Research Associate in Acoustic Metamaterials

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate joint between the Departments of Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College funded by the UKRI Physics of Life at the Interface. This project is in collaboration with the Animal behaviour and sensory biology group in the School of Biological Sciences at Bristol University. The project joins the expertise of a mathematical engineering group that has expertise in elastic and...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00485
  • Date posted 17 June 2019
  • Closing date 4 August 2019

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate joint between the Departments of Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College funded by the UKRI Physics of Life at the Interface. This project is in collaboration with the Animal behaviour and sensory biology group in the School of Biological Sciences at Bristol University.

The project joins the expertise of a mathematical engineering group that has expertise in elastic and acoustic waves, and in designing metasurfaces, with a biosciences grouping that has identified the acoustic camouflage of moth wings with metasurfaces.

The role provides an exciting opportunity for a mathematical modeller, physicist or engineer, to be involved in an exciting active area of physics (acoustic metamaterials) that is impacting upon industry and is relevant to the stealth defences of moths versus their bat predators. There is a clear biological application, and industrial motivation in terms of designing efficient, compact, soundproofing that requires physics, engineering and mathematics to understand the fundamental underlying science.

This project will develop new techniques to carefully model acoustic metasurfaces using a suite of analytical, semi-analytical and numerical tools; these techniques can be chosen to play to the strengths of the postholder. A portion of the experimental work uses advanced imaging techniques; the postholder will be expected to help in the modelling of the imaging process and implementing imaging algorithms.

Candidates can read about past work by the Mathematics group in metamaterials https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/r.craster/publications.html

Further details of the non-destructive evaluation group in Mechanical Engineering can be found online here : https://www.imperial.ac.uk/non-destructive-evaluation

The appointment will be at Imperial College and, like other current team members, there will be travel to Bristol to collaborate and interact.

Duties and responsibilities


  • To gain an understanding and mastery of numerical simulation tools.

  • To gain a careful understanding of, and model, acoustic metasurfaces.

  • To gain an understanding of imaging and tomography methods and develop new techniques in this area.

  • To take initiatives in the planning of research.

Essential requirements

The essential requirements for this post are as follows:

  • A PhD degree in Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, or closely aligned disciplines, or an equivalent level of professional qualifications
  • Experience in:
  • Competent deployment of numerical and simulation methods
  • Programming in relevant high-level programming languages (R, Matlab®, Mathematica®, Python, C/C++, or equivalent)
  • Strong track record of high-quality independent research, commensurate with career stage
  • Experience in engineering or mathematical modelling
  • Experience and knowledge in one or more of the following techniques:
  • Finite element modelling
  • Asymptotic techniques
  • Imaging models
  • Wave tomography
  • Strong mathematical ability
  • Strong interest in the project

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant. The salary range is £34,397 - £37,486 per annum.

 This contract is full time, fixed term for 24 months.

 Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Dr Anna Radomska, EPSRC Programme Project Manager (a.radomska@imperial.ac.uk)  

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Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.