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Materials Research Engineer

  • Sector: Power & Energy
  • Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 11/03/2019
  • Duration: permanent
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The Role:

Knowledge and practical experience of composite materials and processing are highly desired, particularly around glass and carbon fibre epoxy composites, sandwich structures and out-of-autoclave processing methods. Knowledge of sensor technologies and NDT, data processing and modelling would be beneficial.


Accountable to the Senior Materials Research Engineer for all technical aspects of the role:

* Ability to work under guidance but be a self-starter on both technical and administration aspects of the role.
* Ability to create novel concepts and solutions for technical problems.
* Personable and confident dealing with both external customers and internal personnel within the business.
* Ability to support projects to ensure on-time delivery for both public and private funders
* Manufacture of composites, manufacture of adhesive bonded test specimens
* Use FTIR, 3D optical microscope, ultrasonic thickness and other materials test and analysis equipment

Key Responsibilities

* Support the creation of public and privately funded research proposals on wind blade materials
* Delivery of tasks and work packages in commercially and publicly funded projects
* Support meetings with internal and external customers using technical knowledge and perform initial evaluation of project proposals
* Disseminate project outputs and research at academic and industry conferences and through publication of articles
* Support the R&DI team on composite manufacture, material property test methods and materials analysis techniques
* Support company business initiatives
* Write technical project and materials test reports
* Develop materials test programs

Authority & Decisions

Ability to work under light supervision, seeking authority on critical technical issues
Skills & Knowledge

* Relevant degree or equivalent in a suitable engineering/material science discipline;
* Knowledge of composite materials including manufacturing techniques, repair methods and failure modes is required
* Knowledge of adhesives chemistry, properties, application and test methods is highly desirable
* Knowledge of sensor technologies and NDT methods is highly desirable
* Highly computer literate - ability to use Microsoft packages, the ideal candidate would also have some capability in data processing and modelling
* Good oral and written communication skills - must be capable of writing detailed technical reports;
* Highly innovative and a good problem solver
* Good team player;
* Good presentation skills;
* Capable of working within tight timescales and budgets;
* Ability to deal with customer expectations and aspirations on project delivery:
* Some knowledge of international materials standardisation

Qualifications & Experience

* Educated to at least degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline.
* Evidence of problem solving capability
* Motivated and strong team player - working individually and supporting the Blades Research Team
* Excellent interpersonal skills.

Key Capabilities

* Knowledge of Composite materials and (Out of autoclave) processing techniques.
* A positive and flexible approach to work activities including travel to external meetings, test facilities etc outside of normal working hours.

About Fircroft:

Fircroft has been placing people in specialist technical industries for approaching half a century, focusing on mid to senior level engineers for contract and permanent roles worldwide. By applying for this job you give consent for Fircroft to contact you, via email & telephone, to discuss your application along with future positions and Fircroft's services.

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