Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Additive Manufacturing

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Exeter, ENGLAND
Deadline: 24 May 2022

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences



This full-time post is available immediately, on a fixed term basis, until 30/04/23.

The post

The Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in an Innovate UK project, investigating the use of novel lignin based powders, derived from a waste by-product of the paper industry, for laser sintering carbon parts. The initial target market will be the development of heatsinks, which has a global market estimated to reach £7.55bn by 2026, driven by demand for cloud computing. Cloud operations comprising thousands of servers working together generate tremendous amounts of heat, with 40% of data centre energy typically consumed to meet server cooling demands.

CALM is an independent research centre, working at multiple Technology Readiness

Levels, on both fundamental and applied research, with a focus on the development of advanced high performance polymeric materials for additive manufacturing.  With a background in material science and manufacturing, the centre is highly experienced in research and development of materials and powder through to process investigations for part manufacture using state-of-the-art high temperature AM technologies and characterisation equipment. ( )

The successful applicant will be responsible for characterising the powder grades, helping to further improve their formulations, and optimising the laser sintering process with these powders. The project is run in close collaboration with an industrial partner interested to explore several commercial opportunities. 

About you

The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be experienced in AM technologies and polymeric materials and be able to work collaboratively. Applicants should have a practical approach to work built on a good theoretical knowledge, be proactive, enthusiastic and able to self-manage in order to carry out the necessary characterisation, processing, testing and analysis duties.

Applicants are expected to have a good theoretical and practical knowledge of Additive Manufacturing and good materials science knowledge. Experience of the laser sintering / powder bed fusion process is required. In addition, the candidate should be confident using standard material characterisation equipment (thermal, mechanical testing equipment).

As part of his/her duties, the successful candidate will need to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally and in writing to the partners.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Exeter is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City . In 2019, Devon was voted as having the best quality of life of anywhere in England and Wales, making it a popular choice for both work and study.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

For further information please contact Professor Oana Ghita, e-mail or telephone (01392) 723667.

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