We are seeking two full-time Postdoctoral Research Associates in Impact Engineering to join a team of researchers focused on investigation of pressure, temperature and strain rate dependent behaviour of advanced materials for high-performance aerospace applications within the Impact Engineering Team, an integral part of the Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering Group at the Department of Engineering Science (University of Oxford Begbroke Science Park). The post is funded by Rolls Royce for a fixed-term of 2 years in the first instance.
The project is a collaborative effort with researchers at Rolls-Royce plc in the context of developing a better understanding of titanium alloys subjected to rapidly applied loads The research aims at exploiting existing approaches and developing novel methodologies for experimental characterisation and numerical simulation of deformation and failure of rapidly loaded materials employed in the manufacturing of large civil aviation gas turbine engines. You will be responsible for the execution of experiments and the development of deterministic and probabilistic experimental and analytical simulation techniques aimed at predictive modelling of the response of materials to impact loading such as that imposed by bird strikes, the development of supporting experimental techniques, the writing of progress reports to sponsors and journal publications and the production of documented software and experimental procedures.
You should possess a doctorate (or be very near to completion) in engineering, materials science, mathematics, physics or a related discipline; or, alternatively, have a good first degree and significant relevant industrial experience. Proven skills in novel research together with experience designing experimental platforms and experimental methodologies for high-rate loading, with a view to acquiring specific material response data of interest. The ability to communicate scientific ideas to an expert audience, both orally and in writing (including research papers for journals) and to industrial partners. As well as the ability to work under pressure on multiple projects with tight deadlines. Experience in experimental assessment of the deformation and failure in materials subjected to dynamic loading by means of Split-Hopkinson-Bar and/or gas gun based techniques would be an advantage.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Antonio Pellegrino using the email address below.
Further information can be found at: www.eng.ox.ac.uk/about-us/jobs
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 Monday 8 January 2018 can be considered.
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Contact: Dr Antonio Pellegrino