Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Fretting Fatigue

Applications to be received by 12pm on Friday 15th of December 2017

Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 p.a.

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate to join The Solid Mechanics Research Group at the Department of Engineering Science in central Oxford. The post is funded by EPSRC, in conjunction with Rolls-Royce plc, and is fixed-term for 3 years.


The project is concerned with the experimental measurement of the fretting fatigue strength of aerospace alloys, and is centred on a laboratory-based investigation using servo-hydraulic test machines. You will be responsible for devising the program of tests, developing the apparatus, and then running the tests themselves so as to prove out a theoretical procedure for measuring fretting fatigue.


You should possess a PhD (or near completion) in experimental mechanics, with experience in the use of servo-hydraulic test apparatus. A knowledge of fatigue, fracture and contact problems and confidence in the processing and interpretation of experimental results is essential. Excellent communication skills are also required.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to: david.hills@eng.ox.ac.uk.


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.


Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 15 December 2017 can be considered.


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: www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/preemploymentscreening.

Contact: Professor David Hills