Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Multi-Scale Analysis of Composites

Bristol, United Kingdom
08 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

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 multi-scale numerical tools for the prediction of failure of composite materials and structures, based on a sound physical understanding of the underlying damage mechanisms. 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.

This role is being advertised on a full time, open-ended contract for up to 2 years.

For Research/Academic enquiries, please contact: Stephen Hallett:                    

For General/administrative enquiries, please contact: Hajnal Farkas:                                            

The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities.

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