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Research Associate in Compliance-Based Morphing Aerostructures

University of Bristol

Location: Bristol
Salary: £35,333 to £39,745 per annum (Grade I)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 25th November 2022
Closes: 8th January 2023
Job Ref: ACAD106478

The role

Applications are invited for up to two fully funded Aerospace Structures focused Post-Doctoral Research Assistant posts, each with a duration of 24 months and the possibility of further extension. These positions are funded through Dr. Benjamin Woods’s EPSRC Early Career Fellowship, which is called AdAPTS: Adaptive Aerostructures for Power and Transportation Sustainability (further details here: https://gow.epsrc.ukri.org/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/T008083/1).

The applicants will work alongside Dr. Woods and the rest of his team, and will be part of the Bristol Composites Institute. 

What will you be doing?

At the core of this project is the idea that if airplanes, helicopters, and wind turbines can be made with compliance-based aerodynamic surfaces that can morph and adapt in real time and in a smooth and continuous way to changing operating conditions, then they will be able to realise significantly improved efficiency, leading to less fuel burned or more electricity generated. Work to date has shown promising initial results (for example, the FishBAC morphing aerofoil has lift-to-drag ratios that are 16-100+% higher than traditional trailing edge flaps), but real-world implementation of these complex systems cannot happen until we understand them better and develop them further. AdAPTS has been designed to advance morphing technology through a wide range of analysis, design, and experimental research activities, and as a result these posts are open to applicants with expertise and experience in a range of relevant disciplines, including but not limited to: numerical modelling (structures and/or aerodynamics), aircraft/wind turbine design, prototype design and development, experimental characterisation of structures, wind tunnel testing, aeroelasticity, and optimisation. Ideally, candidates will have experience in several of these areas and in morphing structures in particular, but the candidates are in no way expected to have expertise in all areas. Ultimately, the work carried out can be adapted to fit the skills of the successful applicants, and the research team can support the development of missing skills, if needed. While the project builds on a family of compliance-based morphing technologies, the successful candidates will also be able to propose and explore new morphing concepts in parallel.

The candidates will work directly with Dr. Woods and the rest of his research group. They will be based in the Bristol Composites Institute, which provides excellent research facilities for both experimental (composites manufacturing and testing, wind tunnels, mechanical characterisation) and numerical work (relevant software licenses and high performance computing facilities). 

You should apply if

You are a driven, independent, adaptive engineer with strong expertise in aerospace structures and/or aerodynamics. You have a relevant PhD, and want to tackle a challenging, multi-disciplinary problem at the forefront of aerospace engineering. 

Additional information

For informal queries please contact Dr. Ben Woods, ben.k.s.woods@bristol.ac.uk.

To find out more about what it's like to work in the Faculty of Engineering, and how the Faculty supports people to achieve their potential, please see our staff blog:

https://engineeringincludesme.blogs.bristol.ac.uk/ 

The University of Bristol aims to be a place where everyone feels able to be themselves and do their best in an inclusive working environment where all colleagues can thrive and reach their full potential. We want to attract, develop, and retain individuals with different experiences, backgrounds and perspectives – particularly people of colour, LGBT+ and disabled people - because diversity of people and ideas remains integral to our excellence as a global civic institution.

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