Materials Knowledge Exchange Fellow

Glasgow, Glasgow City (GB)
£39992 - £49149
20 Aug 2018
End of advertisement period
07 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Materials Knowledge Exchange Fellow

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

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering (

Staff Category: Knowledge Exchange

Reference No: 151372

Reports To: AFRC’s Research Director through Materials and Residual Stress Team Leader

Grade: 8

Salary Range: £39992 - £49149

Contract Type: Open Contract

FTE: 1 (35 hours/week)

Closing Date: Sunday, 7 October 2018

Job Advert

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 £30 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 an experienced and enthusiastic Materials Knowledge Exchange Fellow to lead and manage delivery of high value research and knowledge exchange programmes, and develop AFRC’s materials testing capabilities to enhance characterisations of materials microstructures and mechanical properties during forging and forming processes. This will involve the candidate anticipating direction of manufacturing capability to develop and enhance multi-disciplinary techniques for characterisations of the evolution of microstructure, mechanical properties and residual stress during forming and forging processes, and envisage appropriate characterisation techniques for model validation. The candidate will also be able to lead on and contribute to high value industrial funding proposals. 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 Materials Knowledge Exchange Fellow will require significant research and/or industrial experience in the following technical areas:

  • A broad knowledge of metallic materials and alloys, especially those relevant to the aerospace sector (e.g. Nickel based superalloys, Titanium alloys and Aluminium alloys);
  • Good understanding of the effect of processing on materials microstructure and thermos-mechanical properties;
  • A broad knowledge of materials modelling, including both micro- and macro-scales, and ability to use different software packages for modelling and simulations.
  • Knowledge of a range of materials characterisations and residual stress measurement techniques   

An awareness of more than one area of AFRC engineering capability is desirable for the role.

The post holder will require the knowledge, skills and experience normally associated with a first degree and PhD for example in mechanical/materials engineering or design engineering. We are also interested in candidates with equivalent industrial experience. The post holder will have an established track record in leading the delivery of engineering solutions in an industrial context, as well as experience of taking a leading role in research and development of manufacturing processes.

The post holder will have the ability to work autonomously, plan and prioritise own workload with minimal inputs from higher management, and deal with complex problems presented to them by colleagues. The post holder will also need 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 academia. Lastly, the post holder will be required to make a significant contribution to the administrative activities of the AFRC including membership/chair of relevant committees and acting in senior departmental/school administrative positions.

Application Procedure

Applicants are required to complete an application form including the name of three referees who will be contacted before interview without further permission, unless you indicate that you would prefer otherwise. Applicants should also submit a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter detailing the knowledge, skills and experience you think make you the right candidate for the job. Applicants should also complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Other Information

Further information on the application process and working at Strathclyde can be found on our website (

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr Salah Rahimi, Principal Materials Fellow, (

Rewards and Benefits

Our staff have access to a wide range of outstanding benefits that include financial rewards, family friendly and wellbeing benefits and career development opportunities, details of which can be found here.

Conditions of Employment

Conditions of employment relating to the Research staff category can be found at: Conditions of Employment.

Pre-employment health screening

An offer of appointment will be subject to a medical assessment by Occupational Health. An individual who accepts an offer of employment must complete a confidential medical questionnaire and forward it to the Occupational Health Nurse within 5 days of receipt. If further information is required the individual may be contacted by the OHN or a Medical Advisor and a personal appointment with the individual may be arranged. An unconditional contract of employment will not be issued until Human Resources receives confirmation that applicant is fit to undertake the duties of the post.


Where applicable, the successful applicant will be required to serve a 12 month probationary period.


The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding this scheme is available from Payroll and Pensions.


Where applicable, the University offers a relocation package to support new employees who meet the eligibility criteria. The relocation package is offered as a contribution towards costs incurred, and is designed to be flexible, allowing staff to use the financial support available in the way that will be most helpful to them. Further details are outlined in the Relocation Policy.


Formal interviews for this post will be held on Monday, 22 October 2018.

Equality and Diversity

We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

The University currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.