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Research Fellow in Structural Analysis and Optimisation

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£37,337 to £51,298 per annum
Closing date
14 Jan 2024

Job Details

School/Department: School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Based at: Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work: 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Contract type: Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period: 3 Years
Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £37,337 to £41,406 per annum with potential progression up to £51,298 per annum
Apply by: 14/01/2024

Role Description

Research Fellow in Structural Analysis and Optimisation

We are seeking a full-time Research Fellow in Structural Analysis and Optimisation to join the Advanced Vehicle Engineering Centre at the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing. This post is funded as part of a large funded project involving other UK Universities and major Aerospace manufacturers.

You will join a team at Cranfield working on the implementation of advanced numerical simulation to develop new shapes for weight savings of landing gear products. The simulation work is aimed at challenging existing classical design methods, that are too conservative, to leverage the full capability of innovative materials and processes. The tasks led by Cranfield University in this project, will be concentrated predominantly on FE techniques and methods to derive failure criteria applicable to multiaxial loading.

Your work will involve the identification of the most suitable models to predict component failure and develop numerical models to predict failure in coupons (test samples) made of different materials with different manufacturing processes. The simulation work also involve validation for which you will need to design the experimental setup (including sensors and acquisition system) and perform the tests.

The failure criteria developed for different material and processes will be used to predict failure in representative structures under single loading conditions as well as combined loading conditions.

About You

You will be educated to doctoral level (or very close to completion of your PhD) in a relevant subject and have experience in the implementation of advanced finite element simulation of homogenous and heterogenous materials processed with conventional and additive manufacturing approach. You are passionate about fatigue and fracture mechanics and an experienced user of Abaqus and the implementation of innovative simulation approaches to predict failure under complex stress.

About Us

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally.

The Centre’s reputation for leading in the field in materials and structures for automotive and motorsport applications and their advanced modelling has been established through the extensive, world-class research in this field. The consultancy and research carried out by the Centre is truly inspirational, undertaken for public bodies and industrial clients worldwide, including the major Automotive OEM’s, consultants and Tier 1 suppliers, Formula 1, Formula 2, GT, WRC and Dakar race teams.

Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

How to apply                                    

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Dr Marzio Grasso on (E):

Closing date for receipt of applications:  14 January 2024


Cranfield is world-leading in its contribution to global innovation. With our emphasis on the aerospace, agrifood, defence and security, environmental technology, leadership and management, manufacturing and transport systems sectors, we have changed the way society thinks, works and learns.

We generate and transform knowledge, translating it to the benefit of society. Our partners, from micro SMEs to the largest blue-chip multinationals, from governments across the world to NGOs and charities, tell us this is what they value about Cranfield.

Innovation is part of Cranfield’s ‘corporate DNA’, evolved over 60 years of commitment to this agenda.

Our work informs policy for governments and produces new technologies and products for the world of commerce. We draw on this pool of research and consultancy to provide our students with a distinctive ‘real-world’ learning environment, allowing them to develop as professionals and transfer their new knowledge to the global economy. This has always been the ‘Cranfield way’ but it has never been more important than in today’s world.

People are key to our competitive advantage and so we need to attract, develop and retain the best talent for our business. We aim to create a culture where you can flourish and succeed and, in turn, contribute towards Cranfield’s success.

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