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A role with MAPP means being part of a large, growing and well-networked multidisciplinary team working with leading universities, industry partners and High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) centres.

MAPP’s cohort of researchers works together to solve some of the fundamental challenges limiting the uptake of a vital class of new and emerging technologies in ceramics, metals and polymers.

The hub’s collaborative approach draws in expertise from materials science, automatic control and systems engineering, mechanical engineering, the Henry Royce Institute, the UK's national synchrotron - the Diamond Light Source and our close working relationships with industry partners including GKN, Renishaw and Rolls-Royce.

MAPP is recoupling manufacturing process development with the underpinning materials science, with a research programme spanning the fundamentals of powder materials, advanced in-situ process monitoring and characterisation, and new approaches to modelling and control.


PhD position - Capturing additive manufacturing's laser-matter interactions

A PhD studentship is now available working on the synchrotron and neutron imaging of additive manufacturing, based at ESRF. The PhD will be a UCL one with Prof. Lee as primary supervisor. You will do several placements at Rolls-Royce UK. You will join ID19’s team at the ESRF. ID19 is a hard X-ray beamline with a special emphasis on (in situ) microtomography and ultra-high speed radiography. Working with UCL, ILL and Rolls-Royce plc, your PhD project will be to help develop, build and use in situ additive manufacturing (AM) rigs which can be used on the ESRF/ILL beamlines to perform in situ and operando imaging that will help develop new processes, materials and monitoring systems. Working with the beamline scientists at ESRF you will learn state of the art X-ray physics; with UCL you will learn how to design and apply AM rigs that work on synchrotron and neutron (with ILL) beamlines. At Rolls-Royce you will use the new physics you reveal to improve and validate computation models of the process.

The rig you will help develop will be a new generation synchrotron enabled powder bed AM machine that has enhanced capability (i.e. multi-laser, expanded correlative imaging). Using this new AM rig you will probe the AM process at the micron scale with micro-second resolution for Ti and Ni alloys, quantifying key phenomena including powder flow and melting, solidification, and microstructural feature formation. Consequently, neutron diffraction will be used to capture the development of residual stresses and solid-state phase transformations in situ during the build of complete components during experiments at ILL. The acquired data is to be used for the advancement of the two computation components: 1. multi-scale modelling of the process (developed at Rolls-Royce, but informed, validated and applied by student); and 2. the development of Machine Learning algorithms to enable ‘synchrotron calibrated’ correlative imaging process control.

Further information may be obtained from Alexander Rack (tel.: +33 (0)4 76 88 17 81, email: and from Prof. Peter D. Lee (tel.: +44 20 7679 3570, email:

Research Associate in Advanced Temporal Imaging of Powder-based Manufacturing and Manufactured Products

An opportunity has arisen for a well-qualified and highly motivated individual to become part of the Manufacture using Advanced Powders and Processes (MAPP) hub, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).  The hub brings together researchers from the universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Oxford and Manchester to develop novel powder-based manufacturing processes, with particular consideration of microstructure development and resulting performance. This post is based at the University of Manchester and will be supervised by Prof. Philip Withers, within the School of Materials. 

MAPP is a £10m EPSRC-funded Future Manufacturing Hub, with a vision to deliver on the promise of powder-based manufacturing processes to provide low-energy, low-cost and low-waste high-value manufacturing routes and products, and to secure UK manufacturing productivity and growth. Led by the University of Sheffield, MAPP brings together leading research teams from the Universities of Leeds, Manchester and Oxford, Imperial College London and University College London, alongside key industrial partners and six of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) centres. MAPP will recouple manufacturing process development with underpinning materials science, with a research programme spanning the fundamentals of powder materials, advanced in-situ process monitoring and characterisation, and new approaches to modelling and control. For further information please visit

The key experimental tasks of the candidate will be to employ a wide range of in situ techniques to exploit X-ray tomography and diffraction techniques to track the microstructural development of powders and microstructure evolution during hot isostatic pressing (HIP) as well as as-manufactured additive manufactured powder parts in order to develop new fundamental understanding of processing-microstructure relationships. Particular focus will be the development of in situ real time experiments and their analysis. Closing date 7th February 2020 - APPLY HERE.