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Research Assistant/Associate in Civil Engineering (Fixed Term)

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Research Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on EPSRC funded project "Concrete modelled using random elements". The Research Assistant/Associate will work on a new computational method for the analysis and optimisation of reinforced concrete structures. Much of the difficulty of analysis for concrete lies in its brittle behaviour. We aim to tackle the challenge of reinforced concrete optimisation using a new, mesh-free, analytical tool known as Peridynamics. This post will advance our work in this field through theoretical developments and laboratory experimentation. The role holder will participate in the overall contribution of the department/faculty, as appropriate.

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

The key responsibilities and duties are:

  • Theoretical developments in the field of peridynamics for concrete structures
  • Computational modelling using bespoke programs for accuracy and speed
  • Laboratory testing, as required to support analytical advances

The skills, qualifications, and experience required:

  • Applicants must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Civil Engineering or a relevant related field
  • The research assistant/associate should have expertise in mesh-free modelling techniques. Expertise in computer science and an understanding of programming are highly desirable. Knowledge of laboratory methods and experimental ability are desirable.
  • Very good communication and writing skills
  • Experience working in a relevant industry is desirable
  • Experience of managing own workload, sticking to deadlines and the ability to constantly update knowledge

Salary ranges: Research Assistant: £25,728 - £30,688
Research Associate: £31,604 - £38,833

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 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 covering letter, and a list of research publications 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.

For specific or enquiries of a technical nature about the position, contact Dr John Orr ( If you have any questions about the application process, please contact: Ms Karen Mitchell, Structures Research Group Administrator, Engineering Department email:

Please quote reference NM13306 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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