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Research Assistant/Associate in Advanced Composite Materials

Imperial College London - Aeronautics

Location: London, South Kensington
Salary: £35,477 to £47,579 plus benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th August 2019
Closes: 16th September 2019
Job Ref: ENG00948

Job summary:

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Aeronautics. The successful candidate will have the opportunity of working with a dedicated team, funded by a Fellowship from The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The successful candidate will also have the exciting opportunity to interact closely with a consortium that includes key aerospace, automotive and energy industries.

Our aim is to develop a new generation of advanced damage-tolerant materials, drawing inspiration both from recent research and biomimetics. Our goal is to define these fractal micro-structures by design and to then develop suitable prototyping methods to realise them in practice. Finally, we will create relevant prototypes for aerospace, automotive and energy industries. There is flexibility for the applicant to focus mostly on modelling or on experimentation depending on the background and research interests of the successful applicant.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a genuine passion and excellence in research via their track record. In addition, applicants should demonstrate either an ability to develop and use numerical modelling techniques for simulating fracture in composites, or an ability to conceive, prototype and test bespoke composite materials. For a Research Associate position, applicants should have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant area. For a Research Assistant position, applicants should have a Master’s (or equivalent) and be working towards a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant area. Applicants are expected to have a strong publication record, commensurate with their experience.

Duties and responsibilities:

The post is funded by the EPSRC and will involve carrying out research in advanced bio-inspired composites, undertaking project management and/or supervising multi-disciplinary teams and submitting publications to refereed journals and conferences. There will be opportunities for travel and for close interaction with world leading academic/industrial project partners.

Essential requirements:

 Applicants are required to have experience in the following:

  • Fibre-reinforced composites
  • Finite elements
  • Fracture Mechanics

Those appointed at Research Associate level

Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Aeronautics, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience.

Those appointed at Research Assistant level

Near completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in Aeronautics, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience 

Further information:

Applications will be considered as they are received. Informal enquiries regarding the position can be made to Prof. Silvestre Pinho:

Should you have any queries relating to the recruitment process please contact: Lisa Kelly:

For technical issues when applying online, please contact:

Closing date: 16th Sep 2019

Vacancy code: ENG00948

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