Research Associate in Improving Aero Turbine Designs

Imperial College London

United Kingdom


Job Summary

The Dynamics group is looking to hire a Research Associate to develop a new test environment for aeroengine turbine blades, in order to ultimately inform the next generation of turbine design. We are home to the Rolls Royce Vibration UTC, specialising in turbomachinery, studying a range of vibration and wave phenomena within fluids and structures.

This project is funded by Innovate UK and will allow the successful candidate to develop their contacts through Academic and Industrial partners and will aid the progression of their career within aeronautical design, specifically in modelling non-linear dynamic behaviours of aero engines.

Duties and Responsibilities

    • Your main responsibility will be the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of a test facility to study the non-linear dynamic behaviours of turbine blade on non-rotating test rig under realistic loading conditions.
    • You will develop improved nonlinear dynamic simulation techniques for frictional joints in the turbine disc assembly to predict the non-linear dynamic response of such assemblies correctly.
    • You will be involved in the development of the dynamics group, including involvement in PhD supervision and publishing in high quality journals.

Essential Requirements

    • ­You must have (or be close to completing) a PhD in a relevant discipline, or have equivalent experience in a research, industrial or commercial sector.
    • You should also have a first-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a pertinent area (e.g. Mathematics, Physics or Mechanical Engineering).
    • It is essential that you have experience in test rig design, and in working in a laboratory environment.
    • You will have an excellent background in Dynamics and Vibration.

Further Information

This is a fixed term position for up to 36 months, with a maximum end date of the 31st August 2022.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £34,397 - £37,486 per annum.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr Christoph Schwingshackl at

Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please click “APPLY NOW” to go through to the online application form. Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Miss Helen Stoneham at

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