Research Associate

Imperial College London - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research Associate* in the Mechanics of Materials Division

Salary in the range: £36,070- £43,350 per annum*

(Maximum salary on appointment will be £36,070 per annum)

Fixed-term appointment available for up to 12 months in the first instance

South Kensington Campus

The Mechanics of Materials Division wishes to appoint a Research Associate to conduct research into Mechanics of Soft Solid foods at Imperial College London.  More specifically, the project will be in investigation into the processing (rolling process) of potato dough.

The successful applicant will be joining a world-renowned research group, within one of the world’s foremost research universities. The Division has an excellent publication record in top rated research journals. We are well funded from many different grant bodies, including research councils and industry. This position is fully funded by PepsiCo which is one of the world's leading food and drink companies with a global portfolio of diverse and beloved brands.

The Research Associate will be involved in a project to establish the effect of processing (in the form of sheeting) on the potato dough rheology and microstructure. The latter are important parameters on the quality of the baked finished product. Finite Element Analysis will be utilised to develop a model of the process enabling the investigation of the effect of the processing parameters such as roll gap and speed on the deformation and stresses experienced by the dough (cellular material). A wide range of state of the art equipment is available in the group for supporting work including mechanical testing as well as a range of optical and electron microscopes. There are extensive computing facilities for large scale numerical simulations and software development, including several workstations and a multiprocessor computing cluster. The group also has access to the college’s High Performance Computing cluster for parallel computations. Full training and supervision will be given in all applicable techniques; furthermore the applicant is expected to work closely with the project sponsors.  It is a policy of the group that researchers are strongly encouraged to publish their work and present it at both national and international meetings.

Applicants will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in an area pertinent to the research subject i.e. Engineering and a first degree (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering or Physics.   They should also have a strong background in Modelling using Finite Element Analysis. 

Informal e-mail enquiries may be made to Dr Maria Charalambides at or +44(0) 20 7594 7246. 

Our preferred method of application is online.  Please click ‘apply’ below or go to (Select “Job Search” then enter the job title or EN20160369SA into “Keywords”).   Please complete and upload an application form as directed quoting reference number EN20160369SAyou must submit an application form for our posts along with a CV, if you do not fill in an application form, you will not be considered. 

*Candidates who have not been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistants within the salary range £31,740 - £33,370 per annum

Closing date: 10 November 2016 (midnight GMT)

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