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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:

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Development, Processing and Understanding of High Entropy Alloys - Oxford

We are seeking an outstanding candidate to work in the Processing of Advanced Materials group on the development, processing and understanding of high entropy alloys (HEAs) manufactured by powder-based processes within a large multi-institution collaborative project sponsored by EPSRC (MAPP). The successful candidate will study the link between process parameters, microstructure and final properties initially using the field assisted sintering technique (FAST) to manufacture bulk HEAs for cryogenic and irradiation resistant applications. Subsequent work will look at new compositions, including light-weight HEAs, and other powder-based consolidation processes, such as additive manufacturing. The post will be up to three years. The postholder with closely collaborate with other scientists and technicians on other partners working on HEAs and related materials.

The post will be based in the Department of Materials at its Begbroke Science Park site, 5 miles north of Oxford.

The appointed person will be an experimental scientist, physical scientist or process engineer with experience in powder processing and a doctorate in materials science, other physical science or a relevant engineering discipline. Hands-on experience in the manufacture and consolidation of powders and their microstructural and mechanical characterisation is required

The post is funded by UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through research grant “Future Manufacturing Hub in Manufacture using Advanced Powder Processes (MAPP)”. MAPP’s vision is to research and develop powder-based manufacturing processes that provide low-energy, low-cost and low-waste high-value manufacturing routes and products. MAPP is led by the University of Sheffield, and as well as Oxford University, involves the universities of Leeds, Manchester, Imperial College London and University College London together with a large and growing number of industry partners and six of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) centres. For further information about MAPP please visit

The application deadline is 30 October 2019. Visit the University of Oxford job pages 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 the potential for uptake within high value industries such as automotive and aerospace. 

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