14/03/2019
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Two Early Stage Researcher positions in the EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN project “MATHEGRAM” in the field of Selective Laser Sintering


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Salerno
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringChemical engineering
    EngineeringProcess engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    27/05/2019 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Italy › Fisciano
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/07/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    813202

MATHEGRAM - Multiscale Analysis of Thermomechanical Behaviour of Granular Materials

MATHEGRAM is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by EU through H2020 MARIE SKLODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS, and aims to improve our understanding of the thermomechanical behaviour of granular materials (website: www.mathegram.eu). MATHEGRAM will deliver a timely, concerted research and training programme to 15 early stage researchers, and brings together a multi-disciplinary and inter-sectorial consortium consisting of 10 beneficiaries (i.e. full partners), and 5 partner organisations. The MATHEGRAM vision is to develop robust numerical models and novel experimental techniques that can predict the performance and measure the properties of granular materials at different temperatures, so that they can be effectively used in various industries.

At the University of Salerno, Department of Industrial Engineering two 3-year ESR positions are available to work on two MATHEGRAM projects in the area of Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) of powders. SLS is an additive manufacturing technique that constructs three dimensional objects by adding powder and sintering it layer by layer, and involves selective sintering the particles arranged on a planar thin layer with a laser beam:

ESR9 - The effect of temperature on powder flowability and spreadability for additive manufacturing

In the project, the effect of temperature on powder flow properties with special application to the selective laser sintering (SLS) process will be studied. Powder flow properties will be measured using special apparatuses recently developed at the University of Salerno. The ESR will contribute in the development of an experimental set-up to reproduce the powder layering procedure in a commercial SLS machine equipped with sensors to monitor the powder spreading process. The outcome of the project will be a full set of experimental tools able to correlate the powder flow properties at high temperatures with the final bed properties and the mechanical characteristics of sintered artefacts.

Secondments: Johnson Matthey (UK, 3 months) and University of Surrey (UK, 6 months).

 

ESR11 - Heat transfer in selective laser sintering

In the project, the heat transfer and melting processes during SLS will be studied by using a custom-built SLS 3D printing device developed at the University of Salerno. The temperature distribution profiles of the laser illuminated spot will be related to the main process parameters, such as the laser speed, the laser power and the powder consolidation level. The thermal conduction in the powder bed will be quantitatively examined. The specimens produced in these experiments will be examined to understand melting and sintering at the grain scale.

Secondments: Airbus Defence and Space GmbH (DE, 6 months) and Centre Internacional de Mètodes Numèrics a l’Enginyeria (ES, 3 months)

The two Early Stage Researchers will have access to the 3-year PhD doctoral program in Industrial Engineering (curriculum in Chemical Engineering), resulting in a PhD degree awarded by the University of Salerno.

Contact for additional details: informal enquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Prof. Massimo Poletto (mpoletto@unisa.it) and Prof. Diego Barletta (dbarletta@unisa.it)

Benefits

  • Full-time employment for 36 months;
  • Very favourable remuneration according to EU standards (Gross EU contribution: Living allowance €40.966,56 per year + mobility allowance €7200 per year + family allowance €6000 per year for researchers having a family). Please note that the net salary will be subject to deduction of all compulsory (employer /employee) social security contributions (about 35% of the gross allowance).
  • Starting date: 1st July 2019 or soon after

Eligibility criteria

These vacancies are open to all nationals, including candidates from non-EU countries, who meet the following criteria:

  • Must be ‘early-stage researchers’, i.e. at the date of recruitment (the date on which their employment on the project starts) be in the first four years (fulltime equivalent research experience) of their research careers. 'Full-time equivalent research experience' is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or from where he/she is seconded) – even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.
  • Have not been awarded a doctoral degree (PhD candidates under 4 years of registration and before completion may apply)
  • Have resided or carried out their main activity in Italy for less than 12 months (cumulative) in the three years prior to their appointments.
  • Proficiency in English.

Selection process

The selection procedure is based on documental qualifications (publications, academic, professional and scientific qualifications) and interview.

The interview will take place in English and will have the purpose to evaluate the candidate ability to perform the research tasks of the projects, as well as to ascertain their presentation skills and their level of proficiency in English.

Additional comments

Summary in English of the official call is available here: https://web.unisa.it/uploads/rescue/67/1930/doc04980120190313114251.pdf

Complete official call in Italian is available here: https://web.unisa.it/uploads/rescue/67/1929/doc04980220190313114306.pdf

Web site for additional job details

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringChemical engineering
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringProcess engineering
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent
    Chemistry: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

Key duties will include:

  • Investigate powder flowability with standardized and dedicated equipment (ESR9);
  • Calibrate mathematical models using experimental data (ESR9);
  • Investigate heat generation and transfer in SLS Process (ESR11);
  • Model heat generation and transfer in powder beds (ESR11);
  • Perform novel research under the supervision of academic and industrial supervisors;
  • Write technical reports periodically for internal and external dissemination;
  • Participate in the activities of the MATHEGRAM programme: attending network training events, collaborating with MATHEGRAM partners and researchers;
  • Participate in the training activities of the Ph.D. course in Industrial Engineering of the University of Salerno;
  • Undertake secondments to MATHEGRAM partners for research and training purposes;
  • To take initiatives in the research planning and work as an independent researcher.

Specific Requirements

Candidates showing the following experiences/abilities will be positively evaluated:

  • Experience in experimental characterization of powder flow properties (ESR9) and of thermal properties of materials (ESR11);
  • Experience in Discrete Element Method (DEM) modelling and in computer programming;
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team;
  • Experience in data analysis, interpretation and management, as well as writing technical reports and scientific papers.

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University of Salerno
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I-84084
Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132

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