Research Fellow - Rapid Alloy Prototyping for Steel Innovation

Страна: Великобритания;

Дедлайн: 18.11.2018

Тип гранта: На научные исследования;


Область наук: Технические;


Employer - The University of Warwick

Location - University of Warwick, Coventry

Salary - £30,395 - £39,609 per annum

Posted - Oct 19, 2018

Closes - Nov 18, 2018

Discipline - Engineering, Materials Science, Social Sciences,Educational & Anthropological Studies

Contract Type - Full Time

Job Type - Postdoc Fellowship


Vacancy Overview
Fixed Term Contract for 3 Years 

A talented individual with a background in metallurgy is being invited to join a team of researchers (material scientists/engineers, metallurgists, computational modellers, mechanical engineers) to work on the Prosperity Partnership funded by EPSRC, an exciting new collaborative project between Tata Steel and strategic R&D partners the University of Warwick (WMG) and Swansea University (SU). 

Currently developing new steel alloys requires 100s of tonnes of materials, making trials slow and expensive. This Prosperity Partnership aims to develop a high throughput approach to the development of new steels and coating alloys (spanning academia and industry), targeting an order of magnitude increase in alloy discovery. This will allow for a much greater pace and creativity in the development of improved products for customers with applications in automotive, packaging, defence and construction, as well as in more rapid process developments such as the increased use of scrap metal in primary production. 

Acceleration of alloy discovery at a fundamental level will use a combinatorial approach to Rapid Alloy Prototyping (RAP) and the experimental facilities in the Advanced Steel Research Centre (ASRC) at WMG for generating targeted steel compositions, small-scale process simulation and property assessment. The work will compliment the modelling activities being undertaken, and provide samples to input into parallel work on oxidation studies and the effects of residual elements arising from scrap on processing and properties. To ensure that industrial innovation is also accelerated, the entire process will be validated by scaled-up pilot-plant trials through the Steel and Metals Institute (SAMI) at SU and industrial trials at Tata Steel. 

The combination of physical prototyping and computational modelling will provide a radical virtual factory approach which will transform the steel innovation cycle. 


If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£29,515). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,395).

Job Description

You will undertake research on Rapid Alloy Prototyping for Steel Innovation. You will assist the Principal Investigator and collaborating organisations (Tata Steel and Swansea University) in the successful execution of the research. The Department would expect the candidate to have grounding in one or more areas of materials science / metallurgy or manufacturing processes and a willingness and aptitude to understand the other contributing areas. 



1. To establish a sound research base within the Department in order to pursue individual and collaborative research of high quality consistent with making a full active research contribution to the Department in line with its research strategy. 

2. To validate the Rapid Alloy Processing (RAP) route for steels against commercial grades then to use the facility for the development of improved steels / processing routes. 

3. To support other researchers working on the Prosperity Partnership in producing samples and data related to steel development and processing. 

4. To secure, in collaboration with colleagues as appropriate, external funding through research grants or contracts to support a developing research agenda. 

5. To manage research projects within the University, which includes supervising post-doctoral research assistant, research students, technical and other support staff engaged in research. 

6. To consider the value of research achievements within their potential commercial context and where appropriate and with the assistance of the Research Impact Services, take appropriate action to protect such research results by patent application or copyright to the potential benefit of the University. 

7. Where appropriate and expedient, to secure contract work to the benefit of (your) research activity and to provide resources to underpin this activity. 

8. To publish research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing and to publish and disseminate the result of research and scholarship in other reputable outlets. 

9. To identify and explore with the Department and the University any entrepreneurial opportunities which may arise and to ensure that intellectual property rights are protected for the benefit of the University and the researcher. 

10. To attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of the department. 

11. To contribute to the research plans developed by the Department, including providing such information as may be required by the Department to monitor the progress of each member of staff's research programme and to support the Department fully in the preparation of material required for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) or similar activities. 

12. To help draft research reports. 

Administration and Other Activities 

13. To undertake such specific departmental roles and management functions as may be reasonably required by the Head of Department. 

14. To attend departmental meetings and to participate (where necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University. 

15. To participate in relevant professional activities. 

16. To engage in continuous professional development. 

17. To undertake external commitments, which reflect well and enhance the reputation of the University. 

18. To ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work. 

The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. The post holder will be required to be flexible in their duties. 

