Research Associate in Composite Materials Analysis (84141)

University of Strathclyde - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

FTE: 1.0 
Term: Fixed (12 months)
Closing Date: 06 September 2017

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde is one of the largest and most successful engineering faculties in the UK, and the largest in Scotland. As a leading international technological university, Strathclyde is recognised for its world class research, knowledge exchange and educational programs. The Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering’s mission is to advance knowledge and commerce in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and apply fresh thinking to the challenges faced by industry and society.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a research group exploring novel structural health monitoring technology for different materials including composites and metals.

As a Research Associate you will design novel configurations for indicating/sensing fatigue damage in the structure. Using available analytical solutions, expanding new ones and with the help of numerical techniques, you will predict delamination growth due to fatigue loading and perform parametric analysis. Working with a team of researchers, and in collaboration with the University of Bristol, you will find the optimised parameters, build experimental samples and perform tests to prove the concept.

To be considered for the role, you will be educated to a minimum of PhD level in Engineering/Materials Science (or a closely related discipline), or have significant relevant experience in addition to a relevant degree. You will have sufficient breadth or depth of knowledge in fracture mechanics, analytical methods, numerical modelling as well as a wider knowledge of composite materials.

You will have a developing ability to conduct individual research work, to disseminate results and to prepare research proposals. You will have an ability to plan and organise your own workload effectively and an ability to work within a team environment. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences.

Whilst not essential for the role, applications are welcomed from candidates with: relevant work experience, membership of relevant Chartered/professional bodies (including the Higher Education Academy), experience of relevant student supervision and teaching activities, and/or experience of knowledge exchange related activities.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Meisam Jalalvand, Lecturer m.jalalvand@strath.ac.uk.

Initial interviews have been scheduled for week commencing 18 September 2017.

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