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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow ITN - Computational Modelling of complex structures and structured materials

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

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 31/03/2022)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 27 February 2019
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1037118AK-R

A position in the area of Computational structural mechanics and metamaterials inspired by additive manufacturing (InDESTruct ESR2) 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 structural design and optimisation of heat exchanger system.

The doctoral work will require modelling of structures for stiffness, strength and vibration in order to provide input to the structural design. Modelling of vibration in periodic structures leading to exploitation of their meta-material behavior will be sought. The structural dynamic design will also account for any possible adverse structural response due to periodicity of the structure coupled by the intrinsic disorder due to manufacturing and other imperfections. The activity will tie up smoothly with additive manufacturing of novel geometries, especially for use as structural/acoustic metamaterials. A strong background in computational structural dynamics and mathematical analysis of structural problems is desirable.

Professor Atul Bhaskar and Dr Maryam Ghandchi-Tehrani within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences 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 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:

  • 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 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 1037118AK-R 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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