Research Associate/Fellow

University of Nottingham - Engineering


University Park


£26,052 to £38,183 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £29301 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Closing Date: 

Monday 12 December 2016



Applications are invited for the above post based at University Park Campus, The University of Nottingham. 

The Nottingham Centre for Geo-mechanics (NCG) is undertaking a large multi-disciplinary project related to the assessment, monitoring, and risk analysis of slopes within open-pit lignite mines. NCG brings together expertise from the worlds of civil, geotechnical, and mining engineering as well as mathematics and material sciences to solve all forms of soil and rock-related design and construction problems. The project is funded by the European Commission Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) and includes project partners from across Europe. We seek a highly motivated researcher to join our team to work on this project.

The objectives of this project include the investigation of the stability and long-term behaviour of lignite mine spoil heaps and reclaimed ground. The research will use numerical modelling as well as an experimental testing programme on mechanical properties of spoil material and the response of spoil slopes. Researchers with experience in advanced laboratory testing are encouraged to apply. The candidate should have good working knowledge of soil mechanics, continuum mechanics, and constitutive modelling. A main role of the appointee will involve element testing and physical model experiments including the development of novel and bespoke equipment.

Candidates should be inquisitive, with a strong interest in applied research, and the personality and drive to interact effectively with industry and project partners. They will have a first degree in in an engineering discipline and will have been awarded a PhD (or have submitted their thesis for examination) in Civil or Mechanical Engineering (ideally in Geo/mechanics or Computational Mechanics). The successful candidate will have good presentation and report writing skills. 

This is full-time, fixed-term post for 14 months.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Alec Marshall, tel: 0115 951 3889 Or email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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