University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Research Assistant/Associate in Metallography and Powder Metallurgy (Fixed Term)

United Kingdom

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Research Assistant/Associate in Metallography and Powder Metallurgy (Fixed


A position exists, for a Research Associate in the Additive Microstructure Engineering (AddME) Laboratory at the Department of Engineering. The role is to carry out experiments to investigate the recyclability of metal powders used in laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) processes. The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK. The key responsibilities and duties are to characterize powder spreadability during LPBF and the microstructure of metal alloys produced by LPBF using proprietary technologies which have been developed by the AddME Lab group. The equipment required to carry out such experiments is already available in the group, but requires updating since it has not been used since 2021. The role holder is expected to support and maintain the University's national and international reputation for excellence in research and teaching by producing high quality results which will be published in peer-reviewed journals and disseminate at national and international conferences. They will also assist with writing reports for funding bodies and with grant administration. The role holder is expected to work and interact with other members of the research group and with our industrial partners. They will contribute to seminars and to take part in the research group's broader research activities. The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role include experimental research experience in powder metallurgy processes and microstructure analysis of metals and metal alloys, expertise in machine design and control, and knowledge of laser powder bed fusion processes. The applicant will have obtained or be close to obtaining a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £29,605 - £33,966 Research Associate: £36,024 - £44,263

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2025 in the first instance.

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Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) inclusive of publication list and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact: Elizabeth Howard, Divisional Coordinator on [email protected].

Please quote reference NM40477 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Further information
  • HR7Further Particulars
  • Department/Location

    Department of Engineering, Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire


    £29,605- £33,966 or ££36,024- £44,263






    12 February 2024

    Closing date

    26 February 2024

    Job details


    Research Assistant/Associate in Metallography and Powder Metallurgy (Fixed Term)


    University of Cambridge


    United Kingdom


    February 13, 2024

    Application deadline

    February 26, 2024

    Job type



    Engineering,Physics,Space Science

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