Impact Engineering Team
Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering Group
Department of Engineering Science
University of Oxford

University of Oxford

announce the following VACANCY for

ONE DPhil (PhD) Student in computational impact engineering with composite materials for submarine applications


Postgraduate DPhil (PhD) Student - Development of Methodology for Concurrent Multi-scale Modelling of the Response of Composite Materials to Underwater Explosion

         Deadline for applications noon on Thu 2 Jun 2011

         Anticipated starting date as soon as possible

         Further details:

Applications are invited for a research studentship (DPhil) for an EPSRC/Dstl funded investigation into dynamic behaviour of composite materials. This is a joint project with Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems. The research student is expected to develop novel numerical modelling tools for concurrent multi-scale simulation of the response of composites to underwater explosion and incorporate them within the existing integrated experimental-numerical research framework.


Applicants are expected to have excellent communication skills and a good command of English language. The ability to work independently and as a part of a team are the key qualities expected in all applicants. The successful candidate is expected to advance rapidly into a team leader and coordinate activities comprising the wider strategy for continually evolving capability in impact engineering with composite materials.


Candidates should have at least an upper second class degree in Engineering, Physics, Materials or Mathematics as well as an explicitly expressed affinity to solid mechanics and materials engineering. The candidates are expected to have excellent computing skills and preferably some experience with computer aided design software, including Finite Element Analysis software and programming languages (FORTRAN, C and C++). The studentship will be for 42 months, stipend approx 15,000 p.a. tax free. The research student would be registered for a higher degree at an Oxford college, leading to a doctorate. The studentship covers fees and provides the standard living allowance. UK residents are eligible for the full stipend.

Please direct all informal enquiries to Dr Nik Petrinic
- by telephone +44 1865 273172, or
- by email