Research Assistant/Associate in Heavy Goods Vehicle Tyre Digital Twin (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge
July 18, 2024
Offerd Salary:£29,605 - £33,966
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Research Assistant/Associate in Heavy Goods Vehicle Tyre Digital Twin

(Fixed Term)

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in Heavy Goods Vehicle Tyre Digital Twin, based in the Department of Engineering.

The role is based in Central Cambridge within the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight (SRF, www., a leading centre focusing on reducing energy use and emissions from the road freight sector. The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The key responsibilities and duties are:

  • Conduct independent and team-based research into various aspects of the development of an HGV tyre digital twin, including mathematical modelling, laboratory and field testing, validation, and implementation;

  • Lead and coordinate in-service data collection from of HGVs;

  • Conduct techno-economic studies for HGV tyre technologies;

  • Write project milestone reports and final report;

  • Attending project meetings, workshops and conferences;

  • Presenting research outcome to stakeholders;

  • Publish research articles;

  • Supervise undergraduate projects;

  • Provide research support PhD students;

  • Support project management.

  • The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are:

  • Must hold or be close to the completion of a PhD in the area of direct relevance to tyre mechanics.

  • Strong theoretical and practical understanding of heavy goods vehicle tyre mechanics, tyre wear mechanisms, and vehicle dynamics and control.

  • Expertise in Finite Element Analysis(FEA) and vehicle manoeuvrability and fuel/energy consumption simulation.

  • Expertise in designing laboratory test rigs for tyre wear measurement and conducting laboratory experiments on tyre wear.

  • Real-world experience in measuring tyre wear from heavy goods vehicles.

  • Ability to collect and process in-service heavy goods vehicle operational data.

  • Strong communication skills including the ability to work in a team and to liaise closely with colleagues, administrative staff, technical staff, equipment suppliers and boarder industrial partners.

  • Excellent presentation and academic writing skills.

  • Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience). 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.

    Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

    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) 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 please contact Elizabeth Howard, email [email protected].

    Please quote reference NM42372 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

    The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

    The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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  • Department/Location

    Department of Engineering, Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK


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






    4 July 2024

    Closing date

    18 July 2024

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