Research Assistant/Associate in Composites Forming (Fixed Term)

open until filled
Natural Sciences, Engineering
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom
£26,715 - £30,942 or £32,816 - £40,322 GBP

A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on a project concerned with deformation testing and modelling of composite fabrics.

The project has several academic and industrial partners, and is funded through the EPSRC CIMComp Hub which will provide support and networking opportunities.

The key responsibilities and duties will be; - designing tests and experiments to measure deformation and defect formation during forming of composite fabrics and to characterise robustness and product quality; - undertaking finite element (FE) modelling to predict forming behaviour; - developing a design tool based on machine learning and FE to enable design of components and their manufacturing processes; - compiling and analysing quantitative and qualitative data, preparing reports to summarise main findings and conclusions; - presenting results of the research to sponsors, addressing conferences and publishing articles outlining the methodology and results of research undertaken.

The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are that the applicant must have obtained, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in engineering or a similar technical subject, with expertise in experimental testing and modelling as applied to materials systems.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £26,715 - £30,942 Research Associate: £32,816 - £40,322

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 28 April 2023 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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