Research Associate - Faculty of Engineering

Glasgow, Glasgow City (GB)
£31,604 - £38,833
17 Aug 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Associate

Department: Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) (, Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management (

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering (

Staff Category: Research

Reference No: 151378

Reports To: AFRC Research Director via Materials and Residual Stress Team Lead

Grade: 7

Salary Range: £31,604 - £38,833

Contract Type: Fixed Term (36 months)

FTE: 1 (35 hours/week)

Closing Date: Monday, 17 September 2018

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow possesses a large internationally rated Engineering Faculty with a proud history of successful joint ventures with industrial and enterprise partners. As part of the University’s strategic development the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) has been established near Glasgow’s International Airport. The AFRC is the embodiment of a £65 million collaborative investment by Industrial, Academic and Government partners seeking to establish a world-leading research facility for forging and forming technologies.

The AFRC is seeking to appoint a Research Associate* to support the delivery of high value research programmes focused on the measurement, modelling and alleviation of residual stresses in forged or formed components. Recently the Centre has invested over £0.6m in residual stress measurement equipment and is rapidly developing a team who specialise in this area. The candidate will also be expected to support and contribute to high value industrial funding proposals in support of a range of projects across the Centre. The post holder will be expected to work between the AFRC and its industrial partners and there will be a strong emphasis on knowledge exchange.

To achieve the above the Research Associate will preferably require some research and/or industrial experience in at least two of the following technical areas:

  • A good basic knowledge of materials and the way that manufacturing processes can develop or modify material’s microstructure to achieve desired mechanical properties.
  • Techniques of materials characterisation e.g. SEM, EDX, WDS, EBSP, optical microscopy and mechanical testing
  • The use of finite element based software (e.g. ABAQUS, DEFORM, QForm or similar) for process simulation (e.g. forging, sheet forming, residual stress prediction), or microstructure modelling
  • The measurement of residual stresses using hole drilling, X-ray diffraction or other experimental techniques

The post holder will require the knowledge, skills and experience normally associated with a first degree and PhD for example in Materials Science, Materials Engineering or Mechanical Engineering; we are also interested in candidates with equivalent industrial experience.  

The post holder will also have the ability to work autonomously, plan and prioritise own workload with guidance from a team / project leader, and deal with complex problems presented to them by colleagues. Preferably, the individual will have experience of project planning and delivery, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to interact with a range of stakeholders from industry and/or academia. Lastly, the post holder may be required to make a contribution to the administrative activities of the AFRC including membership of relevant committees.