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Research Assistant/Associate in Mechanics of Multilattices (Experimental) (Fixed Term)

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on lattice materials.

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

There is an opportunity to invent interpenetrating lattice materials in order to design materials of any given stiffness, strength and toughness. Currently, lattice materials, such as the 2D honeycomb and the 3D octet truss, exist in a single material on a single length scale. The challenge is to fill the intervening gaps in the lattice with a second lattice in order to improve the macroscopic properties. The new lattices will be invented, manufactured and tested by the post holder. There is an optimisation step of the generation of a multiphase lattice that gives any desired macroscopic stress-strain response, fracture toughness and so on.

There is a research opening for a Research Associate at the post-doctoral level (or a researcher who is soon to receive their PhD), with a working experience of experimental solid mechanics and ideally with previous research on modern manufacture and test methods.

The key responsibilities and duties are to conduct research into the mechanics of lattices:

  • Design and manufacture lattice materials
  • Test performance of the lattice materials
  • Take part in collaborative work, contribute to seminars, and take part in the research group's activities
  • Address conferences and publish articles outlining the methodology and results of research undertaken and liaise with the sponsors.

The successful candidate must have obtained or be close to obtaining an experimental PhD in Mechanics of Materials. Must have some research experience and a publication record.

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

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2020 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 (Tel +01223 748 243).

Please quote reference NM14993 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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