Research Associate/Fellow in EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Hub University of Nottingham, Department of Engineering

Research Associate/Fellow: EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Hub


Closing Date
Wednesday, 28th June 2017
Job Type
£26052 to £38183 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £29301 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

An opportunity has arisen to work at the forefront of scientific research within the Composites Research Group at the University of Nottingham. The successful applicant will support a 3 year project which is part of a core programme being funded by the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Hub. The work will be undertaken in collaboration with the University of Bristol to develop improved understanding of automated dry fibre placement technologies (ADFP).


During this project a fundamental understanding of the factors limiting wider use of ADFP will be developed. A key area is the functional mechanisms behind surface interactions during dry tow placement. Through tack characterisation of materials alongside deposition models and rheological data for the binder predictive models will be developed for the interdependency of processing temperature and rate to obtain optimal adhesion levels of the binder. The capability to successfully infuse large structures will also be improved by tailoring the preform design by engineering tow gaps to form a network of dual flow capillaries without compromising structural performance. Optimal lay-up strategies for faster and defect-free infusion will be investigated through geometric modelling (using Nottingham’s open-source TexGen software) coupled with commercial flow modelling software and optimisation frameworks. There is also the opportunity to question the currently proposed hardware architectures and evaluate radical clean sheet alternatives in order to achieve a step change in deposition rate, quality and cost.


The post holder will work as a Research Associate or Fellow in the Composites Research Group at Nottingham, collaborating with other key research and support staff, and will be required to liaise with academics from the University of Bristol and industrial partners from the UK composites supply chain.


Applicants must have (or be about to obtain) a PhD, or equivalent in a relevant area, together with the relevant research skills, knowledge and track record of publishing papers (preferably in the field of polymer composites).


This full time post is available immediately and will be offered on a fixed term contract for 36 months.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Thomas Turner, tel: 0115 748 6164 or email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.


The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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