Research Assistant (if close to completing PhD) or Research Fellow (if PhD obtained) in Structural Integrity

Cranfield University - School of Water, Energy and Environment

Energy Theme/Offshore Energy Engineering Centre

Fixed Term Contract until 18 June 2019

£23,837 to £27,304 per annum, with additional performance related pay up to £32,094 per annum (Research Assistant) or £32,094 per annum (Research Fellow)

Location: Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Here at Cranfield, we can offer you the opportunity and resources to really develop your career. Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

The School of Water, Energy and Environment leads in delivering Cranfield’s Mission within Water, Energy and Power, and Environment and Agrifood. The School is committed to leading in its areas of expertise through investing in world class staff and facilities over the long term.

We are looking for a high calibre research fellow to work on structural integrity assessment and life enhancement of bottom fixed and floating offshore wind turbine foundations. The recruited research fellow will be also working with academic partners from Imperial College London as well as industrial partners from LIC Energy, Carbon Trust and Offshore Wind Operators.

This post will contribute to the delivery of the SUPERGEN Wind Hub project on "Structural Design and Integrity Enhancement of Offshore Floating Support Structures" which is a joint collaboration between Cranfield and Imperial College London. You will be expected to also contribute to the ongoing Carbon Trust funded project on "Foundation Flange Study".

You will be key in working on the development of advanced fracture mechanics based finite element models, conducting numerical investigation of fatigue life enhancement in offshore wind turbine structures and fracture mechanics laboratory testing and analysis, as well as presenting research outcomes at international structural integrity conferences and publishing final results in prestigious journals.

You will have a PhD (or close to completion) in Fracture Mechanics Testing and Modelling, Structural Integrity or related discipline, and experience in development of damage subroutines, advanced finite element modelling, fracture mechanics testing and analysis, and preparing, editing and submitting high quality research outputs. You will also have an understanding of the wider concepts of structural design and integrity applied to renewable energy marine structures. You will be a team player, with excellent project management and interpersonal skills.

If you have ambition to build your own reputation through research and an impressive publications record, then we would like to hear from you.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Ali Mehmanparast, Lecturer in Structural Integrity, on +44 (0)1234 75 8331 or (E);

At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential.

We aim to go beyond our legal obligations to promote a culture where the diversity of our staff is positively valued. This is demonstrated in our success in achieving a Bronze Institutional Athena SWAN which recognises our commitment to progress gender diversity in STEM, as well as the European Commission’s ‘HR Excellence in Research Award’ which demonstrates our commitment to supporting Research careers.

Apply online now at or contact us for further details on E: or T: +44 (0)1234 754223. For any enquiries, please quote reference number 2646.

Interviews to be held: 25 May 2018

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