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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Impact Engineering Experimentation for Aerospace Applications

University of Oxford - Begbroke Science Park

Location: Oxford
Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 Grade 7, p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th February 2019
Closes: 20th March 2019
Job Ref: 139404

Begbroke Science Park, Begbroke Hill, Woodstock Road, Begbroke, Oxford

Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

We are seeking a highly talented and motivated researcher to contribute to the development of a novel high strain rate combined loading experimental platform designed to characterise the behaviour of materials under dynamic tension-torsion and compression-torsion. This post is based at Begbroke Science Park. The post is funded by EPSRC and Rolls Royce for a period of 2 years.

The successful candidate will be tasked, with the aid of computer aided engineering tools, to explore and develop advanced impulsive loading systems allowing for the accurate timing of stress pulses propagating at different velocities in order to control the stress state of bespoke designed specimens during combined loading. The ideal candidate would also have knowledge of experimental mechanics, with particular expertise in characterising the dynamic behaviour of engineering materials.

Reporting to Dr Antonio Pellegrino, Professors Dan Eakins and Clive Siviour, the postholder will be a member of a research group providing day-to-day supervision for researchers. However, the postholder will also be responsible for their own grant funded research projects within a discrete area of the wider research programme. 

You should possess a doctorate (or be very near to completion) in engineering, materials science, mathematics, physics or a related discipline; or, alternatively, have a good first degree and significant relevant industrial experience. Proven skills in novel research and experience designing experimental platforms and experimental methodologies for high-rate loading, with a view to acquiring specific material response data of interest. The ability to communicate scientific ideas to an expert audience, both orally and in writing (including research papers for journals) and to industrial partners. The ability to work under pressure on multiple projects with tight deadlines.

Experience in experimental assessment of the deformation and failure in materials subjected to dynamic loading by means of Split-Hopkinson-Bar and/or gas gun based techniques would be an advantage.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Antonio Pellegrino:

You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 20 March 2019 can be considered.

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

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