Research Associate in Lightform: Warm Formability of Aluminium Alloys

University of Manchester

A Research Associate is sought to help deliver a high-quality research to contribute to a programme grant funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), entitled ‘LightForm Embedding Materials Engineering in Manufacturing with Light Metals’.

The role will be based at The University of Manchester, within the Centre for Light Alloys Research and Innovation (CLARI) in the School of Materials. LightForm is viewed as a strategic investment by EPSRC and aims to strengthen the UK’s scientific research base in advanced manufacturing across the aerospace and automotive sectors, and will work with the prime manufacturers and their supply chain.

LightForm is a 5 year multidisciplinary project with £4.8m in core funding from the EPSRC programme grant scheme, led by The University of Manchester with partners at the University of Cambridge and Imperial College, London.

LightForm’s aim is to provide the enabling science that will allow UK industry to achieve a step-change in the performance of the next generation of wrought, light-alloy, formed components, and innovate in the move to a more sustainable economy and digital simulation in manufacturing.

The Research Associate will be responsible for delivering high quality research on the topic of warm forming and microstructure development during warm forming of aluminium alloys. They will carry out formability testing at elevated temperatures, characterize the evolution of the microstructure during forming and use computational modelling to help understand the experimental results.

The Associate will be a senior member of the LightForm research team and will be responsible for engaging with other team members to meet the overall objectives of the programme. They will also be responsible for leading the dissemination of the research outcomes in their area (e.g. through high-impact publications), presenting their work at international conferences, and assisting in the supervision of PhD and other research students associated with the programme.

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Prof. João Quinta da Fonseca

Email: [email protected]

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.

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