Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Inspection and Maintenance Engineering

Cranfield, Bedford
15 May 2018
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17 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Here at Cranfield, we can offer you the opportunity and resources to really develop your career. Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

The School of Water, Energy and Environment leads in delivering Cranfield’s Mission within Water, Energy and Power, and Environment and Agrifood. The School is committed to leading in its areas of expertise through investing in world class staff and facilities over the long term.

The Offshore Energy Engineering Centre has core capabilities in design, simulation and development of Renewable Energy Technologies. “Inspection and Maintenance” is a growing field of research at the Centre which aims to address challenges facing Asset Integrity Management (AIM) in the energy and power sectors.

You will work on a project funded by EPSRC to develop analytical and laboratory experimental methods for estimating the remaining useful life (RUL) and optimising risk-based inspection (RBI) and preventive maintenance (PM) strategies to extend the lifetime of fixed and floating offshore wind energy structures. The specific remit of this role is to develop diagnostic and prognostic tools to understand why and how such structures degrade over time, and provide intelligent condition monitoring solutions to improve reliability and make cost-effective operation and maintenance (O&M) decisions over the lifecycle.

You will have a PhD (or close to completion) in Mechanical, Civil or Structural Engineering (or related subjects such as Offshore Engineering or Renewable Energy Engineering) coupled with a good background in applied mathematics and proven expertise in advanced optimisation, risk and reliability, and real-time data analytics. A wide knowledge of computing algorithms and programming languages is also essential.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Mahmood Shafiee, Lecturer in Engineering Risk Analysis, on (T); +44 (0)1234 75 8326 or (E);

At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential.

Your career at Cranfield will be enhanced through access to fully equipped shared laboratory and pilot facilities, extensive research and business training through our learning and development team and doctoral training centres in a collegiate and supportive environment.