A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to conduct research into Mechanics of 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 SOFT and HARD meta-materials of any given stiffness, strength and toughness. The actuation response due to seepage of a liquid through the lattice needs to be modelled by making use of experimental results from within the group. Currently, lattice materials, 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 manufactured and tested by a collaborator within the group. 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 Assistant/Associate at post-doctoral level (or a researcher who is soon to receive their PhD), with a working experience of solid mechanics and ideally with previous research on optimisation methods.
The key responsibilities and duties are to conduct numerical research into the mechanics of lattices. The role holder is also expected take part in collaborative work, and contribute to seminars, and to take part in the research group's activities publish in the open literature and liaise with the sponsors.
The success full candidate must have obtained or be close to obtaining a PhD in Mechanics of materials, have some research experience, and a publication record. 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 31 December 2021 in the first instance.
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