Research Fellow - BID0005-1

Brunel University London - Department of Mechanical, Aero & Civil Engineering

Brunel University London is seeking to recruit a Research Fellow with expertise in the use of ultrasonication for cleaning (i.e. fouling removal) but also material processing to work at the Brunel Innovation Centre (BIC) in Cambridge.

The Brunel Innovation Centre (BIC) is a university research centre located at TWI’s facilities in Cambridge. BIC has been created to carry out research and development in the field of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and associated technologies such as sensors and systems for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Condition Monitoring (CM). For more info on BIC, visit

You should have a deep understanding of Acoustic Cavitation phenomenon and its applications (i.e. fouling removal/prevention). Furthermore, knowledge on image processing techniques is essential i.e. Tomography. The post will involve work in the following fields:

  • Application of Acoustic Cavitation to remove/prevent fouling in engineering structures i.e. process pipelines, wind turbines, offshore risers.
  • Optimisation of the state-of-the-art Power Ultrasonic system developed by BIC including Ultrasonic transducers, signal generators and power amplifiers.
  • Data acquisition and measurements of Ultrasonic field.
  • Application of image processing techniques such as Tomography to map the condition of the structure or the monitored sound field.

Your role will also involve the application of high power ultrasonics for:

  • Material processing during manufacturing (i.e. composites, additive manufacturing).
  • Icing removal and prevention using ultrasonics.
  • Sonication for healthcare (i.e. therapeutic).

You should have a postgraduate (MSc/PhD/Post-doc) qualification in Acoustics, Ultrasonic or equivalent. This role anticipates regular interaction with PhD students in an aligned topic theme and influencing the research strands of National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) so as to meet its mission. Amongst the aims of NSIRC is to develop a critical mass of research informed by the needs of industry, across the field of structural integrity and to develop novel postgraduate programmes to train the next generation of researchers and engineers to support UK science and innovation.

For an informal discussion about the vacancy, please contact Mr Jamil Kanfoud, Technical Manager, Email:

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