Research Assistant in Multiscale Modelling

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Engineering - Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Contract Type: Fixed-term from 1 March 2018 until 15 July 2018

The Research Assistant position is an exciting opportunity to join an EPSRC funded flagship multi-disciplinary project called MultiSim. The project aims to develop multi-scale modeling and simulation methodologies, towards developing improved treatments for diseases of the musculoskeletal system. One of the challenges to the multiscale modelling and simulation for human musculoskeletal system is to determine how forces generated at the body level are transmitted, through the joint contact pressure distribution, to the organ level. The joint contact pressure distribution represents the multiscale link between body and organ levels models, and acts as a boundary conditions for the computation of the bone response in terms of stress and strain.

The project consortium is formed of researchers from three Departments of the University of Sheffield, namely the Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Oncology and Metabolism. You will join an internationally reputed research consortium and will be based in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE). The Department is one of the largest departments devoted to the subject in Europe, with 28 academic staff, 43 research staff, 29 professional and support staff and nearly 400 taught and research students. We are a world-leading research department, as evidenced by the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) exercise - out of 62 UK institutions specialising in multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary engineering, the Department was ranked:

  • First for quality of research publications, with 98.5% of our publications assessed as either world-leading (41%) or internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour;
  • Third for overall research quality with 96% of our research being assessed as world-leading (44%) or internationally excellent.

You will hold an MSc in Mathematical Engineering, Signal Processing, Control or a related area (or equivalent experience), and have a strong background in control systems, power electronics and power systems. You will have strong IT skills, including Experience in Matlab Programming and/or other programming languages such as Python, C/C++. Knowledge of discrete element methodologies and finite element analysis, including experience of their implementation, are essential to the post.  

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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