Research Assistant / Associate in Modelling Composite Materials

Imperial College London Department of Aeronautics

United Kingdom

Job summary

Do you have a background in mechanics of high-performance light-weight composites? We have an opportunity for you to help improving the performance of composite materials and structures, which will benefit all applications of composites from aerospace to offshore wind turbines to sporting equipment! NextCOMP, funded by the EPSRC as part of a joint programme with the University of Bristol, will provide the scientific basis and fundamental...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01295
  • Date posted 10 June 2020
  • Closing date 12 July 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £35,477 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Aeronautics
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

Do you have a background in mechanics of high-performance light-weight composites? We have an opportunity for you to help improving the performance of composite materials and structures, which will benefit all applications of composites from aerospace to offshore wind turbines to sporting equipment!

NextCOMP, funded by the EPSRC as part of a joint programme with the University of Bristol, will provide the scientific basis and fundamental methodologies to improve the compressive response of current composites, which is often the most limiting factor when designing composite structures. Under compression, composites suffer a range of failure mechanisms that interact in a complicated way across several length-scales; NextCOMP will therefore develop and embed new constituents and architectures at every length-scale of the composite to improve compressive properties and delay compressive failure. This will lead to not only commercial opportunities, but society and the environment will also benefit from the improved performance, safety and environmental sustainability in a variety of contexts.

Duties and responsibilities

    • You will design, prototype and test novel ply-level bio-inspired systems for preventing, postponing, diffusing, controlling, deflecting or arresting damage in polymer composites under compression
    • You are expected to ‘take ‘ownership’ of a key workpackage (“Designed ply-level systems”), by proactively driving the scientific developments therein, and by communicating positively with all key working relationships to ensure this workpackage produces the best possible outcome in a timely manner
    • You will disseminate your results in international conferences and publish them in high-quality journals.

Essential requirements

You must have, a PhD (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautics, Materials Science, or a closely related discipline, with an emphasis on mechanics of polymer composite materials.

You must also meet the following criteria 

  • Have detailed knowledge of polymer composite materials and Solid Mechanics.
  • Essential experience includes:
    • analysis of composite materials using Finite Element and/or mathematical modelling using high-level programming languages (Matlab, Python) and
    • experimental mechanics of composites (manufacturing, testing, characterising, monitoring)

Further information

This is a full time, fixed-term position until 31st Dec 2024.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please visit our website using the provided link for more information about the post and the application process.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Prof. Silvestre Pinho (silvestre.pinho@imperial.ac.uk) or Prof. Emile Greenhalgh (e.greenhalgh@imperial.ac.uk).

Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Ms Lisa Kelly by email to l.kelly@imperial.ac.uk

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk Please ensure that you include the job reference number in any correspondence

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA),which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/


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