Research Associate in Composite Features and Defects Database Development

Bristol, United Kingdom
£33,199 - £37,345
25 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Division/School School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Contract type Open Ended
Working pattern Full time
Salary £33,199 - £37,345
Closing date for applications 28-Aug-2019

CerTest – full title ‘Certification for Design - Reshaping the Testing Pyramid’ – is a £6.9M research investment by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the form of a so-called Programme Grant. CerTest is conducted in a close partnership between academic partners University of Bristol (lead), University of Bath, University of Exeter and the University of Southampton, with strong industrial and stakeholder support by Airbus, Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, GKN Aerospace, CFMS, the National Composites Centre (NCC), the Alan Turing Institute, and with close interaction with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). CerTest addresses barriers to validation and certification of composite aerostructures posed by the so-called ‘building block approach’ (or ‘testing pyramid’), which is the backbone of current validation and certification processes. CerTest represents a decisive step towards ‘virtual testing’ on the structural scale, and aims to reduce development cost and time to market, as well as to enable more structurally efficient and lightweight composite aerostructures that are essential for meeting future fuel and cost efficiency challenges.

The core research challenges in CerTest are multidisciplinary, and these are addressed by a strong interdisciplinary team of researchers with the academic partner institutions. The research is conducted in close collaboration between these institutions by a team of academics and postdoctoral fellows, supported by a group of PhD and EngD studentships carried out in close collaborations with the industrial partners.

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The ability of CerTest to define new and improved approaches to certification and build the confidence of users and regulators in these approaches will depend critically on our ability to define the distribution of micro- and meso-structural features in composite structures. This role will work closely with industrial users to build a database of purposely designed internal features and manufacturing defects. From this database, hierarchy features will be identified that always cause problems, suitable demonstrators will be defined, and studies executed to identify how features evolve into defects.

This role will require a combination of technical skills, and the ideal candidate should hold a PhD in Engineering with a focus on composites structures and manufacturing, bespoke experiment development, data acquisition and collation, and equally requires strong interpersonal skills to interact with a wide cross-section of academics and industrialists This role is very much at the centre of this project and offers multiple opportunities to engage with other researchers to develop a wide range of skills.

This post is being offered on a full-time basis, with funding initially for up to 2 years. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for September 10th, with the post starting as soon as possible after 1 October 2019.

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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