Research Assistant/Associate in Computational Mechanics (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge
December 12, 2023
Offerd Salary:£29,605 - £33,966
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Research Assistant/Associate in Computational Mechanics (Fixed Term)

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate Department of Engineering, to work in computational mechanics.

The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge/Cambridgeshire, UK.

We are starting a new project with the aim to transform the design of engineering components from one based on selecting a best single material to one in which material properties and compositions are treated as continuous, spatially varying quantities. The project will amongst other things use (i) lab-based flux enhanced tomography for full field measurement of deformation fields and X-ray diffraction measurements of volumetric stress coupled to novel specimen designs, and (ii) associated data-driven material model discovery techniques. We are looking a research associate/assistant to work in the computational aspects to the project which will developing of inverse numerical techniques for material model discovery from the 3D X-ray measurements and/or developing correlation algorithms for analysis of the X-ray measurements.

The project is a collaborative project being conducted along with partner universities in the US. The role holder is expected to not only collaborate extensively within the research group at Cambridge but also our external partners. This includes regular meetings, joint publications etc. The role holder is also expected to assist with grant administration and in writing reports for funding bodies.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the roles are wide. The specific skills include a good working knowledge of finite element techniques, computational methods. Experience in developing numerical image correlation algorithms will be also highly desirable. The applicant will have obtained or be close to obtaining a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a related field with a strong background in continuum mechanics.

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: £29,605 - £33,966 Research Associate: £36,024 - £44,263

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a list of publications and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact: Hilde Hambro, Group Administrator, email [email protected] (Tel +01223 748 243)

Please quote reference NM39307 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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  • Department/Location

    Department of Engineering, Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire


    £29,605-£33,966 or £36,024- £44,263






    7 November 2023

    Closing date

    12 December 2023

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