Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Design Software Development for Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations

Applications to be received by 12pm on Wednesday 29th of November 2017

Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 p.a.

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Civil Engineering research group at the Department of Engineering Science, central Oxford. The post is funded by a geotechnical software company (PLAXIS) and is fixed-term for 6 months.

You will take a leading role in a software development project to implement new design procedures for foundations, for offshore wind turbines, within the PLAXIS 3D finite element environment. You will be responsible for development of optimisation procedures, coded in Python, to calibrate simplified design models using data from PLAXIS 3D finite element analysis. Supporting the process of checking the foundation design software developed by PLAXIS and contributing to the development and checking of software documentation, including case studies.

You should possess an excellent first degree (First or Upper Second) and a PhD/DPhil (or nearing completion) in engineering or a related subject. You should have experience in developing engineering analysis software, including the use of Python and have excellent written communication skills.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Harvey Burd:

Further information can be found at:

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 29 November 2017 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here:

Contact: Professor Harvey Burd