KTP Associate: Project Engineer

University of Liverpool


The Department of Materials Design and Manufacturing in the School of Engineering at the University of Liverpool is looking to appoint a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate (Project Engineer) to work in collaboration with Carpenter Additive. The current post is for a KTP Associate for a two-year project that seeks to provide Carpenter Additive with expertise in the development of new alloy materials for a critical component in the ConformTM extrusion process.

The objective is to consolidate waste/unused oversized Titanium alloy powders currently produced for additive manufacturing, into feed-stock rods by optimisation of the Conform¿ extrusion process as well as development and discovery of new materials for a key component `abutment¿, servicing under high-stress gradients at high-temperature and friction forces.

The successful applicant is expected to have experience relating powder metallurgy, mechanical testing and characterisation of alloys using advanced electron microscopy and x-ray scattering techniques. The Associate will need to be highly motivated, inquisitive, solution-driven and have a goal-oriented mindset. They must have the ability to design and conduct systematic scientific experiments in order to build expertise in facture mechanics and design of new alloys under high strain rate at high temperatures.  The project provides a challenging yet highly stimulating platform to enhance the Associates¿ skill sets.

The post is funded by the Innovate UK KTP scheme. You will work within an interdisciplinary team of researchers, working between Carpenter Additive and the University of Liverpool. The supervisory team will be Prof. Maulik Patel from the School of Engineering at the University, plus Dr Joseph Oluleke and Nick Weeks from Carpenter Additive.

The job is based at the company premises in Widnes, and you will be expected to integrate fully within Carpenter Additive. Alongside technical excellence, you will need to rise to the challenge of being part of a busy company, adopting a complete business/operational approach, which will be very focused on timelines and the achievement of goals.

You will be expected to spend around 25% of your time at the University of Liverpool to conduct materials characterisation and discussions as well as for some training. The time at the University will be spread out over the 24-month project period.

This position is fixed term for 2 years.

The University has the right to close the vacancy early if it is deemed that there have been enough applications received.

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