CerTest Research Associate in Statistics of Aerospace Composites

Job title CerTest Research Associate in Statistics of Aerospace Composites

Department Mathematical Sciences

Salary Starting from £33,199, rising to £39,609

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Monday 22 July 2019

Closing date Monday 30 September 2019

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CC6943

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CerTest – full title ‘Certification for Design - Reshaping the Testing Pyramid’ – is a £6.9M investment by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the form of a Programme Grant. Research in CerTest will be conducted by a close partnership of academic institutions; University of Bristol (lead), University of Bath, University of Exeter and the University of Southampton, with strong industrial and stakeholder support from Airbus, Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, GKN Aerospace, CFMS, the National Composites Centre (NNC), the Alan Turing Institute, and with close interaction with the European Aviation Safety Agency. 

CerTest addresses barriers to validation and certification of composite aerostructures posed by the so-called ‘building block approach’ (or ‘testing pyramid’) which is the backbone of current validation and certification processes. CerTest represents a decisive step towards ‘virtual testing’ on the structural scale, and aims to reduce development cost and time to market, as well as to enable more structurally efficient and lightweight composite aerostructures that are essential for meeting future fuel and cost efficiency challenges. 

The core research challenges in CerTest are strongly multidisciplinary, and will be addressed by a world leading interdisciplinary team of academics and postdoctoral researchers, supported by a group of PhD studentships carried out in close collaborations with the industrial partners. For more information about CerTest see:  https://www.composites-certest.com/

You will be part of an exciting team of scientists, in collaboration with the Alan Turing Institute, which will include Mechanical Engineers, Applied Mathematicians and Statisticians to work in an ambitious project that involves integrating data from very different sources and that intends to reduce physical testing in aerospace structures by using virtual testing.

You should hold a PhD in computational statistics or applied mathematics and have substantial experience with Bayesian sampling methodologies in high dimensions (in areas such as uncertainty quantification or imaging) as well as having a broad statistical modelling knowledge.

Specific experience with structural mechanics models, design of experiments or reliability (survival) analysis would be an advantage, as would experience with different computing platforms such as R, C++, Python, and general HPC platforms.

This is a fixed-term contract for two years with a possible 1-year extension

For more details about the role please contact Dr Karim Anaya-Izquierdo (kai21@bath.ac.uk) or Prof Richard Butler (R.Butler@bath.ac.uk), however, please ensure that your application is submitted via the University website.

Please include a covering letter, detailed CV and an abstract of your PhD thesis with your application.


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