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Postdoc Position in Experimental Study of Engine Seal Flutter

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to join Imperial College London. The funding allows successful candidates to work for 36 months in the first instance. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before November 04, 2018.

The Dynamics Group at Imperial College London is looking to hire a Research Associate to work on their ARIAS research and innovation project. Funded by the Commission of the European Communities through Horizon 2020, this project aims to develop and validate multi-disciplinary design tools that address key isolated or clustered industrial problems with low degree of confidence that need presently extensive experimental verification.

The interaction of three distinct aeronautical sub-systems (compressor, low-pressure turbine and seals) are not well characterised, leading to inefficient designs or unwanted blade vibration. Previous projects have revealed the need for coupled flutter and forced response methods, and our ARIAS project seeks to provide deeper insight into aeromechanical technologies for more sophisticated and break-through coupled analyses, measurements and vibration mitigations. We expect to progress our understanding of flutter and forced response, and the develop new higher fidelity analytical tools which will enable the design of more efficient and safer aircraft engines. The project will also contribute to a world-wide unique "MOOC-type" on-line learning material on aeromechanics, involving academic and industrial partners.

You will be working with the other Research and Technical staff in the Dynamics group to:

At minimum, you must be close to completing a PhD in a relevant field of study and have a practical understanding of linear vibration analysis. You should also have experience of working within a research environment, with publications in relevant and refereed journals. Experience in fluid dynamic analysis and in constructing test rigs would be considered an advantage. This is a fixed term position for up to 36 months in the first instance. Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range 33,380 – 35,061 per annum.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr Christoph Schwingshackl at c.schwingshackl@imperial.ac.uk.

Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please click "APPLY NOW" to go through to the online application form. Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Miss Helen Stoneham at h.stoneham@imperial.ac.uk.

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