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Research Assistant/Associate in Mechanics of Multilattices (Experimental) (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £26,243 to £39,609
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th April 2019
Closes: 30th May 2019
Job Ref: NM18906
 

There is a research opening for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering at the post-doctoral level (or a researcher who is close to obtaining their PhD), to work on lattice materials.

The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge Cambridgeshire, UK.

There is an opportunity to invent interpenetrating soft lattice materials which can actuate, for example, by infiltration with a fluid, in order to design materials of any given stiffness, strength and toughness.  Currently, lattice materials, such as the 2D honeycomb and the 3D octet truss, exist in a single material on a single length scale. The challenge is to fill the intervening gaps in the lattice with a second lattice in order to improve the macroscopic properties. The new lattices will be invented, manufactured and tested by the post holder. There is an optimisation step of the generation of a multiphase lattice that gives any desired macroscopic stress-strain response, fracture toughness and so on.

The key responsibilities and duties are to conduct experimental research into the mechanics of lattices. The role holder is also expected to take part in collaborative work, contribute to seminars, take part in the research group's activities, publish in the open literature, and liaise with the sponsors.

The successful candidate must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or related subject. They will have working experience of experimental solid mechanics and ideally previous research on modern manufacture and test methods, with an interest in materials optimisation, and a publication record.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Salary Ranges:  Research Assistant: £26,243 - £30,395  Research Associate: £32,236 - £39,609

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2020 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/21268.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) a covering letter and a publication list in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact: Hilde Hambro-Fernandez, Group Administrator, email hh463@cam.ac.uk  (Tel +01223 748 243).

Please quote reference NM18906 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

   
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