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Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £34,980 to £44,263 Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 28th February 2024
Closes: 25th March 2024
Job Ref: 103137

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £34,980 to £44,263 with potential progression once in post to £46,974. Grade: 7

Contract Type: Fixed Term contract up to September 2025 

The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham is seeking to appoint a research fellow for the duration of 18 months to work on the UKRI research grant RESTOR (https://www.linkedin.com/company/89580897). RESTOR, led by the University of Birmingham and supported by the University of Cambridge and industry partners, focuses on sustainable steel reuse in UK construction, where over 85% of structural steel is recycled but less than 15% reused. The project aims to reduce the energy-intensive recycling process, responsible for significant emissions, by innovating in non-destructive testing, machine learning, and building information modelling to optimize and validate repurposed steel's structural performance, introducing advanced design tools for buildings made from reused steel.

The successful candidate will be responsible to lead the research that looks into developing advanced numerical procedures to optimise and repurpose of structural design of steel members. The numerical modelling procedure will be validated against experimental data carried out and collected by other team members in the RESTOR project.

Main Duties

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of the investigators if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc

Person Specification

  • First degree in area civil engineering, a higher degree relevant to structural engineering or equivalent qualifications
  • Experience of finite element modelling is essential 
  • Knowledge of machine learning numerical methods, particularly relevant to optimisation is desirable
  • Ability of data analysis and data presentation are essential 
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively 

Informal enquiries to Dr Asaad Faramarzi, A.Faramarzi@bham.ac.uk 

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the above ‘Apply’ button.

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