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Research Fellow - Towards A Digital Twin: Developing a marine corrosion model using AI

Civil, Maritime & Environmental Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017
Full Time Fixed Term (Until 30/06/2021)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 29 July 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1273120DA

You will join the Maritime Engineering Group at the University of Southampton and contribute to the project “Towards A Digital Twin: Developing a marine corrosion model using AI”. The project is closely collaborating with key stakeholders in the marine industry to develop an integrated solution to allow accurate prediction of marine structural performances and degradation in service. You will undertake the following:

  • Further develop the physics-based machine learning methodology for material degradation prediction in marine environments.
  • Contribute to the development of a ship structural model that is capable of predict life-cycle performances.
  • Writing/editing report and presenting progress at regular meetings with academic team and industrial partners.
  • Participation in impact and public engagement activities.
  • Disseminate research outcome through publications.  

This requires the Research Fellow to have the following skills and experience:

  • *PhD degree in maritime engineering or equivalent professional qualification and experience
  • Post doc experience in developing physics-based machine learning and its application in material sciences.
  • Knowledge of marine corrosion and naval architecture. 
  • Programming skills in Python. 
  • Expertise in nonlinear finite element analysis of marine structures. 

Experience in digital twin modelling is desirable but not essential.

* Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze in 2013 and 2016. We give full consideration to applicants wishing to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. 

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

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 Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 1273120DA on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Faculty of Engineering

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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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