Research Assistant/Associate in Structural Damage Assessment & Data Analysis (Blast Loading) (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge
July 10, 2024
Offerd Salary:£29,605 - £33,966
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Research Assistant/Associate in Structural Damage Assessment & Data

Analysis (Blast Loading) (Fixed Term)

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on Structural Damage Assessment & Data Analysis (Blast Loading)

The post holder will be located in the Civil Engineering Building, West Cambridge, UK.

The 2020 Beirut explosion highlighted the need for a unified approach to blast load prediction and structural damage assessment. Our current inability to accurately predict blast loading in such environments limits advancements in structural damage predictions in real settings. Our aim is to raise the scientific benchmark of these linked but currently disconnected disciplines, and in doing to generate tools and frameworks to strengthen links along the entire event chain: detonation, to blast propagation, to loading development, to structural damage.

Under the EPSRC-funded "MicroBlast" project, colleagues at Sheffield University will perform scaled experiments to replicate the 2020 Beirut explosion, generating detailed, data-rich loading maps to supplement connected studies into structural damage assessment.

This role will:

  • work with damage data observed and collected from the 2020 Beirut explosion (damage assessment database, specific studies and remote sensing data);
  • make use of experimental data produced by the University of Sheffield team, and work with the team to develop data-driven approaches to leverage this data;
  • perform inverse modelling studies to develop predictive approaches for future scenarios.
  • The skills, qualifications and experience required:

  • obtained (or close to obtaining) a PhD in a scientific, mathematical, engineering or computing subject;
  • experience in programming, data management and interpretation;
  • comfortable developing data-driven and machine learning approaches from experimental data;
  • ideally has experience in blast engineering, or damage assessment related to blast loading;
  • has good interpersonal and communications skills, including writing scientific manuscripts, delivering presentations and collaboration with external research teams.
  • 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 18 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) and a covering letter, together with a research publication list (highlighting your three best/most relevant publications) in the Upload section of the online application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

    If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Dr Sakthy Selvakumaran ([email protected]) for queries of a technical nature related to the role; for questions related to the application process, please contact Jemma Cosbey ([email protected])

    Please quote reference NM41947 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.

    Further information
  • HR7 Researcher in Structural Damage Assessment & Data Analysis (Blast Loading)
  • Department/Location

    Department of Engineering, West Cambridge, Cambs, UK


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






    5 June 2024

    Closing date

    10 July 2024

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