Research Assistant/Associate in Mechanics of Multilattices (Theory)

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to conduct research into mechanics of lattice materials.

The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

There is an opportunity to invent interpenetrating lattice materials in order to design materials of any given stiffness, strength and toughness.  Currently, lattice materials, such as the 2D honeycomb and the 3D octet truss, exist in a single material on a single length scale. The challenge is to fill the intervening gaps in the lattice with a second lattice in order to improve the macroscopic properties. The new lattices will be manufactured and tested by a collaborator within the group. There is an optimisation step of the generation of a multiphase lattice that gives any desired macroscopic stress-strain response, fracture toughness and so on.

There is a research opening for a Research Associate at the post-doctoral level (or a researcher who is soon to receive their PhD), with a working experience of solid mechanics and ideally with previous research on optimisation methods.

The key responsibilities and duties are to conduct numerical research into the mechanics of lattices: 

  • Develop 1D, 2D and 3D numerical models of lattice behaviour
  • Compare predictions with measurements provided by colleagues
  • Take part in collaborative work, contribute to seminars, and take part in the research group's activities
  • Present results of scientific research to sponsors, address conferences and publish articles outlining the methodology and results of research undertaken. 

The successful candidate must have obtained or be close to obtaining a PhD in Mechanics of Materials. Must have some research experience and a publication record.

Salary Ranges:  
Research Assistant: £25,728 - £30,688  
Research Associate: £31,604 - £38,833 

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2020 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a list of publications and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact: Hilde Hambro-Fernandez, Group Administrator, email (Tel +01223 748 243).

Please quote reference NM14994 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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