Research Associate -Fixed Term Contract

University of Bath - Mechanical Engineering

High Rate Manufacture of Composite Aerospace Structures (PDRA2)

The University of Bath wishes to appoint a Research Associate to work on an EPSRC-industry funded project “Analysis and Design for Accelerated Production of Tailored composites” (ADAPT; EPSRC ref. EP/N024354/1). The project will closely partner Bath and Exeter academics with the National Composites Centre, and industrial collaborators (Airbus, GKN & Chomarat) that span the airframe supply chain. ADAPT will enable production of elastically tailored composite components at rates suitable for the next generation of short range aircraft. New models for manufacturing processes and new analysis-driven design principles for stiffness tailoring will be created. The team will focus effort on creation of new capability with underlying fundamental research. 

Theoretical understanding and/or experimental characterisation of manufacturing processes associated with material deposition and forming of composite parts for high rate aerospace production. In the mid to late stages, this knowledge will support the derivation of processes and design principles for the optimisation, manufacture, testing and post-test analysis of technology demonstrators.

Applicants should possess a first degree in an Engineering or applied mechanics-related subject and a PhD in the same. Experience in one or more of the following areas will be a requirement: mechanical testing; software development; finite element modelling; analysis, design or manufacture of composite structures. Candidates should be self-motivated and possess project management and communication skills for academic and industrial collaboration.

Please include a covering letter, detailed CV and an abstract of your PhD thesis with your application.

This is a full time role and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis with an expiry date of no later than 31 March 2020. 

For more details please contact Dr Andy Rhead ( or Prof Richard Butler (

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The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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