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Research Fellow - 13317

Brunel University London

Location: Uxbridge
Salary: £30,046 to £40,322
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 2nd December 2019
Closes: 3rd January 2020
Job Ref: 406932

Vacancy Ref: 13317

Full time, fixed term for 24 months

The Brunel Composites Centre (BCC) is seeking to recruit a Research Fellow (Project Leader) with expertise in composites modelling and testing to join our team in Cambridge.

BCC is a newly-established research and technology centre that sits between the knowledge base and industry offering high quality research in an innovative environment focused on physicochemical phenomena that take place at the interface of composites with other materials. For more info about BCC, please visit

A collaboration between Brunel University London and TWI Ltd, BCC has been awarded funding to work with companies across Europe and UK in the aerospace, automotive, construction and engineering sectors.

The post will involve work in the following fields:

  • Molecular simulations in composite materials with nanoparticles inclusions
    • Using commercial software packages and in-house code to model the effect of inclusions such as graphene on the electrical/thermal performance of composites
    • Define novel ways for the inclusion of transducers (embedded in the composite structure) in the model mesh. This could be seen as inclusion of a defect in the structure.
    • Use the simulations in order to optimise the transducer positioning and performance in introducing electromagnetic waves in the composite
  • Simulations of electromagnetic waves travelling inside composites
    • Identification of potential paths across interfaces in the composite for the electromagnetic waves to travel (fibre-matrix, or matrix-metal mesh or at the surface of the composite (composite-air interface)
  • Experiments using network analyser

The successful candidate should have:

  • PhD in Electrical engineering/mechanical engineering/mathematics with understanding of composite structures.
  • Understanding of nanotechnology and nanomaterials e.g. graphene and carbon nanotubes
  • Understanding of molecular simulation tools and knowledge of relevant software (for example MEDEA, GeoDict and others)
  • Knowledge of finite element tools used in materials modelling, (especially ABAQUS with the subroutines like UMATHT, SDVINI. Candidates that are familiar with similar routines in other finite element tools can also apply)
  • Familiar with programming languages (Python, C, C++, etc.)
  • Experience in technical delivery of research projects within time and budget
  • A high level of initiative and an ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Results-oriented approach, be self-driven with a positive outlook and a clear focus on high quality work.

The successful candidate will interact with, and supervise PhD students undertaking their research at the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) and contribute to the research strands of NSIRC so as to meet its mission. Amongst the aims of NSIRC is to develop a critical mass of research informed by the needs of industry, across the field of structural integrity and to develop novel postgraduate programmes to train the next generation of researchers and engineers to support UK science and innovation.

Closing date for applications: 3 January 2020

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