Airbus Research Fellow in Metallurgical Performance

University of Manchester
£39,992 to £49,149 per annum depending on experience
12 Nov 2017
16 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for an exciting opportunity to advance understanding and simulation of the metallurgical performance of aerospace alloys in advanced airframes, in close collaboration with Airbus.

This prestigious Airbus Research Fellowship position will involve developing a research programme that will focus on improving fundamental understanding of the coupling between high performance alloys, advanced manufacturing processes, and in-service endurance, with the aim of developing the underpinning science required to improve component life prediction and accelerate product innovation.

A particular challenge is to understand factors that might affect long term performance when combining advanced manufacturing with aerospace alloys that are highly sensitive to their processing history. This will be addressed by developing multi-scale analysis methods, combined with simulations, to study in-depth the relationships between microstructure development and a material's subsequent micromechanical behaviour; thus enabling greater confidence in in-service performance prediction.

The Research Fellow will work closely with Professor Philip Prangnell, RAEng/Airbus Professor in Metallurgical Excellence in the School of Materials, to establish an Airbus 'Centre of Excellence' in aerospace metallurgy, while developing their own research interests, with the expectation that the role has the potential to lead to a lectureship at Manchester within 5 years.

The initial appointment will be available from February 2018 to 30 March 2020 but, subject to review, is expected to continue until September 2022.

This is a full time position, although flexible working/secondment applications will also be considered. It is based at Manchester but with UK (& international) travel requirements.

The School of Materials is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women's careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School received a Silver Award in 2017 for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post.
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