Research Assistant (Non-linear Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity)

Swansea University

This is a fixed term position for 12 months from 01/08/2017 until 31/07/2018 

The College of Engineering is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to work on an ambitious one year project funded by the EPSRC on Stochastic nonlinear aeroelastic models subject to unsteady loads. The project has a focus on joint model identification for wing/pylon attachment and its application in Aeroelasticity.

The objective of this project is to use statistical model updating methods to identify the best joint candidate model that represents the behaviour of a realistic wing/pylon attachment. A detailed model of the joint will be used to produce a database of uncertain linear-nonlinear FRFs. The variability in the FRFs will be obtained by realistic changes to geometric and mechanical properties of the detailed joint model. The joint model identified in the previous step, provides knowledge on the range of nonlinearity and variability in the wing-pylon-store configuration and the joint model that can be used in reduced order aeroelastic models. This project will be in collaboration with Airbus and university of Bristol and there will be the opportunity to work directly with Airbus UK on the topics of this project.

The successful candidate will have a strong theoretical background in nonlinear dynamics, with a PhD and Masters degree in Aeronautical or Mechanical Engineering or Applied Mathematics. Strong numerical skills are essential. The researcher will be supported and actively encouraged to attend conferences and publish in high quality peer-reviewed journals.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Hamed Haddad Khodaparast at the College of Engineering, email:

If you want to know about our commitment to gender equality or have any questions pertaining to inclusivity in the College of Engineering, please contact our Athena Swan Lead Dr Camilla Knight;

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Closing Date: 11pm on 17th April 2017

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