledge exchange in materials engineering and science, it provides a hub for multidisciplinary research, with expertise broadening from nano-scale through to full-scale component testing. With capabilities for microstructural, compositional and thermal analyses, and mechanical testing, the AMRL work ranges from identifying the relationship between manufacturing processes and materials’ microstructure and their properties, to investigating materials’ degradation behaviours or benchmarking the performance of novel material solutions against established methods. The services that the AMRL offers vary from consultancy to commercial clients across all sectors of engineering to partnering with government and academic institutions in multidisciplinary research projects. In all cases, it is committed to playing a key role in the delivery of collaborative research and exploitation of new knowledge and skills.
The AMRL is currently expanding its portfolio of clients and seeks the support of an experienced Experimental Officer who, alongside managing the effective engagement and usage of the AMRL facilities with the academic and external research and development communities, will undertake specific knowledge exchange projects under the general guidance of the AMRL team. As a key member of the AMRL, you will provide a high level of expertise on a broad range of materials characterisation techniques, produce accurate results with effective turnarounds and ensure that all projects meet specification, standards and performance requirements. You will contribute to the AMRL knowledge exchange portfolio and proposals, with assistance from senior colleagues as required.
To be considered for the role, you will be educated to PhD level in Materials/Metallurgical Engineering or a closely related discipline; or you will have significant experience in a similar role in addition to a relevant Honours Degree. You will have a track record of experience in materials research and highly skilled materials characterisation techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, energy and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy, electron backscatter diffraction, X-ray diffraction, and a range of thermal analyses and mechanical testing, and you will have experience of complying with all health and safety management related matters associated with your area of expertise. You will require a strong knowledge of materials’ properties to support the AMRL in providing a comprehensive information suite across different material systems and revealing the complex mechanisms intrinsic of materials issues. You will be familiar with activities such as reverse engineering of components with unknown origin, failure investigation, macro- to micro-scale test design, long term performance of structural materials or coatings in service conditions, exposed to high temperatures and/or aggressive environments. You will be accustomed to working with internationally recognised standards, such as ISO, American (ASTM) or European (EN, DIN, BS, etc.); at the same time, you will be resourceful to deliver bespoke testing solutions.
Whilst not essential for the role, applications from candidates with expertise in transmission electron microscopy are welcomed.