Research Assistant / Associate in Crack Arrest in Composite Materials

Job summary

Do you have a background in mechanics of high-performance light-weight composites? We have an opportunity for you to help improving the performance of composite materials and structures, which will benefit all applications of composites from aerospace to offshore wind turbines to sporting equipment!   NextCOMP, funded by the EPSRC as part of a joint programme with the University of Bristol, will provide the scientific basis and fundamental...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG02150
  • Date posted 19 May 2022
  • Closing date 6 June 2022

Job description

Job summary

Do you have a background in mechanics of high-performance light-weight composites? We have an opportunity for you to help improving the performance of composite materials and structures, which will benefit all applications of composites from aerospace to offshore wind turbines to sporting equipment!

 

NextCOMP, funded by the EPSRC as part of a joint programme with the University of Bristol, will provide the scientific basis and fundamental methodologies to improve the compressive response of current composites, which is often the most limiting factor when designing composite structures. Under compression, composites suffer a range of failure mechanisms that interact in a complicated way across several length-scales; NextCOMP will therefore develop and embed new constituents and architectures at every length-scale of the composite to improve compressive properties and delay compressive failure. This will lead to not only commercial opportunities, but society and the environment will also benefit from the improved performance, safety and environmental sustainability in a variety of contexts

Duties and responsibilities


  • As part of WP4 (ply level concepts) you will design, prototype and test novel configurations for controlling, deflecting or arresting translaminar damage growth in polymer composites under compression;

  • You are expected to collaborate closely with the RA also working on WP4 but who is focusing on concepts to inhibit compression failure, to generate leverage and synergies across these two sub-packages in WP4. Hence, by communicating positively with all key working relationships, ensure this workpackage produces the best possible outcome in a timely manner;

  • You will disseminate your results in international conferences and publish them in high-quality journals.

Essential requirements


  • You should have detailed knowledge of polymer composite materials and Solid Mechanics.

  • Essential experience includes:


    • experimental mechanics of composites (manufacturing, testing, characterising, monitoring).



Those appointed at Research Associate level


Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Aeronautics, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience.


 


Those appointed at Research Assistant level


 


A first / masters degree in Aeronautics, Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent) in a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience

Further information

Further information:

 

Fixed-term until 31st January 2023.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Prof. Emile Greenhalgh (e.greenhalgh@imperial.ac.uk) or Prof. Silvestre Pinho (silvestre.pinho@imperial.ac.uk).

Please click “APPLY NOW” to go through to the online application form. Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Ms Lisa Kelly by email to l.kelly@imperial.ac.uk.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework. Our values are: 

  • Respect              
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence          
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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