The School of Engineering seeks to appoint a Research Associate from October 1st 2019 in the Institute for Materials and Processes (IMP) for four projects: rePLAM and DiElasto, both funded by the EPSRC Centre for Advanced Materials and Renewable Energy Generation (CAMREG); plus ATP and TP-RTM.
rePLAM involves the design, manufacture, testing and analysis of thermoplastic fibre metal laminates (processing of thermoplastic fibre metal laminates).
DiElasto will characterise novel dielectric elastomer (DE) materials in both power generation devices and propulsion systems for autonomous marine vehicles (AUVs) in collaboration with CAMREG and the Centre for Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets (ORCA Hub).
TP-RTM examines reactive injection moulding of thermoplastic precursors into fabrics and to form full thermoplastic composite parts. This approach produces cost-effective thermoplastic composites and tougher, more impact-resistant, recyclable composites.
ATP is targeted at the design and optimisation of material tapes (thermoplastic or powder epoxy) for deployment on robotic tape placement machines which create composite parts by additive manufacturing under precise conditions of tension, pressure and temperature.
The successful candidate for this position should have a PhD in Mechanical, Civil, Structural or Polymer Engineering, Materials Science or a relevant field and have substantial experience in polymer composite and/or elastomer manufacture. Experience of mechanical testing and characterisation of polymers and composites is also highly desirable, as is design experience and numerical stress modelling capability of polymer and fibre-reinforced composite structures (finite element analysis).
This post is full time and fixed-term for 24 months.
Salary: £33,199 - £39,609 per annum
Closing date is 26 September 2019 at 5pm GMT.