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1 
Honours degree, 2.1 or above in a relevant field, e.g. materials science, metallurgy or manufacturing (a)

Essential Criteria 2 
Possession of a PhD in a relevant discipline (a)

Essential Criteria 3 
Strong grounding in one or more areas of materials science, metallurgy or manufacturing processes and a willingness / aptitude to understand the other areas (a), (c), (d)

Essential Criteria 4 
Excellent experimental skills, ideally with experience of steel processing (casting, rolling, heat treatment) and characterisation (composition analysis, SEM, EBSD, mechanical property measurements) (a), (c)

Essential Criteria 5 
Understanding of the relationship between composition, processing, microstructure and properties in steels - modelling / predictive capability an advantage (a), (c)

Essential Criteria 6 
Ability or potential to publish excellent work in relevant fields (a), (c)

Essential Criteria 7 
Good effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and training skills (a), (c)

Essential Criteria 8 
Good interpersonal skills (a), (c)

Essential Criteria 9 
Ability to work independently and as part of a team on research programmes (a), (c), (d)

Essential Criteria 10 
Ability to initiate, plan organise, implement and deliver programmes of work to tight deadlines (a), (c), (d)

Essential Criteria 11 
Competency in IT and familiarity with a computerised environment (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 12 
A range of Quantitative and/or Qualitative research skills (a), (c)

Essential Criteria 13 
Evidence of quality research output from experienced candidates or strong research potential from less experienced candidates (a), (c)

Desirable Criteria 1 
Proven experience in Higher Education (a), (c)

Desirable Criteria 2 
Ability to initiate, develop and deliver high quality research and to publish in peer reviewed journals (a), (c)

Desirable Criteria 3 
A developing track record in producing high quality academic publications (a), (c)

Desirable Criteria 4 
Ability or potential to generate external funding (grants, contracts etc.) to support research projects (a), (c)

Desirable Criteria 5 
Ability to write research reports and papers in styles accessible to both academic and policy audiences (a), (c)

Further Particulars
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars . 

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website . 

Right to work in the UK 

If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/ or are seeking sponsorship under Tier 2 of the UK points-based immigration system 
please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship under Tier 2. 

Project Background: 

Tata Steel (TS) directly employs 8000 people in the UK, with circa 30,000 more in the supply chain. In 2015, steel is contributed £3.7billion the national economy. In 2017 TS sold directly into 200 customers in the UK and indirectly into over 1000 through stockists. Steel is a ubiquitous material; if something does not contain steel it is very likely that it will have been made using steel. Many of the advancements in construction, automotive, aerospace and defence have been supported by novel steel grades with enhanced and tailored properties. 

Tata Steel (TS) have named Swansea (SU) and Warwick (WMG) Universities as strategic academic partners creating two UK research and innovation hubs with shared staff at both sites. This tripartite relationship has the shared goal of rapidly creating impact through new, high value products, improved processes and greater supply chain integration. TS, and its previous incarnations in the UK have been closely collaborating with SU for >30 years and with WMG for >12 years. During that time, researchers have worked on almost every aspect of the steel manufacturing process from raw materials & iron production, through to advanced coatings & in service durability. 

Researchers have supported TS's drive to deliver on customer requirements across the automotive, construction, domestic goods & packaging sectors and to expand process capability at its UK manufacturing facilities. At Warwick, the Advanced Steel Research Centre (ASRC) was constructed and equipped as part of a £14.5M award from EPSRC. The centre hosts experimental facilities enabling research into processing technologies and steel grade development from gas-liquid iron reactions, in-situ observation of steel solidification, production of new steels, thermo-mechanical simulations and a characterisation and microscopy suite. Crucially, a recent £0.9M EPSRC award supports a suite of equipment underpinning rapid thermo-mechanical analysis to simulate manufacturing conditions In Swansea, the Steel and Metals Institute (SaMI) was announced in the spring of 2017, supported by a £4M investment by the Welsh Government and Swansea University. SaMI is the precursor to a £30M capital investment from the Swansea City deal to create a National Steel Innovation Centre opening in 2020. TS have transferred £9.8M of their large research and pilot scale equipment to SU. This commitment to future collaboration is underpinned by the proposed co-location of 45 TS researchers by 2020 at SU to work on higher TRL level activities within the facilities. This coupled with the facilities at SU (rapid alloy manufacture, mechanical testing modelling and scale up) and with open access to the steel plant, provides the team with the tools and expertise needed to create and upscale new steel products and to develop methodologies for continued innovations in alloy discovery covering the breadth of TRLs. 

Critically, the Prosperity Partnership will provide the scientific insight and understanding through TRL1-3 research in rapid alloy prototyping & process development through existing facilities where promising new alloys can be identified and assessed in detail before higher TRL studies using scale up facilities located at Swansea University (SaMI), WMG (ASRC) and of course, the steel plants. 




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Closing Date
18 Nov 2018