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Research Fellow (Process Monitoring and Structural Integrity Assessment of Composites using Optical Fibre Sensors)

University of Birmingham - School of Metallurgy and Materials

Location: Birmingham, Huddersfield
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609 with potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 3rd December 2018
Closes: 25th January 2019
Job Ref: 80345

Research Fellow (Process Monitoring and Structural Integrity Assessment of Composites using Optical Fibre Sensors) – 80345

Full Time, Fixed Term – up to 30 September 2019

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.

The aim of this post is to create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of activities within an established research programme and specific research project.

The post involves undertaking site work at the University of Huddersfield and MAGMA Limited as well as working at the Birmingham Edgbaston campus.

The principal field of expertise sought are: (i) production and characterisation of fibre Bragg gratings; (ii) design of sensor protection systems; (iii) sensor surface treatments; (iv) sensor integration; and (v) sensor interrogation, signal processing and data presentation in real time. The classes of materials to be considered include continuous and recycled short-fibre composites. Therefore, the successful candidate must have relevant expertise and experience in the above-mentioned topics.

The key objective for the post will be to develop strategies for process monitoring and damage detection in composite materials using optical fibre sensors.  This could include for example, fibre Bragg gratings and extrinsic fibre Fabry-Perot interferometric sensors.  The sensors will be surface-mounted or integrated into the composites during production.

The post-holder will work within specified research grants and projects and contribute to writing bids, operate within an area of specialism, analyse and interpret research findings and results. They will contribute to generating funding and contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial success (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar.

Skills and Experience Required:

  • Must hold a first degree and PhD in Physics, Materials Science or a related Engineering discipline
  • Display demonstrable interest in instrumentation, mechanical testing and fibre optic sensors.
  • Experience in the processing and modelling of fibre reinforced composites is highly desirable
  • Demonstrable high level analytical capability
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Proven practical experience of applying the relevant skills and techniques including the impregnation and production of composites, autoclave-based processing, acoustic emission sensing and recycling of composites.
  • Demonstrable ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Demonstrable understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/ administration processes
  • Experience of contributing to the planning and organising of a research programme and/or research project
  • Demonstrable ability to co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort

Closing date: 25 January 2019                       

Reference: 80345

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