Research Associate in Modelling composite materials

Job summary

Do you have a background in modelling and designing high-performance, light weight composites?

The Composites, Adhesives & Soft Solids Research Group seek a researcher to improve 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, designed with a new modelling framework, in order 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 develop mathematical and numerical models to predict and explain the mechanical response of composites under compressive loading, at all relevant length-scales, and considering a variety of existing and conceptual constituents and architectures.
  • You will use modelling to identify why existing composite materials and structures have limited compressive properties, and interact with a multidisciplinary team to propose new constituents and architectures to develop the next generation of high-performance composites.
  • You will disseminate your results in international conferences and publish them in high-quality journals.

Essential requirements

  • You should have, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautics, Materials Science, or a closely related discipline, with an emphasis on mechanical modelling of composite materials.
  • Essential experience will include analysis of composite materials using Finite Element and/or mathematical modelling.
  • You will have detailed knowledge of Composite materials and Solid Mechanics.
  • You should have experience of using the coding languages MatLab and/or Python.

Further information

This is a fixed term position for up to 2 years in the first instance. We anticipate that this role will start in August 2022.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 – £39,888 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.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

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