Postdoctoral Research Associate in Materials Science and Metallurgy
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

New Alloys for Additive Manufacture in Aerospace

Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral researcher to join a programme seeking to develop new high-performance materials amenable to additive layer manufacturing. The post will be based in the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge and will have close links with industrial partners within the aerospace sector.

Additive manufacturing techniques are creating a revolution in the production of high value-added engineering products. Specifically, the techniques provide the opportunity for increasingly complex component geometries, beyond those that can be produced by conventional processing routes. Consequently, there is great interest in utilising these techniques in the aerospace sector to deliver components with enhanced in-service performance. However, the thermo-mechanical conditions experienced during additive layer processing are markedly different to those encountered in more conventional fabrication routes. As such, problems are commonly encountered when attempting to build high performance materials via additive methods. These issues lead to unacceptably high deficits in material properties, a high concentration of defects, increased anisotropy and prohibitive scrap rates. Therefore, there is a great need to design and develop new high-performance alloys that can be successfully fabricated through these methods.

The post holder will be required to work independently and as part of a team, as well as be able to perform suitable experimental and modelling activities to progress the research. The work will include the characterisation of alloys using: scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis. Complementary modelling will also be performed using thermodynamic simulation software. The postholder will be expected to communicate their findings through journal publications, conference contributions and technical meetings with the industrial collaborators. It is also expected that the post holder will be able to manage their own progress against predefined milestones and deliverables.

Applicants must have a PhD in Materials Science or a related Engineering discipline and have experience of experimental metallurgical research. Candidates will ideally also have expertise in Metallography, Electron Microscopy, X-ray Diffraction, Thermal Analysis and Computational Thermodynamics. It is also desirable for candidates to have knowledge of Ni-base superalloys, Co-base superalloys or intermetallic materials. Candidates should be able to demonstrate their ability to communicate their research through a track record of relevant publications and conference contributions. Experience of working with industrial organisations would also be advantageous.

Funding is available until 30 September 2022. Applications must be made online via the University's website before 22 December 2021.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 9 months in the first instance.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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Applications submitted in support of the application should include:

1) a curriculum vitae that includes a list of publications and presentations; 2) a short research statement describing the applicant's past research, future goals, and why the applicant is interested and suitable for this position and 3) the names of two individuals who may be contacted for letters of recommendation/references.

Informal enquiries may be made by email to Mrs Jean Pomfrett jp674@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference LJ29210 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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