CerTest Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Job title CerTest Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Department Mechanical Engineering

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

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Friday 19 July 2019

Closing date Monday 30 September 2019

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CT6934

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CerTest Research Associate in Modelling of Aerospace Composites

Fixed term contract for two years with a possible 1-year extension

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.

You will use existing and develop new multiscale FE code, in an interdisciplinary collaboration with applied mathematicians and computational engineers at the Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Heidelberg, to predict failure initiation and damage propagation in advanced composites.  

You should hold a PhD in Engineering or Applied Mathematics with a strong grounding in the fundamentals of finite element analysis (FEA) and including a basic understanding of non-linear mechanics.  

The ability to code in C++, and to use generalised multiscale methods would be a distinct advantage, as would be an understanding of failure analysis in composite materials.

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

For more details please contact Dr Andy Rhead (A.T.Rhead@bath.ac.uk) or Prof Richard Butler (R.Butler@bath.ac.uk).

For more information about CerTest see:  https://www.composites-certest.com/ 

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