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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.

Looking for a fulfilling role working to develop the next generation of advanced powder processes?

MAPP is recruiting for the posts below:

CFD Modelling of Metal Powder Production, University of Leeds

The advent of 3D printing with metal powders has opened up a new era in manufacturing technology and is driving demand for fine, highly spherical metal powders. The PhD student role involves investigating the production of metal powders by gas atomisation and drop-tube processing. The PhD student will be responsible for the application and further development of an existing computational fluid dynamics model for the 2-phase interaction between the molten metal and the supersonic gas jets used in metal atomisation. Working closely with a number of industrial partners they will also collate data from various atomization trials on both research and production scale systems in order to validate the CFD model and develop models to describe the powder size distribution.

The closing date is Wednesday 31 July 2019. Click here for more information.

Research Associate in Metal Additive Manufacturing, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield.

An exciting opportunity to develop the next generation of additive manufacturing (AM) processes and applications. 

The post holder will develop novel experimental approaches to inform fundamental research on AM processes, including aspects of process definition, control defect formation, characterisation and materials science over a wide range of material types and processes. The post holder will collaborate closely with industry partners and researchers across the MAPP programme and travel between sites if required. The post holder will write papers and supporting documents and disseminate their research findings both internally and externally. 

The closing date is Friday 21 June 2019. Click here for more information.

Research Fellow: Correlative Imaging and Control of Additive Manufacturing, University College London, Department of Mechanical Engineering, based at Harwell Campus.

The role is to develop correlative imaging techniques and control algorithms for AM. Using ultra-fast synchrotron X-ray imaging and correlative optical, infrared and digital image correlation (DIC) techniques, developing Data Fusion techniques and Machine Learning algorithms for the control and optimisation of AM processes at the microstructural level. Working closely with academic and industrial collaborators from MAPP and DIC experts in the USA. The goal will be to develop novel techniques and control algorithms that achieve highly repeatable properties in metal AM components.

The closing date is Monday 24th June 2019. Click here for more information.

Development of novel powder routes for the manufacture of electrical drives and motors, University of Sheffield, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

AM of metals is starting to become more widely accepted technology for the production of critical structural components. There is also evidence that we can, through careful control of processing conditions, generate materials with site-specific properties e.g. controlling the magnetic behaviour to make the material paramagnetic or ferromagnetic on demand. In this PhD we will seek to build on these observations and develop novel; routes for the manufacture of functioning electrical motors – looking at methods for developing and controlling magnetic and other material properties directly in the AM process.

The application deadline is Sunday, June 30, 2019. Visit findaphd.com for more information.

FAST-forge of AM metal-metal composites, University of Sheffield, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Critical aerospace components manufactured from titanium alloys and nickel superalloys tend to be over-engineered due to the restrictive melt-wrought-machining route. Even powder processing routes utilising hot isostatic pressing for nickel superalloys have limitations due to the requirement of downstream thermomechanical processing. 

Over recent years hybrid powder consolidation processes FAST-forge and FAST-DB have demonstrated that titanium and nickel superalloys powders can be consolidated and forged in two steps to produce near net shape demonstrator parts such as rocker arms and connecting rods. Higher strength (and higher cost) alloys can be graded into different subcomponent regions to provide cost-effective subcomponent or site-specific properties. 

In this project, through EPSRC MAPP partners we aim to create a new processing route that will combine FAST-forge and AM technologies.

The application deadline is Sunday, June 30, 2019. Visit findaphd.com for more information.

Next generation multi-laser based additive manufacturing of metallic alloys, University of Sheffield, Department of Mechanical Engineering 

This exciting PhD opportunity within MAPP is to develop the next generation of laser based additive manufacturing systems. This PhD will work on developing a novel laser based additive manufacturing system for processing of highly reflective metallic alloys (e.g copper, aluminum based) with the potential to enhance component properties through microstructural control. The new system will use a standard 200W fibre laser and galvanometer scanning system (as typically used within commercial selective laser melting systems) but also integrate new and novel arrays of fibre/diode lasers at variable wavelengths (visible to near-infrared to maximise material absorbance) combined with laser optical pre-heating enabling control over residual stress build up and microstructural development. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop a completely unique system that has potential for uptake within high value industries such as automotive and aerospace. 

The application deadline is Saturday, August 31, 2019. Visit the Department of Mechanical Engineering for more information.