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Research Fellow

Engineering Mats & Surface Engineerg Gp

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £29,301 to £30,175 per annum
Full Time - Fixed Term until 30/09/2019
Closing Date:  Friday 12 May 2017
Interview Date:   Monday 05 June 2017
Reference:  848217BX

About the Role

This is a unique opportunity to take part in the PhotoDyn project ( which aims at exploring a new paradigm in high strain rate testing of materials based on ultra-high speed deformation imaging and inverse identification.

The project team currently consists of Professor Fabrice Pierron, three post-doctoral researchers and two PhD students. We are looking for a new researcher to cover the field of polymers and adhesives, both with direct impact and ultrasonic tests.

Main roles and responsibilities

The main role consists in exploring the design of new inertial tests for polymers and adhesives. Explicit dynamics numerical simulations will be undertaken to explore the design space. Synthetic image deformation algorithms will be employed to realistically simulate images and the grid method ( will be used to calculate displacements, from which strains and accelerations will be derived. The Virtual Fields Method will then be used to identify the material parameters.

The successful applicant will be in charge of the experimental implementation of these new tests, using either our gas gun facility for direct impact, or ultrasonic excitation (see

Qualifications, Experience, Skills Required

The profile for the candidate is:

  • PhD or equivalent professional qualification and experience in mechanical engineering*
  • Demonstrable excellence in spoken and written English language

In addition, the following would be advantageous:

  • Expertise in high strain rate testing of materials.
  • Experience in full-field strain measurements and high speed imaging.
  • Knowledge of polymer mechanical behaviour.


It is anticipated that interview will be held end of May or early June.

Informal enquiries to Professor Fabrice Pierron, +44 (0)2380 592891,

About the University

The University of Southampton is an institution in the top one per cent of world universities** and one of the UK’s top 15 research-intensive universities.  We have an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise. 

About the Faculty

You will join a leading Engineering Faculty with an excellent record of collaborative research with industry and academic institutions in the UK and abroad.  In September 2013 an Athena SWAN Bronze award was received in recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science and engineering.

The Faculty offers exceptional research facilities in the areas of fluids, structures and their interactions, including a new world-class fluid dynamics facilities complex in the Boldrewood Engineering Campus, complete with a 138m towing tank. 

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 848217BX on all correspondence.

* 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 assigned.

**QS World University Rankings 2012-13

Please note the University will be closed from Thursday 13th of April 2017 to Tuesday 18th of April 2017 inclusive, so we will not be able to assist you with any application queries during this time.

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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