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Research Assistant/Associate in Composites Forming (Fixed Term)


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

The key responsibilities and duties will be:

  • designing tests and experiments to measure defect formation during preforming of composite fabrics;
  • undertaking finite element modelling to predict formation of defects during forming;
  • developing a forming limit diagram approach to combine the experiments and modelling;
  • 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 skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are: applicants 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.

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

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 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) and a covering letter with a research publication list 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 Fernandez (Tel +44 01223 748243).

Please quote reference NM13621 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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