Research Assistant / Associate in Design, modelling and optimization of aeronautical composite structures

Imperial College London - Department of Aeronautics

Research Assistant: £31,740 - £33,370 per annum

Research Associate: £36,070 – £43,350 per annum

Fixed Term appointment for up to 12 months

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university. The Faculty of Engineering, consistently rated among the best in the world, is made up of 10 academic departments and is committed to increasing its research activity by focusing on engineering-led multidisciplinary growth areas that target a number of global challenges. 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. You can find out more about our staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements and our excellent professional development opportunities, here:

The Department of Aeronautics research covers a very broad spectrum of topics, with a strong partnership between computation and experimentation, and strong links with industry. The applicant for this post will work within the Structural Health Monitoring group funded by CleanSky2 project SHERLOC.

The aim of this post is to investigate and develop advanced finite element techniques for the design and optimisation of composite structures following the building block approach. The candidate must have a good undergraduate degree/ MSc (or equivalent) in engineering with focus on composites and finite element modelling for appointment at Research Assistant level and a PhD (or equivalent) in engineering or a closely related discipline for Research Associate level.

Applicants should have a strong experience in finite element method, modelling damage in composites, optimisation algorithms for composite components and advanced programing skills as well as good communication skills (including report writing and oral presentation).

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Zahra Sharif Khodaei at and Professor M.H. Aliabadi

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 EN20160419AM. Further information is also available on the job description.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Ms Lisa Kelly at

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