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Research Assistant/Associate in Mechanics of Polymer Foaming (Fixed Term)


A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on Dynamic response of foam cored Structures.

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

The key responsibilities and duties are to conduct numerical research into the foaming of polymers. The role holder is also expected to take part in collaborative work, contribute to seminars, take part in research group activities, publish articles in journals and to liaise with the sponsors.

Polymers are commonly foamed in the solid phase by the expansion of a dissolved gas such as CO2. The foaming process is sensitive to the constitutive properties of the polymer, and the final porosity is dictated by bursting of the cell walls. There is a need to model the solid foaming process for a range of polymers in order to determine the sensitivity of foaming to the properties of the polymer and to the process variables (such as thermal history and CO2 content). The foam expansion response is sensitive to the constitutive properties of the polymer.

The skills, qualifications and experience required: the successful candidate must have obtained or be close to obtaining a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a related subjects and have some working experience of solid/fluid mechanics. Ideally, the successful candidate will have done previous research on related topics and have a relevant publication record.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £25,298 - £30,175; Research Associate: £30,175 - £38,183

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

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

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a list of publications and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact: Hilde Hambro-Fernandez, Group Administrator, email hh463@cam.ac.uk (Tel +01223 748 243)

Please quote reference NM12499 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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