Research Associate

Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Associate of outstanding calibre and promise to conduct research on a European funded project entitled ‘Intelligent data-driven pipeline for the manufacturing of certified metal parts through Direct Energy Deposition processes (INTEGRADDE).' The primary focus of the proposed research is to develop and assess the performance of regular and optimised structural components manufactured via...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01182
  • Date posted 21 January 2020
  • Closing date 18 February 2020

Job description

Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Associate of outstanding calibre and promise to conduct research on a European funded project entitled ‘Intelligent data-driven pipeline for the manufacturing of certified metal parts through Direct Energy Deposition processes (INTEGRADDE).'


The primary focus of the proposed research is to develop and assess the performance of regular and optimised structural components manufactured via Directed Energy Deposition (DED) technologies for construction-scale applications.

The researcher will be expected to:

  • Test, analyse and characterise the metallurgy and mechanical behaviour of 3D printed metals
  • Examine the geometric variability and response of 3D printed metal structural elements
  • Investigate the link between production parameters and sequence on the residual stresses and geometrical imperfections in formed objects
  • Develop, validate and exploit through parametric studies nonlinear numerical simulations of the structural response of 3D printed metal elements
  • Develop protocols and rules for the safe design of 3D printed metal structures

The work will be conducted under the supervision of Professor Leroy Gardner.

This is a fixed term appointment until the 30th April 2021. Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

Duties and responsibilities


  • The successful candidate will plan and carry out research in accordance with the project aims, including undertaking experimental, analytical and design studies, generating results, interpreting their implications and maintaining accurate and complete records of all findings.

  • To write progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination, giving the successful candidate the opportunity to present research findings to colleagues and at conferences.

  • To interact with a wide range of people, including technical staff in the structures laboratories, and other staff and students 

Essential requirements


  • A PhD or equivalent in structural engineering as well as an excellent honours degree in civil engineering or a related subject, or equivalent experience.

  • A relevant engineering background, a very strong understanding of structural behaviour, and previous experience of using relevant software (ABAQUS, Python, Matlab).

  • Prior knowledge and experience on advanced experimental techniques such as laser scanning and DIC.

  • The ability to carry out experimental laboratory work on structural members, is essential, together with using and developing appropriate mathematical and computer models for structural analysis and design.

Further information

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Professor Leroy Gardner at Leroy.Gardner@imperial.ac.uk


Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please click ‘apply’ below or go to https://www.imperial.ac.uk/job-applicants/ and search using reference number ENG01182. 
Further information about the post is available in the job description.


Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Briony Webb at b.webb@imperial.ac.uk

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