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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


Research Fellow: Synchrotron Imaging and Machine Learning Control of Additive Manufacturing

Department :
Mechanical Engineering
Location :
The Research Complex at Harwell, Harwell, Oxfordshire
Full time
Salary :
£32,817 - £40,322 per annum
Application Deadline :
1 Aug 2021

Duties and Responsibilities

UCL Mechanical Engineering is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to be based at Harwell Campus. The position is available from 1st Sept 2021 and funded for two years with a possible extension.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCL has an outstanding international reputation in research on energy and the environment, marine engineering and naval architecture and engineering for medical applications, with strong research collaborations with industry and universities in the UK, North America, Asia and the Far East and has excellent research and teaching facilities.

Your role will be to develop new alloys and processing methods for Additive Manufacturing, with a focus on blown powder DED. You will do this using ultra-fast synchrotron X-ray and correlative imaging, gaining novel insights into advanced powder processes. You will use these to informing and validating computer simulations and control algorithms, developing new processes and materials.

You will work closely with Rolls-Royce plc, and the academic and industrial collaborators from the UK’s Hub for Manufacturing using Advanced Powder Processes ( The goal will be to develop novel materials, techniques and control algorithms that achieve highly repeatable properties in primarily metal AM components.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic group of academics, beamline scientists, post-docs and PhD students using in situ synchrotron X-ray and neutron techniques to study advanced materials and their processing. The group, led by Prof. Lee and Dr. Leung, is based in the Research Complex at Harwell ( on the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, the UK’s largest site for national laboratories, including the UK’s synchrotron light source, Diamond ( and ISIS Neutron Source.

This post is funded for 24 months in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The post holder will have a PhD qualification awarded for research and extensive knowledge and expertise in materials, engineering or science, ideally with experience in additive manufacturing and synchrotron x-ray imaging and/or diffraction. Your expertise should be at a level appropriate for the conduct of research and publishing new knowledge in leading international research journals. The post-holder will need to show a high level of initiative and an ability to work collaboratively and independently.

Applicants should have good team-working skills and a strong command of English. Ideally, you would also have a proven track record in additive manufacturing, synchrotron imaging in real or reciprocal space, machine learning and image processing.

Further Details

For a full job description and to apply, click here. 

If you wish to discuss the post informally, please contact Professor Peter Lee at email address:

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact

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