Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in Decision Support for Dynamic Virtualisation - ESR1

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Engineering - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Contract Type: Fixed term for 3 years
Working Pattern: 100% FTE
Salary: £31,932 per annum. This includes a non-pensionable annual Mobility Allowance of £5,734 (available to all post holders). An additional non-pensionable Family Allowance of £2,389 per annum is available to those in a legally recognised partnership.

The Dynamics Research Group at the University of Sheffield is seeking to appoint a highly motivated Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher to carry out a research project on developing fundamental Verification and Validation methodologies for nonlinear structures. The post holder will be employed as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) for 3 years and will receive a highly competitive salary as part of the European Training Network ‘DyVirt’, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie programme. You will be based at the University of Sheffield, and will register as a staff PhD candidate.

The ESR positions offer an exciting opportunity to work with leading experts across Europe to develop advanced virtual models for the dynamic behaviour of engineering structures, primarily for offshore wind energy applications. You will be one of two such Early Stage Researcher (ESR1) hosted in Sheffield, and part of a larger cohort of 14 ESRs across partners from 7 different countries (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Poland, Switzerland and UK).

The DyVirt network will provide a comprehensive ESR training program in which your research activities are complemented by a network-wide secondment scheme, training events, scientific workshops and summer schools, providing each ESR in the network opportunities for wide ranging inter-sectoral and inter-disciplinary career development across Europe.

As one of two related posts within this project at The University of Sheffield, your specific research area is titled ‘Fundamental Aspects of Verification and Validation: Features, Metrics, Standards’.  This Work Package will deliver Research Objective 1 of the project, which is to create new methods of dynamic verification and validation for applications with significant nonlinear effects, including friction in joints, large deformations, and hysteretic behaviour.

The research carried out by this role (ESR1) will focus on developing fundamental Verification and Validation methodologies for nonlinear structures.

Building trusted virtual models for structures subject to high dynamic loads is a process we call “dynamic virtualisation”.

It is a requirement of the Marie-Curie programme that all ESRs must be willing and able to spend some of their time at other participating members of the network across Europe. This post will involve two short-term research secondments to other partners in the DyVirt Network, for a total of 8 months. 

We are seeking candidates with a master’s degree in engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science or a related field at the time of appointment. At the time of recruitment you should be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account.

As an Early Stage Researcher you will have a keen interest in research; comprehensive programming and IT abilities, and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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