Research Associate/Senior Research Associate/Research Fellow in Data Analysis in the Earthquake Lab

Bristol, United Kingdom
£33,199 - £48,677
19 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
06 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Division/School School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Contract type Fixed Term Contract
Working pattern Full or Part time
Salary £33,199 - £48,677
Closing date for applications 06-Aug-2019

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher to contribute to a unique, highly innovative and technically challenging earthquake engineering project that has provided vital evidence to underpin the seismic safety assessment of EDF Energy's ageing Advanced Gas‐cooled Reactor (AGR) nuclear power station fleet.

In a £6.4m programme funded by EDF Energy, a complex, high precision, quarter-sized physical model of a representative AGR graphite core assembly has been developed. The bespoke rig contains over 40,000 components and 3,200 sensors and enables exploration of the non‐linear dynamic responses of many different types and patterns of cracked graphite bricks, representing anticipated ageing effects. Information from the experimental programme provides essential validation of the complex numerical models that are used to underpin the AGR seismic safety case arguments for life extension of the oldest AGR stations.

The successful candidate will be joining an experienced team conducting this on-going research. You will be responsible for developing and utilising data processing routines to convert the sensor outputs from shaking table experiments into meaningful data; designing and developing new instrumentation systems and conducting Finite Element Analysis of the experimental data. You will also be expected to lead on the authoring of journal and conference publications.

This is an exciting and challenging role where you will have the opportunity to contribute ideas to further develop the team’s existing expertise. You will have a PhD in Engineering, Computer Science, Physical Sciences or Science (either completed or close to completion) or equivalent industrial experience. Experience of data collection and organisation, manipulating large data sets and data processing with Matlab are all essential to the role, as is the ability to diagnose and rectify complex problems and communicate complex information to non-specialists.

The post is being offered on a full-time or part-time basis for 12 months, with the possibility of extension. It is anticipated that interviews will be held on 15 August and candidates should ideally be able to start mid-September 2019.

Informal enquiries can be made to Nic Woodhall (

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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