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Research Fellow in Mesoscale Modelling

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£37,337 to £41,406 per annum, with potential progression up to £51,298 per annum
Closing date
15 May 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: For 1 year
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: 15/05/2024

Role Description

We welcome applications for this exciting post from those with relevant knowledge and experience in crystal plasticity.

About the Role

You will be part of a team to deliver multiscale modelling predictions on several research projects. The work aims to develop and implement crystal plasticity models to inform engineering plastic deformation models, with particular emphasis on their parameterisation. You will join a unique research environment that will allow you to perform leading research in mesoscale mechanics and the broad area of modelling metallic materials with physics-based models. You will be part of a multidisciplinary team, interacting with various researchers and working with a range of modelling techniques and experiments. You will also have opportunities for personal development and liaise with other universities and industries.

You will report to Dr Castelluccio, who leads the mesoscale group and focuses on multiscale modelling and experiments.

About You

You will be educated to doctoral level (or close to completion) in the areas of solid mechanics or materials science, with relevant experience in developing and performing crystal plasticity simulations and microstructure-sensitive modelling in finite element software such as Abaqus or Ansys. With a developing track record of publishing in high quality journals, you will also have excellent and demonstrable coding skills. Excellent communication, planning and organising and problem-solving skills are also essential in this role. Experience with modelling high strain rate materials and a background in uncertainty quantification are also desirable.

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. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

Cranfield Manufacturing and Materials has been following the ambitious strategy of developing a roadmap for Sustainable Manufacturing and Materials Sectors for 2050 by applying fundamental science and thought leadership via conceiving and maturing the concepts of Smart, Clean and Green manufacturing solutions agnostically across all sectors and through all tiers of the supply chain and with SMEs as well as OEMs. This is to support the national aspiration of Net Zero UK by 2050. We offer world-class and niche post-graduate level research, education, training and consultancy. We are unique in our multi-disciplinary approach by bringing together design, materials’ technology and management expertise. We link fundamental materials research with manufacturing to develop novel technologies and improve the science base of the manufacturing research. Our capabilities are unique, with a focus on simulation and modelling, and sustainability.  Find out more about our work here.

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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 Gustavo Castelluccio, Reader in Mesoscale Mechanics, on (E):

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: Please quote reference number 4804.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 15 May 2024


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