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Research Assistant/Associate in Particle Modelling

Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £28,756 to £33,309 with progression to £40,927 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th October 2021
Closes: 16th November 2021
Job Ref: 12562

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We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

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The Role

We are delighted to have you join the Geotechnics and Structures (GEST) group, in the School of Engineering, which boasts world-leading expertise, research and education in Geotechnical and Structural Engineering.

You will work on the EPSRC funded project EP/V053655/1: ‘RAILSANDING: modelling particle behaviour in the rail-wheel interface'. The rail-wheel interface is a multi-scale, multi-phase problem which has a highly transitory condition and it is exposed to open operating environments that can produce a variety of contaminations. Understanding the physical and chemical interactions at the interface is challenging, but it is essential and the only route to tackle the problem. In this project, a predictive computational model to simulate adhesion enhancement using sand particles in the rail-wheel interface will be a deliverable. This tool will be calibrated using experimental data at the micro-scale and validated using a full-scale rail-wheel set-up in collaboration with Prof Roger Lewis at the University of Sheffield. Running computational parametric simulations will lead to underscoring the crucial role of particle characteristics to assess the current assumptions stated in the Rail Standard Safety Board standard catalogue. The project is in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, Harvard University, Rail Standard Safety Board, Virtual Vehicle and Altair Engineering.

You will also lead and deliver across the full range of activities consistent with the conduct of exceptional world-class research, inter alia; driving and conducting research, project management, liaising with project partners and collaborators, dissemination and deriving impact from the research, including generation of scientific outputs and further funding proposals.

As part of our commitment to career development for research colleagues, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles. These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.

This position is full time on a fixed term basis until 21 February 2024.

Further particulars and informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Sadegh Nadimi (Lecturer) via email

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