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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow ITN - Novel experimental characterisation of elastic & acoustic metamaterial as produced using additive manufacturing technology

Computational Engineering & Design Group

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £31,537.37 to £35,100.82 per annum (subject to bi-annual exchange rate reviews)
Full Time Fixed Term (until 30/09/2021)
Closing Date:  Monday 01 October 2018
Interview Date:   Tuesday 27 November 2018
Reference:  1037018AK

A 3 year position in the area of novel experimental characterisation of elastic & acoustic metamaterial as produced using additive manufacturing technology. (InDEStruct ESR3) leading to a PhD is available at the University of Southampton.

For 18 months of the post you will be based at Boldrewood Campus at the University of Southampton, for the other 18 months you will be based at Vestas Aircoil in Denmark. 

You will pursue research in the highly inter-disciplinary area of structural design and optimisation. This is an exciting project lying at the interface of design & optimisation, mechanics & structural vibration, mathematical modelling, and material science.  The project will focus on the characterisation of complex structural geometries and designs with particular application to heat exchanger systems.

Specific focus of this studentship, in collaboration with Vestas Aircoil, will be on experimentally quantifying the dynamic behaviour, validating structural models of the particular geometries, developing experimental methodologies and empirical quantification for the characteristics of the joints, fastenings and structural dissipation mechanisms. A background ideally with experience in experimental measurements of vibration (modal testing), structural vibration/dynamics and experience of programming in Matlab, Python or similar is desirable.

Dr Neil Ferguson and Professor Atul Bhaskar within the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment are the academic supervisors. Additionally, there will be industrial co-supervisors from Vestas Aircoil.

Essential criteria

Desirable criteria:

  • A master’s degree in a numerate discipline (engineering, applied mathematics, physics, or theoretical chemistry)
  • Interest or previous experience in carrying out laboratory experiments

Applicants shall, at the time of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate.

At the time of recruitment, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

We offer:

  • Competitive salary in a 3 year full time position
  • Mobility allowance as per rules
  • An exciting training environment at the University of Southampton and the other industrial partner organisations

University of Southampton is ranked in the top 1% of the universities worldwide with particular strengths in sciences and engineering.

In the last sections of the application form where you have the opportunity to add supporting documents, please attach the following:

  • CV (summarizing education, positions held and academic work - scientific publications)
  • A 1-page Personal Statement detailing your reasons for applying, research interests, research experience, academic achievements and career ambitions.
  • Copies of educational and English Test certificates and transcript of records
  • List of publications, if any

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at www.jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Georgie Warren (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 7749. Please quote reference 1037018AK on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Faculty of Engineering and the Environment

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.


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