Research Associate or Senior Research Associate in Analysis of Composite Materials and Structures 

Bristol , City of Bristol (GB)
02 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
04 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Associate or Senior Research Associate in Analysis of Composite Materials and Structures 

Job number   ACAD102942 
Division/School  Faculty of Engineering 
Contract type   Open ended contract staff 
Working pattern  Full time 
Salary   £32,548 - £41,212 
Closing date for applications  04-Dec-2017 

As part of the Composites University Technology Centre (UTC) at the University of Bristol, supported by Rolls-Royce, there is an exciting opportunity to join a strong team, developing state of the art numerical methods to aid the design of composite aircraft engine components. Such components require complex geometries and fibre architectures both for aerodynamics and structural integration. In service they are likely to see a variety of challenging loading and environmental conditions, which risk causing material and structural failure. 
This post will develop new numerical tools for the prediction of failure of composite materials and structures, based on a sound physical understanding of the underlying damage mechanisms. A particular focus will be on environmental effects, such as temperature and moisture. The work will run in close collaboration with researchers conducting experimental testing, which will provide essential information for model generation and validation. High quality numerical analysis is a crucial part of the process of understanding the failure process in composite materials and structures.

Based in the recently launched Bristol Composites Institute – the Advanced Composites Collaboration for Innovation and Science (ACCIS), within the Department of Aerospace Engineering, you will work on development of custom written codes to build complex models, application of commercial finite element software and development of user subroutines, reporting on results internally and to the industrial partner. You will have a PhD in Engineering / Materials Science (or closely related discipline) and good experience of finite element analysis techniques, programming and composites failure mechanisms.
Informal enquiries can be made to: Mrs Katie Drury: and Professor Stephen Hallet: