Research Assistant/Associate in the experimental mechanics of liquid
crystal elastomers and glasses (Fixed Term)
Dr John Biggins is establishing a new experimental and theoretical research
activity in the area of liquid crystalline elastomers and glasses (LCE/Gs).
These remarkable soft-solids can undergo large reversible and programmed shape
changes upon heating or illumination, and the group will target novel
mechanics and "artificial-muscle" applications in shape-changing devices. This
new appointment will be the group's second experimentalist with a focus on
experimental mechanics and applications.
The key responsibilities and duties are to continue fabrication of LCE/Gs and
deploy them in studies of mechanical instabilities, and prototype soft
mechanical devices. Areas of immediate interest include snapping in active
shells, active mechanical metamaterials, patterned layer-substrate wrinkling,
and the use of mechanical bi-stabiity to create microfluidic valves and haptic
pixels. The post holder will also engage effectively and productively with a
growing mechano-centric research team, including members with a theoretical
and computational focus.
The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role will
include experimental soft solid mechanics (ideally including mechanical
instabilities) and fabrication of soft solids such as gels, elastomers,
liquid crystals elastomers or other polymer systems. Experience with
microfluids or soft lithography would be advantageous. Applicants must also
have an interest in mechanics and have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in
Science or Engineering.
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: £26,715 - £30,942 Research Associate:
£32,816 - £40,322
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first
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HR&Researcher in experimental mechanics of liquid crystal elastomers and
Department of Engineering, Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK
£26,715 - £30,942
or £32,816 - £40,322
9 June 2021
30 June 2021