Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Dynamics and Control

Bristol, United Kingdom
£33,797 - £42,792
28 May 2020
End of advertisement period
24 Jun 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Job number ACAD104559
Division/School School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Engineering Maths
Contract type Open Ended
Working pattern Full time
Salary £33,797 - £42,792
Closing date for applications 24-Jun-2020

We are looking to recruit a researcher to join a multi-institution project as a post-doctoral research associate, tenable until  31 January 2023.

The position is funded by an EPSRC-funded Programme Grant on Digital Twins for Improved Dynamic Design run in collaboration with the universities of Cambridge, Liverpool, Sheffield, Southampton, and Swansea. The overall aim of the programme grant is to create a robustly-validated virtual prediction tool called a “digital twin” for designing complex structures.

The Bristol component of this project is focused on the interaction of numerical models and physical experiments in so-called hybrid tests where two substructures (one physical and one numerical) are coupled together in real-time. This novel approach to testing provides a great deal of flexibility in the design process since it enables poorly modelled (or externally supplied) parts of the structure to be tested physically while retaining the freedom to rapidly change and test different numerical models. Of particular interest within this testing framework is the investigation and exploitation of nonlinear behaviours and how uncertainties manifest and propagate through the system.

This position is ideal for a researcher with an interest in working at the intersection of modelling and experiments. It is expected that the researcher will design and run various hybrid test experiments building on existing in-house experience. Experiments will be designed to complement the research going on in the partner institutions and may range from aerospace applications through to civil structures. You should also have established computational skills (MATLAB and/or Julia are commonly used). You will be part of a vibrant and supportive Dynamics and Control research group, working alongside researchers dealing wide variety of application areas. In addition, there will be regular meetings of the full project team from each of the universities with an emphasis on cross-fertilisation of ideas and collaborative working.

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.