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Research Associate in Metallurgy and Microscopy

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Location: South Kensington campus

Contract: Full-Time, Fixed Term contract for 24 months

Job Summary

We are looking for a Research Associate to join the research group of Professor David Dye (

The project concerns the micromechanics and degradation mechanisms of jet engine titanium alloys for civil fans and compressors using probe corrected (S)TEM, atom probe microscopy and related mechanical testing, alloy and process development. It follows on from our highly successful work on dwell fatigue and its investigation using SEM-ESBD, FIB machining and the examination of the dislocation structures associated with fatigue and fatigue crack initiation.

We have recently (2021-3) been through a renewal cycle in our microscopy capability, with new Plasma FIB-SIMS, new cryo-PFIB and two new Ga FIBs, a new SEM, two new TEMs including with EELS and 4DSTEM detectors, and an atom probe microscopy facility.

The Research Associate will be responsible for contributing to a high-quality research programme involving electron microscopy and atom probe microscopy, primarily around the development of conventional titanium alloys. Collaborations with the other partners in the research programme will be the main route for mechanical testing and alloy development.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be responsible for contributing to a high-quality research programme involving a range of advanced electron microscopy and microanalysis techniques. These include SEM-EBSD, FIB milling, (S)TEM and atom probe microscopy.

Essential requirements

You will have a strong research track record in the development of (S)TEM and electron microscopy more generally, will be able to demonstrate an ability to understand and perform microscopy on the deformation structures in metallic materials, as well as physical metallurgy.

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet officially been awarded their PhD will be appointed initially at Research Associate (with a salary range of £40,694 to £43,888).

Further information about the role can be obtained from Professor David Dye ([email protected]).

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to: Mrs Darakshan Khan ([email protected]).

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The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

Closing date: 3 August 2023

To apply, visit and search by the job reference: ENG02697.

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