Research Associate* in the Mechanics of Materials Division

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Short info about job

Company: Imperial College London

Department: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Salary: £36,800 to £44,220 per annum

Hours: Full Time

Contract type: Fixed-Term/Contract

Type / Role: Academic or Research

Phone: +44-29 2079681

Fax: +44-1202 7709899

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Detail information about job Research Associate* in the Mechanics of Materials Division. Terms and conditions vacancy

Salary in the range: £36,800- £44,220 per annum(Maximum salary on appointment will be £40,840 per annum)

Fixed-term appointment available for up to 2 years in the first instance, starting from 1st October 2017

The Metal Forming and Materials Modelling Group/Division wishes to appoint a Research Associate to conduct research into forming of light alloys at Imperial College London. 

The Metal Forming and Materials Modelling Group is a multidisciplinary research group based in the Mechanical Engineering Department. It is one of the largest academic metal forming Groups in the UK and carries out world-leading research in both fundamental and applied aspects of metal forming technologies. 

The Research Associate will be involved in a project to develop new hybrid metal forming, materials and process modelling technologies for light alloys and lightweight structural components. The project will involve the study of microstructure evolution in hybrid metal forming processes experimentally and computationally. The outcome of the study will enable more complex-shaped lightweight panel components to be formed with required microstructures. The project will require extensive liaison with the industrial client and the researcher will undertake field trips to study the problem at first hand. The project, in collaboration with Manchester and Cambridge Universities, is funded by EPSRC with strong support from many UK and overseas companies, which provides an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to work closely with industry.

Applicants will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in an area pertinent to the research subject i.e. Mechanical Engineering or Materials and a first degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or Materials. In addition some background in Metal Forming, materials and process modelling, and Light Alloys is essential/desirable. 

The successful candidate should be able to carry out metal forming tests, particularly on hot stamping and hot forging;

  • Conduct thermal mechanical testing using materials simulators;
  • Carry out microstructure examinations using SEM/EBSD, etc., for post formed components;
  • Formulate viscoplastic constitutive equations and enable to carry out forming simulations using the equations.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistants within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum

Informal e-mail enquiries may be made to Dr Jun Jiang at [email protected] or +44(0) 20 7594 7128 

Our preferred method of application is online via our website.  Please click ‘apply’ below or go to (Select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number into “Keywords”).   Please complete and upload an application form as directed quoting reference number EN20170260SAYou must submit an application form for our posts along with a CV, if you do not fill in an application form, you will not be considered. 

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Helen Stoneham at [email protected]

Closing date: 14 September 2017 (midnight BST)

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