Research Fellow, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£33,797 to £36,914 per annum
Nov 30, 2020
End of advertisement period
Dec 07, 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date: 07/12/2020
Salary: £33,797 to £36,914 per annum
Job category/type: Research

We are looking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in computational modelling of new generation maritime composite structures.

The purpose of this position is to join the Advanced Composites Research Group (ACRG) in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, and contribute to world-leading research in the computational modelling of composite materials and structures. The successful candidate will also contribute to the development of a high-fidelity computational tool which will enable designers and operators to assess the influence of in-service damage, on operability, of the fibre reinforced composite eFoil propulsion system proposed for a new generation of maritime vessels.

This is a 3 year fixed term position and would ideally need someone in post by 11 January 2021.

The successful candidate must have:

  • A PhD in the field of computational modelling of composite materials or structures and a four-year undergraduate degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering.
  • At least 3 years relevant research experience.
  • Experience in Fortran coding.
  • Experience in using ABAQUS finite element software.
  • Experience of coding using Python scripting language.

The Advanced Composites research group was born out of a collaboration between Academia, Industry and Government.

It is a technology hub for the research and development of advanced engineering and advanced materials technologies across a range of industrial sectors. Promoting the development of skills and rapid knowledge transfer between the universities and industry, ensuring the development of innovative new product and manufacturing technologies.

The School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has over 40 academic staff and 24 research staff. With a technical team of 8 and 26 support staff we have the human resource to provide a first class service.

The School has strong links with industry in the form of collaborative projects and student placements. The curriculum is heavily informed by industry representatives who sit on an advisory board within the School.

Queen’s University Belfast is a driver of innovation based on our talented, multinational workforce. Throughout the University, our academics are collaborating across disciplines to develop new discoveries and insights, working with outside agencies and institutions on projects of international significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.

We are a leader in gender equality and diversity, and are one of the UK’s most successful universities in the Athena SWAN initiative which promotes gender equality and career progression. The School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering holds a SWAN Silver Award in recognition of good employment practice in line with the SWAN Charter. We are ranked 1st in the UK for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, (Innovate UK) 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Based in Belfast, a modern capital city, our beautiful campus is surrounded by abundant acres of parkland and is renowned as one of the safest and affordable cities in the UK. The choice of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards are some of the best available, and lovers of the outdoors can enjoy any number of activities from rowing and kayaking to top class golf among many others. We are immensely proud of what our city and our University will offer you.

For full job details and criteria please see the Candidate Information link on our website by clicking ‘apply’. You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application. For further information please contact Resourcing Team, Queen's University Belfast, BT7 1NN via email resourcing@qub.ac.uk.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all. However, our employment monitoring data tells us that individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people with a disability and those who identify as LGBT+ are currently under-represented at the University. As such, we particularly welcome applications from these individuals. Also Protestants are currently under-represented in this category of work. As such, we particularly welcome applications from these individuals.

As you may be aware, Queen’s is recognised as one of the most diverse organisations in Northern Ireland. We are committed to ensuring our workplace is a safe, welcoming and inclusive place to work, which is why we subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, Diversity Charter Mark NI and Athena SWAN.

It is also why we have established award winning Staff Networks such as PRISM and iRise. These networks provide an opportunity for staff to meet in a friendly, informal way to support each other. More details on all our networks can be found here.

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but, in particular circumstances, may be renewed or made permanent, subject to availability of funding.

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