Research Associate into Dynamics of Aero Engine Components

Imperial College London - Mechanical Engineering

Job summary

The Dynamics Group is a multidisciplinary research group, funded mainly by Rolls-Royce plc, studying vibration, dynamics and non-linear behaviour of turbomachinery. The Research Associate will be involved in an industrial funded project to develop techniques to predict the damping levels of novel pipe work designs in aero engines based on a mixture of experimental and analytical methods.

You will have extensive liaison with the industrial client and a collaborating university and the researcher will undertake field trips to study the problem at first hand. The project is funded by an aeroengine manufacturer and the project provides an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to work closely with industry.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be working with others to develop an approach for the predictive assessment of pipe system damping levels through application of experiments, and finite element modelling and analysis the concepts. In order to do this, you will need to identify via experimental methods, the key parameters that influence the damping behaviour of pipe assemblies components and develop techniques that allow to combine different damping contributions into a global damping parameter for predictions.

You will also be involved in the supervision and guidance of PhD Students within the group that are studying Aero Engine dynamics.

Essential requirements

­You should:

  • have a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or a closely related discipline.
  • have completed, or be close to completing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Physics or a closely related discipline. Individuals with equivalent experience will be considered.
  • have practical research experience, as evidenced by published output
  • have a background in nonlinear dynamic analysis

Experience in Finite modelling is essential for this position.

Further information

This is a fixed term position for up to 21 months in the first instance. Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr Christoph Schwingshackl (

More information about the Department, the Dynamics group can be found on our webpages.

Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Miss Helen Stoneham (

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

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