Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Early Stage Researcher Post in Multiscale Composite Material Damage Modelling

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Location: University Park
Salary: £27,856 to £35,018 per annum in accordance with the EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie financial guidelines for this scheme

Applications are invited to work with Dr Savvas Triantafyllou and Prof. Ian Ashcroft as part of a European-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Industrial Doctorate (EID) Network, “SAFE-FLY”. Successful applicants will also register for a PhD at the University of Nottingham.

Composite materials are being extensively implemented into various engineering applications, e.g. in the aerospace industry, due to their enhanced mechanical properties such as high strength to weight ratio, high stiffness to weight ratio and high damping amongst others. Simulation of damage processes pertaining to composites is a challenging task as a series of phenomena needs to be numerically addressed, i.e., crack initiation, crack propagation and delamination/debonding. The mere fact that the aforementioned initiate and evolve across different length scales renders standard simulation procedures computationally taxing to be used in real-life applications.

This research project aims on establishing an accurate, robust and efficient method for simulating damage propagation in composites within a multiscale simulation setting. The PhD programme contains a training element, which includes research work as well as traditional taught material. The exact nature of the training will be mutually agreed by the student and their supervisors. The graduate programmes at the Faculty of Engineering provide a variety of appropriate training courses.

Candidates must be in possession of (or expected to obtain) a first class or a 2:1 (MEng or MSc) degree in civil/mechanical engineering, applied mathematics/physics or a relevant discipline, have excellent analytical skills and a solid background in computational mechanics. Candidates should be proficient in Matlab. Programming skills in Fortran and/or C++ are also welcome. Good written and verbal communication skills are also essential.

Candidates will also be required to meet the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria: ( In particular, at the time of appointment candidates must have had less than four years full-time equivalent research experience and must not have already obtained a PhD. Additionally, they must not have resided in the (host country) UK for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the appointment.

This full-time post will be available from March 2017 and is offered on a fixed-term 36 month contract. The post benefits from a highly competitive and attractive salary, plus mobility and family allowances as applicable.

The University of Nottingham values diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity. The University holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing women's careers in science. You can read more about what this means at:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Savvas Triantafyllou ( or Dimitrios Chronopoulos ( Formal applications must be made through the University’s online application system.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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