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Research Assistant/ Research Fellow - 13739-1

Brunel University London - Institute of Materials & Manufacturing

Location: Uxbridge
Salary: £30,497 to £40,927 per annum (Grade R1)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th October 2021
Closes: 3rd November 2021
Job Ref: 460973

Brunel Composites Centre (BCC)                                                                     

Full time, fixed term up to 24 months

The Brunel Composites Centre (BCC) is seeking to recruit a Research Assistant/ Fellow (dependent on experience/qualifications) with expertise in composites modeling and testing to join the team in Cambridge. 

BCC is a 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:

  • Composite materials characterisation
    • Design of composite – composite joints
    • Design of composite – metal joints
    • Design and construction of novel rigs for testing joint specimen beyond any existing test standards
    • Mechanical testing of composite joint samples, including non-destructive testing
    • Composite materials processing
      • Composite Lay-up
      • Surface preparation for joining of composites
      • Curing of composites and adhesives (thermoset) or processing of thermoplastic composite joint specimens
      • Composite materials modelling
        • Using commercial software packages and in-house code to model the:
          • Manufacturing of composite joints
          • Performance of composite joints 

The successful candidate should have:

  • Masters in Mechanical/ Automotive engineering with the intention of progressing to a PhD
  • FE Modelling expertise in setting up composite layups, multi material joining, material property card development, explicit and implicit simulation setup. Proficiency in FE tools such as LS-DYNA- ANSYS, Hyperworks, COMSOL and Abaqus
  • Multi-physics modelling expertise in at least three: Thermal, mechanical, electromagnetics, electro chemical, electrical and CFD. Modelling experience in automotive batteries will be ideal.
  • Proficiency in CATIA CPD.
  • Proficiency in MATLAB- Simulink/Simscape, PYTHON scripting.
  • Experience working in high pressure R&D environment.
  • Autonomous problem solving and innovation.
  • LMS Amesim or similar experience preferred.

Some experience or knowledge in automotive battery testing and modelling, energetic strategy of electric/hybrid vehicles and automotive battery pack prototype design/ BMS system development preferred. 

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 November 2021

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