Research Associate in Fibre Optical Sensing Based Structural Health Monitoring of Railway Bridges

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

Contract Type: This post is fixed-term for one year to start from 1 February 2018 or as soon as possible after this date.

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We are advertising to recruit a post-doctoral research associate to work on a project associated with the motoring of the operational and health conditions of masonry arch bridges, which form an integral part of transport infrastructure in Europe including half of all UK railway bridge spans.

This project will apply innovative fibre optic sensing and new assessment methodologies developed at Sheffield to address this challenge. The aim is to bring together the outcomes from recent structural health monitoring (SHM) research and studies on masonry arch bridges at Sheffield to provide maximum impact, benefiting bridge owners such as Network Rail, consultant engineers and the public in the UK and beyond.

The successful candidate is expected to develop innovative techniques to process fibre optic sensing data for the purpose of SHM of Masonry arch bridges. Both laboratory experiments and field tests are required to be conducted to validate the effectiveness and demonstrate the practical significance of these new techniques. The candidates should hold a PhD in a relevant area of applied mathematics or engineering, such as control systems, electrical engineering, civil and structural engineering, statistical methods. The project will contribute to Sheffield’s reputations in the operational condition and health monitoring of infrastructural systems especially railway bridges, and involve a collaboration between the Departments of Automatic Control and Civil and Structural Engineering at Sheffield, Politecnico Milano, and FERROVIENORD. an major infrastructure company in Italy who will support the field studies in the project.

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.

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.

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