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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Solidification Process

Salary (R1 Grade): £ 30,619 to £40,349 pa incl. London Weighting

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) of the BCAST Department at Brunel University London. The position is for 3 years and the starting salary will be between £30,619 and £40,349 including London Allowance, depending on qualifications, experience and research track record.

BCAST is a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). Our research covers fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing.

We seek outstanding candidates for postdoctoral research in solidification process modelling, with a focus on computational fluid dynamics. The successful candidate will work on the development and numerical implementation of mathematical models to simulate fluid flow and the relevant phenomena, such as particle dispersion and macrosegregation, during melt conditioning and casting processes.

The candidate is expected to have a strong background in mathematical modelling and particularly in computational fluid dynamics. Experience with commercial  software packages, such as FLUENT is essential. Experience in computer programming, cluster computing, operating systems and engineering software packages is highly desired. The candidate is also expected to be willing to interact with team members, contribute to their future and ongoing projects, and to offer support and assistance with the services of high performance computing at the VEC.

The successful candidates should have a PhD in metallurgy, mechanical engineering or a related field of science or engineering. The ability to work in a team and having good communication skills are essential. Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof. H. Assadi at

Closing date for applications:  27 December 2016

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Salary (Grade): £ 28 218 to £ 32 341 pa incl. London Weighting

BCAST is a specialist research centre in the field of solidification and casting of metallic materials, with a strong international reputation. BCAST has expanded rapidly, and has a strategic plan for further growth and increasing industrial engagement for R&D. BCAST is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Hub); has recently opened the purpose-built Advanced Metals Casting Centre (AMCC) housing large scale metal casting/processing facilities for conducting applied research with industrial partners; and is currently creating the Advanced Metals Processing Centre (AMPC) as a second phase of its large scale facilities. The Technician positions will play a key role in the effective running of the Advanced Metal Casting Centre facility.

Technician 1 - job ref: HBE0004-1

To work as an integral member of the AMCC Facility within BCAST to generate world-class knowledge in solidification science, especially related to industrial scale processes. The role will play a key part in maintaining the AMCC facility as a showroom for new metals processing. The role will supervise all technical areas in order to support programmes by providing a safe environment and to assist in the development of new, innovative and sustainable technologies. The role will be responsible for maintaining and operating a range of metal processing equipment to support applied research programmes. The following experience would be an advantage:

Experience with hot processing equipment

Experience in molten metal

Experience on large scale / industrial equipment

Maintenance skills in electrical / mechanical / hydraulic systems

Technician 2 - job ref: HBE0005-1

The technician will be an integral member of a small team who together will work closely to maintain the whole AMCC1 facility as a “showroom” of casting technology and will take responsibility for maintaining it to agreed, as new standards. The activities required to achieve this will be carried out in accordance with the safety, environmental and quality procedures of Brunel University and specific schedules for AMCC1. The technician will be working as a member of a project team where accuracy, team working and responsiveness are important attributes. The technician will participate in applied research programmes and lead the net shape casting activity for the project team. Experience in the treatment, handling and casting of non-ferrous alloys is required.

Completed application documents, including a covering letter quoting the Job reference, application form, full CV, and names and contacts of 3 referees should be sent to Human Resources, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH, UK.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr S.A. Butler (Head of AMCC and AMPC) at

Closing date for applications:  14th December 2016

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*This position does not meet the criteria of a skilled job for Tier 2 sponsorship which has to be at least at NQF level 6.