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Research Associate

Cardiff University - Cardiff School of Engineering

Location: Cardiff
Salary: £33,199 to £39,609 Grade 6, per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th November 2018
Closes: 8th December 2018
Job Ref: 7979BR

Applications are invited from highly motivated researchers for a postdoctoral research position immediately available in the Cardiff University Structural Performance Laboratory working on the design and optimisation of lightweight structures with a focus on nonlinear postbuckling performance. Thin walled structures such as those used in the aerospace sector are prone to instability when subject to compressive loads. Historically therefore, the design of such structures has been based on their critical or initial buckling load. Many of these structures however, have considerable postbuckling reserve of strength with often only a small decrease in stiffness following initial buckling. There is therefore, an increasing interest in utilizing this reserve in order to further optimise these structures and reduce weight. Advances in optimisation techniques and manufacturing technologies such as Additive Layer Manufacturing (AML) and Tow Steering for the manufacture of Variable Angle Tow (VAT) composites provide the potential to design and manufacture more complex materials and structures in order to facilitate this. This post will explore these possibilities to design and manufacture structures with significant postbuckling strength and stiffness.

Candidates must have a strong background in nonlinear mechanics and aerospace structures. The post requires experience in nonlinear structural mechanics, computational mechanics, thin-walled structure buckling and an understanding of PDE-constrained optimization. Experience of advanced manufacturing, AML and composite manufacturing techniques are also desirable. Good team working and communication skills are essential and should be demonstrated in the application.

We work closely with aerospace industry partners including Airbus, Rolls Royce and NASA. This is an exciting research opportunity with exposure to the international academic environment as well as the engineering industry. The candidate should also be prepared to travel internationally.

Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the Mechanical and Structural Performance Group The role will also liaise closely with the Applied and Computational Mechanics Group, the M2DO Group and the Advanced Manufacturing Group

This post is full-time, available immediately and is fixed term until 1.7.2020 funded by Rolls Royce until 18.9.19 then the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council from 19.9.19 – 1.7.2020.

Salary: £33,199 – £39,609 per annum (Grade 6)

For informal discussions about the post please contact Professor Alicia Kim at

For informal enquiries about working for Cardiff University please contact David Brown at

Closing date: Saturday, 8 December 2018

Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University and the School of Physics and Astronomy are committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity. Our inclusive environment welcomes applications from talented people from diverse backgrounds. We strongly welcome female applicants and those from any ethnic minority group, as they are underrepresented in our School. The School of Physics & Astronomy has a Juno Practitioner accreditation that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. The University is committed to ensuring that we sustain a positive working environment for all staff to flourish and achieve. As part of this commitment, the University has developed a flexible and responsive framework of procedures to support staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible. Applications are welcome from individuals who wish to work part-time or full time.

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