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Marie Curie Research Fellow


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £29,301 to £36,001 According to the Marie Curie ITN –EID Rules
Full Time Fixed Term up until 31.12.2018
Closing Date:   Friday 31 March 2017
Interview Date:   Monday 24 April 2017
Reference:  755816FP-R2

A Marie Curie Research Fellow is required to work on the understanding of carbon fibre composite degradation under the (non-linear) effects of lightning strike.  This will involve the development of coupled electro-thermal models to describe the degradation process and to allow enhancement of engineering design capabilities by increasing understanding of the design criteria that limit the degradation effects of a direct lightning strike on a CFC wind turbine blade. 

Ideally you will have an excellent first degree in either Physics, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering and wish to register for PhD studies.  This post is funded under the ERC Marie Curie-Sklodowska Innovative Training Network Programme and has the added requirement that appointees must not have spent more than 12 months in the UK over the last 3 years.

The aim of this research project is to generate numerical model that accurately describes the (non-linear) effects of lightning impact on Carbon Fibre Composites based on a range of characterisation measurements undertaken on test samples and high current testing to produce damage similar to one under lightning strike. This will involve the development of coupled electro-thermal model to describe the degradation process and to allow enhancement of engineering design capabilities by increasing understanding of the design criteria that limit the degradation effects of a direct lightning strike on a wind turbine blade. The modelling activities cover thermal plasma model for lightning channel, simulation of electric current flow phenomena in composite panels, heat transfer in anisotropic composites and damage due to thermal degradation and mechanical stresses. The project instigates expertise development in mathematical modelling of complex phenomena, numerical algorithms and their software implementations, experimental validation and visualization of modelling results. A person employed on this project will be involved in the university research as well as industrial developments of new products. It gives a unique opportunity to develop a very wide range of skills with career prospects in both industry and academia. The prospective jobs include high technology companies from the aerospace, electric power networks and wind power industries. Others jobs are in composites materials sector and academia. As such, applications would be welcome from candidates holding good degrees (1st class or 2:1 honours) in physics, electrical or mechanical engineering. Candidates for this project should ideally have a background in electrical, thermal, mechanical engineering or physics with a range of practical skills but with particular interest in computer-based modelling.

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The vacancy will close at midnight on the closing date as shown above.

References are requested along with your application. This reference system is automated so please ensure you provide the correct email address and allow time for these to be received, prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting.

If you need any assistance, please call Suzanne Stone (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0)23 8059 4043. Please quote reference 755816FP-R2 on all correspondence.  

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