Airbus Chair in Composite Structures Simulation

Imperial College London - Department of Aeronautics

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university and its Faculty of Engineering is consistently rated among the best in the world. All of our academic departments are located on a single campus in South Kensington, giving a concentration of talent that creates a stimulating and vibrant research community.

The Department of Aeronautics has a reputation for excellence in both its teaching and research. It has consistently achieved the highest possible rating in all national assessments of research in Aeronautical Engineering.  In the most recent assessment exercise, the results of which were published in December 2014, we achieved the highest ranking for an aeronautics department with 46% of our research categorized as “world leading”.

In the field of Composite Structures the strengths of the Department lie in computational modelling and analysis, in experimental techniques, and in the combination of the two. The current areas of interest include test method development, impact and compression after impact, damage tolerance and notch sensitivity, buckling and post-buckling, crashworthiness of aircraft and automotive structures, fatigue, ‘smart’ composites, and structural health monitoring.

The Airbus Chair will expand the Department’s collaboration with Airbus engineering specialists who are developing the next generation of composite airframes and will help formulate the company’s strategy and research in simulation related to composite aircraft structures. The successful applicant will have an outstanding international reputation in research, development and/or exploitation of advanced finite element methods, as demonstrated through a strong publication and funding track record, for one or more of the following fields:

  • Virtual testing of composite structures including failure prediction
  • Simulation for design and optimisation of composite aircraft structures
  • Simulation of manufacturing processes and assembly of composite aircraft structures

In addition to the above the applicant must demonstrate excellent communication skills as the successful candidate will interact at a range of levels within Airbus to fully engage with the company and must also demonstrate the ability to develop research programmes to address the various aims of the company. To meet the full requirements of the role it is expected that the post holder will spend a proportion of their time at Airbus sites in the UK. Applicants must possess an honours degree (or equivalent experience) and a PhD (or equivalent) in Aeronautical Engineering (or in a related engineering discipline), or in Mathematics or Physics.

A competitive salary will be offered commensurate with the experience and reputation of the successful candidate.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Professor Ferri Aliabadi at

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please click ‘apply’ below or go to  (Select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed quoting reference number EN20160353AM.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Maria Monteiro, Senior Appointments Coordinator, e-mail,  telephone: +44 (0) 207 5945498.

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