Research Associate in Representative Testing and Inspection of High Integrity Components

Imperial College London Department of Mechanical Engineering

Job summary

The Structural Integrity Research group is looking to hire a Researcher to work with a Future Leader Fellow in linking advanced materials science with industrial processes to improve the quality of high integrity components across multiple sectors. As part of a large research grant (£2.5M) led by the University of Sheffield, the Fellowship has industrial support from Rolls-Royce Plc and Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd, as well as...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01646
  • Date posted 16 April 2021
  • Closing date 16 May 2021

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £36,045 – £48,340 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The Structural Integrity Research group is looking to hire a Researcher to work with a Future Leader Fellow in linking advanced materials science with industrial processes to improve the quality of high integrity components across multiple sectors. As part of a large research grant (£2.5M) led by the University of Sheffield, the Fellowship has industrial support from Rolls-Royce Plc and Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd, as well as collaborating with the University of Manchester.

The role will be key in assessing the structural integrity of engineering alloys, with an emphasis on fracture mechanics, and will be integral to the delivery of the project work-packages in developing experimental measurements. This role is largely experimental, with aspects of finite element analysis for test design and data interpretation.

Formed in the 1970’s, the Structural Integrity group research facilities are state-of-the-art and include novel manufacturing methods and selective laser processing, amongst others. The group is supported by several Industrially funded research centres, as well as significant UKRI and EU research grants. We have strong global links and the outcomes of our research are widely employed in industry.

Duties and responsibilities

    • You will design and perform experimental tests in engineering alloys and transfer the results to high integrity components, either through destructive testing or by non-destructive inspection of a component at key stages of manufacture.
    • You will validate results through large scale trials on a component manufactured in the Advanced Forming Research Centre Future Forge facility.
    • Working closely with other researchers and industrial partners, you will provide outputs into other work packages, generating a digital representation of the measured and estimated mechanical performance of the component to compare with predicted mechanical property maps to be used in safety assessments.

Essential requirements

    • You should have (or be close to completing) a PhD in a relevant subject area
    • Experience in materials and fracture mechanics testing & analysis techniques is essential.
    • You must have experience in finite element analysis techniques for test design and interpretation.
    • An awareness of defect tolerant design and metals processing methods would be useful, as would the ability to communication complex materials science to a range of audiences.  

Full information and requirements can be found in the Job Description.

Further information

This is a fixed term position for up to 34 months in the first instance.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 - £39,183 per annum.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr Catrin Davies at catrin.davies@imperial.ac.uk.

To apply, please click “APPLY NOW” to go through to the online application form.

Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Miss Helen Stoneham at h.stoneham@imperial.ac.uk.