Research Associate

Cardiff University - Cardiff School of Engineering

Applications are invited from highly motivated researchers for a postdoctoral research position immediately available in the Multiscale Multiphysics Design Optimisation (M2DO) lab, led by H Alicia Kim. The research project is sponsored by Rolls-Royce.

The primary research focus is to develop level set based topology optimization for coupled thermo-mechanical aerospace structures in a high-temperature environment. Candidates must have a strong background in topology optimization, finite element method and C++ computer programming, and be committed to applying rigorous mathematical tools to structural design and optimization. Experience or interest in developing numerical methods and/or large-scale high performance computing and collaborative software development is also desirable.

Those with research experience and interests in the following areas are encouraged to apply:

  • PDE-constrained optimisation
  • Level set method
  • Coupled sensitivity analysis
  • Computational methods for structural mechanics and/or heat transfer

The post is based in the Cardiff University however, the M2DO lab is based both at Cardiff and UC San Diego and constituted of seven postdoctoral researchers and three PhD students. The Postdoctoral Research Associate is expected to work closely with the M2DO team at both sites. In addition, the Postdoctoral Research Associate will closely liaise with Rolls-Royce in meeting their deliverables and the post will include secondments and visits to Rolls-Royce in Derby. Therefore good team working and communication skills are essential and should be demonstrated in the application.

This is an exciting research opportunity with an exposure to the international academic environment as well as the engineering industry. Travelling is an essential element of this post. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the M2DO website for further insights into the team working environment and the nature of the research activities:

The post is available immediately and is full time. The post will be fixed term until 18 September 2019.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr H Alicia Kim (, with the subject M2DO postdoc.

For further details about working at Cardiff School of Engineering please contact

The School of Engineering holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. Cardiff University is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. For this vacancy we actively encourage women to apply. We will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share opportunities.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

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