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Lead Modeling Scientist @ Novelis Global Research and Technology Center, Kennesaw, GA, USA

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Job Description Requisition Title:Lead Modeling Scientist Job Number::180108JL Schedule:Full-time Primary Location:USA-GA-Kennesaw Organization:Global R&T Job Type:Standard Job:Research & Development Introduction about the BusinessNovelis is the leading producer of flat-rolled aluminum products and the world’s largest recycler of aluminum. We work alongside our customers to provide innovative solutions to the beverage can, automotive and high-end specialty markets; and we serve some of the largest and best-known brands in the world, such as Coca-Cola, ABInBev, The Ford Motor Company, Jaguar LandRover, LG and Samsung. Operating an integrated network of technically advanced rolling and recycling facilities across North America, South America, Europe and Asia, Novelis leverages its global manufacturing and recycling footprint to deliver consistent, high-quality products around the world. A commitment to sustainability is core to our business operations and extends to how we partner with stakeholders across the aluminum value chain. We see tremendous opportunities in continuing to expand the use of lightweight, infinitely recyclable aluminum to help our customers achieve their sustainability goals and provide consumers the environmentally friendly products they enjoy.DescriptionThe Lead Modeling Scientist is a key member of Novelis’ global core R&D organization, taking a leading role in the development and deployment of multiscale and multiphysics materials modeling capability within Novelis to accelerate new product and process development, and discovery projects. A major focus is bridging microstructural length scales, as applied to Novelis’ products and their manufacturing processes to develop a deeper understanding of microstructure – property – product performance relationship. This largely involves application of physics based approaches like large scale crystal plasticity finite element modeling and data driven approaches like machine learning to develop high throughput models of aluminum sheet products for the automotive, beverage and specialty markets. Working closely with metallurgists, product and process engineers and application engineers at the customer solution centers the successful applicant will apply their modeling expertise to a variety of technical challenges related to industrial sheet metal production and the forming of complex manufactured products. By taking advantage of the substantial laboratory testing and characterization facilities and pilot-scale equipment at the center, they will have the ability to gather critical materials inputs for their models as well as to test their ideas under close to real-world conditions, before scale-up to Novelis plants or customer operations. There will be opportunity to travel, to collaborate with external partners, colleagues in Novelis’ plants, regional research and technology centers and customer solution centers around the globe, and to directly support customers. The role will involve working in and leading multi-disciplinary teams to combine modeling with experimental work for maximum impact on the speed and depth of our materials research. The role provides significant potential for technical growth and a real chance to impact the future success of Novelis’ global businesses.Responsibilities:

  • Act as company-wide subject matter expert for multiscale and multiphysics materials modeling in support of global R&D projects.
  • Establish advanced materials modeling of sheet metal components within Novelis to provide capability which will guide and accelerate its transformational goals.
  • Define and lead projects to develop and apply advanced models to address critical product and process development challenges.
  • Partner with wide range of other internal specialists, e.g., in product metallurgy, rolling process, integrated computational materials modeling and manufacturing.
  • Establish and lead supporting partnerships with universities and other external organizations.
  • Support wider adoption and application of modeling tools amongst other specialists.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop associated experimental programs which provide supporting data or understanding critical to model development.


    • PhD in mechanical, metallurgy, metallurgical engineering or materials science/engineering.
    • Minimum typical experience of 5-7 years in multiscale and multiphysics modeling after PhD completion gained in industrial R&D or in partnership with industry.
    • Candidates will have experience in the use of LS-DYNA, Abaqus, ANSYS, Comsol or other well-known commercial FE software, as well as in some of the following:
      • Large scale crystal plasticity finite element modeling e.g., DAMASK
      • Multiphysics modeling e.g., fully and sequentially coupled thermo – electro – mechanical – magnetic analysis and computational fluid.
      • Programming languages, e.g., FORTRAN, C, C++, VB, Python, R.
      • FE Pre/post processors, user subroutines.
      • Machine learning e.g., symbolic regression
    • Applicants are particularly sought who combine strong modeling capabilities with specialized capabilities in the following example areas:
      • Mechanical behavior of metals, in particular forming, texture evolution, damage and fracture of aluminum alloys;
      • Metallurgy of aluminum alloys;
      • Use of experiments to validate models and analysis of the data;
      • Advanced models for the mechanical behavior of metallic materials and their use in FE simulations.
    • Direct or collaborative experience in experimental validation of computational models
    • Experience in application of data science methods to complement physically-based approaches would be an advantage.
    • Technical leadership experience in R&D setting with demonstration of good project management skills.
    • Broad science and engineering background and ability to connect knowledge across multiple disciplines.
    • Capability to thrive in team environment, communicate well, and to engage and influence wide variety of stakeholders throughout organization.
    • International outlook and desire to travel to other Novelis or customer locations.


 Facilities, Amenities or Infrastructure:The Novelis Global Research & Technology Center (NGRTC) is located in Kennesaw, Georgia, and serves as the global hub for Novelis’ extensive research and development activities. This location serves as the central point for all of Novelis’ technical activities worldwide, including R&D, engineering, and environmental, health and safety. Areas of Focus: - Automotive – Testing of formability, surface treatments, tailoring methods, assembly, process speed and stability, metallurgy, recycling, cleaning, pre-treatment, bonding, joining and modeling - Beverage Cans – Fundamental research, enabling development, product and process innovation, technical assistance and analytical services and engineering, design and modeling services for can forming, full can pilot line - Specialties – Testing of durability, heat transfer, design flexibility, surface finishes, weight and strength, cost, lifecycle carbon footprint, recycling, cleaning and pre-treatment - Rolling – Plant problem solving, assessment of global standards, training innovation, pilot rolling facility and modeling Site Capabilities: - Materials development and testing laboratories - Beverage can production pilot line - Hot and Cold aluminum rolling mill - Surface treatment pilot line for finishing automotive aluminum sheet Last Date of Application:Ongoing

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