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

MAPP is recruiting for a research associate post based at the University of Manchester, two PhD posts at the University of Sheffield and a PhD post based with University College London at the Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire.

Research Associate in Advanced Temporal Imaging of Powder-based Manufacturing and Manufactured Products, University of Manchester, School of Materials 

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 a new fundamental understanding of processing-microstructure relationships. Particular focus will be the development of in-situ real time experiments and their analysis.

The successful candidate will undertake key experimental and characterisation work for the project, and be expected to analyse and disseminate these results within the MAPP consortium, to industrial partners, through conference presentations and through high-quality journal publications.  They will also work with other members of MAPP to design, plan and execute novel imaging experiments.  The post-holder is also expected to become a key member of Prof. Withers’ research group, making significant contributions to its success, and playing an active role in areas such as student supervision and wider development of experimental methods and techniques.

The application deadline is Monday, February 11, 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

Additive manufacture (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, March 31, 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, March 31, 2019. Visit findaphd.com for more information.

PhD studentship - Shedding new light on additive manufacturing for aerospace applications, University College London, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire

The successful applicant will join a dynamic group from UCL Mechanical Engineering based at the UK’s largest science campus, Harwell. Using the latest synchrotron and neutron sources and unique in situ AM machines, you will image the AM process to address key fundamental and applied challenges facing the AM industry. The PhD project is jointly supervised by Prof. Peter Lee (UCL) and Dr Ben Saunders (Rolls-Royce plc.), and supported by Dr. Alex Leung.

The successful candidate will help apply and further develop a new generation AM process replicator that enables users to image microstructural feature formation during realistic build conditions, including multi-hatch and multi-layer builds, using a combination of optical, thermal, and high-speed X-ray imaging. The results will be used in conjunction with traditional X-ray computed tomography and other microscopy techniques. 

The closing date is March 18th, 2019. Visit UCL for more information.