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Research Assistant / Associate in Crack Arrest in Composite Materials


Department/Division/Faculty: Aeronautics, Faculty of Engineering

Salary: £36,694 – £49,210 per annum

Campus: South Kensington, London 

Closing date: 6th June 2022

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:

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 ([email protected]) or Prof. Silvestre Pinho ([email protected]).

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 [email protected].

For technical issues when applying online please email [email protected] Please ensure that you include the job reference number in any correspondence.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, 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.

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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