Research Associate in the Mechanics of Materials Division

Imperial College London - Department of Mechanical Engineering

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 3 years in the first instance

South Kensington Campus

The Mechanics of Materials Division wishes to appoint a Research Associate to conduct research into the mechanics of paint coatings, in particular an investigation into the mechanisms of fatigue in viscoelastic multi-layer paint systems on wood.

The successful applicant will be joining a world-renowned research group, within one of the world’s foremost research universities. This position is fully funded by EPSRC and is part of a collaborative joint project with the School of Culture and Creative Arts at Glasgow University.

The Research Associate will be involved in a project whose aim is to establish how cyclic environmentally induced fatigue contributes to the cracking and delamination of the paint and the underlying preparation layers on wooden cultural heritage. The study focuses on panel paintings and the latest recommendations for environmental control within public collections to ascertain what effects they might have on the condition of these objects in their care. Finite Element Analysis and analytical fracture mechanics models will be utilised to develop a model of the fatigue cycling and therefore predict lifetime as a function of the environmental storage conditions for realistic laboratory samples as well as for real works of art. We have a wide range of state of the art equipment 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. We also have access to the college’s High Performance Computing cluster for parallel computations. Full training and supervision will be given in all applicable techniques. 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. A strong background on numerical methods, fracture mechanics and specifically in modelling using Finite Element Analysis is essential.

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 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 EN20160405SA. You must submit an application form for our posts along with a CV.

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

Closing date: 19 December 2016 (midnight GMT)

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