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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Aston University - Infrastructure & Sustainable Eng

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £34,304 to £36,382 per annum, Grade 08
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st October 2021
Closes: 15th November 2021
Job Ref: R210394

Location: Aston University Main Campus

Salary: £34,304 to £36,382 per annum

Grade: Grade 08

Contract Type: Fixed Term (36 months)

Basis: Full Time

Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Monday 15 November 2021

Interview Date: Wednesday 08 December 2021

Reference: R210394

A 3-year full-time postdoctoral research associate position is available via an EPSRC funded project entitled “Incorporating Size Effects into Multiscale Adhesion Modelling of Bitumen-Mineral Interfaces”.

The research will be undertaken in the Highway Engineering group in the Department of Civil Engineering, School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering, at Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

This is a joint research programme, partnering with the University of Nottingham and two industrial collaborators. The project aims to develop an adhesion analysis framework (AAF) for bituminous materials, providing the means to design high-performance asphalt and to assess the behaviour of new, recycled, or modified bituminous materials subjected to harsher mechanical and environmental conditions. 

The successful applicant will be responsible for conducting independent research in a wide range of mechanics analysis and multiscale modelling of road construction materials. The applicant will be closely collaborating with the other project partners in experimental characterisation, data analysis, and the development of the database and the AAF. 

The successful applicant should have a Master degree with research experience in engineering subjects, and a PhD degree. Knowledge in advanced mechanics or experience in microstructural analysis, molecular dynamics simulations or finite element modelling is beneficial. 

For further information about this position, please contact Dr Y. Zhang on +44 (0) 121 204 3391 or

Please note: Redeployees will be given prior consideration for posts.

Further details:   Job Details     University Information  

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