Airbus Research Fellow in Metallurgical Performance, University of Manchester, UK

University of Manchester
Research Fellow
Study in:UK
Deadline: 06 Dec 2017

Airbus Research Fellow in Metallurgical Performance

Closing Date : 06/12/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : Available from February 2018 to 30 March 2020 but, subject to review, is expected to continue until September 2022
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
School/Directorate : School of Materials
Division : 
Hours Per week : Full Time
Salary : £39,992 to £49,149 per annum depending on experience
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-10975

Applications are invited for an exciting opportunity to advance understanding and simulation of the metallurgical performance of aerospace alloys in advanced airframes, in close collaboration with Airbus.

This prestigious Airbus Research Fellowship position will involve developing a research programme that will focus on improving fundamental understanding of the coupling between high performance alloys, advanced manufacturing processes, and in-service endurance, with the aim of developing the underpinning science required to improve component life prediction and accelerate product innovation.

A particular challenge is to understand factors that might affect long term performance when combining advanced manufacturing with aerospace alloys that are highly sensitive to their processing history. This will be addressed by developing multi-scale analysis methods, combined with simulations, to study in-depth the relationships between microstructure development and a material’s subsequent micromechanical behaviour; thus enabling greater confidence in in-service performance prediction.

The Research Fellow will work closely with Professor Philip Prangnell, RAEng/Airbus Professor in Metallurgical Excellence in the School of Materials, to establish an Airbus ‘Centre of Excellence’ in aerospace metallurgy, while developing their own research interests, with the expectation that the role has the potential to lead to a lectureship at Manchester within 5 years.

The initial appointment will be available from February 2018 to 30 March 2020 but, subject to review, is expected to continue until September 2022.

This is a full time position, although flexible working/secondment applications will also be considered. It is based at Manchester but with UK (& international) travel requirements.

The School of Materials is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School received a Silver Award in 2017 for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post.  Appointment will always be made on merit.  For further information, please visit

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Prof Philip Prangnell


Tel: 0161-306-3610

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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