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Research Associate in Structural Dynamics

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

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £31,302 to £39,609 per annum, Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th November 2018
Closes: 13th December 2018
Job Ref: UOS020891

Contract Type: Fixed-term for 36 months, with an anticipated start date of 2 January 2019

The Dynamics Research Group at the University of Sheffield is seeking to appoint a highly motivated Research Associate in Structural Dynamics to carry out a research project on “robust validation methods for a digital twin”. The post holder will be employed as a Research Associate and will receive a highly competitive salary as part of the “DigiTwin” consortium funded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to work within a leading UK dynamics research group as part of a research project to create “digital twins” for dynamics applications. The project is a consortium between the Universities of Sheffield, Bristol, Cambridge, Liverpool, Southampton and Swansea and nine industrial partners.

The DigiTwin Network will provide a UK wide network of excellence employing 8 Research Associates (including this post) and 10 Linked PhD studentships. Research activities will be complemented by network-wide events including a comprehensive programme of scientific meetings and a smaller number of training events. In addition, consortium members are expected to disseminate their research results at leading international conferences, all of which will provide excellent career development opportunities.

The Research Associate will be expected to take a leading role in the development and delivery of their research relating to robust validation methods for a digital twin based on novel techniques such as transfer learning and ontologies. There will be multiple opportunities to collaborate with research teams and industrial partners within the DigiTwin consortium. This will range from basic research activities right through to aspects of commercialisation and exploitation of research results where applicable.

The ideal candidate will have excellent research skills and experience in engineering dynamics or a closely related discipline. You will have excellent communication skills and proven experience in writing high quality scientific papers, and giving research presentations to both an academic and industrial audience. You will be able to develop new research ideas, and work collaboratively with team members and other consortium partners.

Applicants should have, or be about to obtain, a PhD in mechanical engineering or a related discipline or have the equivalent experience.

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Fixed-term for 36 months, with an anticipated start date of 2 January 2019

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