Research Fellow

Queen's University Belfast - School of Natural and Built Environment

Founded in 1845 as Queen’s College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we’re a member of the Russell Group, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos.

The $1.2m US-Ireland-Northern Ireland tripartite project investigates innovative approaches for the reuse and recycling of decommissioned composite material wind turbine blades. This post is available until 31 December 2020 to conduct advanced research to determine the residual mechanical properties of the blades, and conduct analysis for various designs of structures using the materials from the blades. The research will be conducted through both advanced FE analysis considering wind load and loading histories, and experimental validation.

Working within a large project team consisting of researchers and academic staff in areas ranging from fundamental mechanics to architecture, GIS and social sciences in four universities in US, Ireland and Northern Ireland plus industrial partners, the successful candidate is also expected to coordinate activities between the partners, manage a common file system and conduct tasks required relating to research and innovation, technology transfer, training and dissemination activities.

Our five core values (Respect, Integrity, Excellence, Ambition, Connected) have been developed by staff and students. They express our shared understanding of what we believe, how we aim to behave and what we aspire to be as an international organisation.

The successful candidate must:

  • Have or be about to obtain a relevant PhD.
  • Have a minimum of three years’ relevant research experience in:

-  Finite element analysis (FEA) of structures;

-  Experimental research experience.

  • Have a good publication record in line with stage of career.
  • Be able to contribute to broader management and administrative processes.
  • Contribute to the School’s outreach programme by links with industry, community groups etc.

Full criteria can be found online at

Further information about the School can be found at

Informal enquires may be directed to Professor JF Chen, email: or telephone: +44 (0)28 9097 4184.

Anticipated interview date: Wednesday 21 February 2018

Starting salary: £32,548 per annum

Closing date: Tuesday 6 February 2018

Apply online at For further information or assistance contact Human Resources, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN.  Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit.  It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from people with a disability.

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

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