In the framework of the DRIVECOMP project, and to accomplish its overall R&D strategy, the SC Unit is seeking a Lead Research & Technology Associate in the field of additive manufacturing of polymer composite materials.
A strong focus will be put on 3D printing of composites, especially Fused Filament Fabrication of thermoplastics reinforced with continuous and discontinuous fibres.
Nevertheless, the research scope includes other ground-breaking composites 3D-printing techniques coming to market as well as more traditional advanced composites manufacturing approaches as Automated Fibre Placement and Robotized Filament Winding.
The main purpose of the research is to leverage these additive manufacturing techniques to achieve novel ultra-lightweight structural composites that are highly tailored to specific applications in the aeronautical and automotive sectors, among others.
Behind these ultra-lightweight concepts is a long-term vision towards the development novel paradigms in sustainable mobility such as Urban Air Mobility.
As a Lead R&T Associate, you will collaborate with an existing team with strong skills on composites computational analysis to achieve efficient manufacturing processes and optimally-designed composite structures.
The coupling and integration of additive manufacturing processes is also in the scope the activities, in order to achieve complex additively manufactured parts such as ultra-lightweight sandwich structures which can accomplish multiple simultaneous design objectives such as load-bearing and crashworthiness.
In addition, you will collaborate with an existing team with expertise in engineering of composite material interfaces in the effort to implement approaches to improve the quality of additively manufactured parts and joining processes by means of interface adhesion enhancing processes.
Hence, the successful candidate should be a recognized researcher in the field of processing of thermoplastic and thermoset polymers and composites, including joining and assembly by means of laser / IR welding and adhesive bonding.
Your expertise should include the modelling of processes, as well as their optimization and of the produced composite parts.
In addition, you should have contributed decisively to the advancement of Additive Manufacturing of composites, in particular of 3D printing of fibre-reinforced polymers.
You should have an excellent academic background and a strong record of accomplishments regarding publications, patents and proposal writing and project management.
Experience with application-oriented research is considered a strong asset, including collaboration(s) with industry and transfer of RDI results to public and / or private partners.
Your mission as a Lead R&T Associate is :
Such efforts should be performed in strong collaboration with other members of the group, the unit and the department and will contribute to the development of Research & Technology activities in LIST.
Skills / Qualifications
Expertise with Automated Fibre Placement and Filament Winding processes is required
Robust knowledge of polymer science is required. Understanding of composites interface engineering is highly valued