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Research Assistant in Mechanics of Multilattices

University of Cambridge is delighted to offer a postdoc position. The deadline to apply is November 16, 2018.

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to conduct research into Mechanics of Multilattices.

The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge, UK.

There is an opportunity to invent interpenetrating lattice materials in order to design SOFT and HARD meta-materials of any given stiffness, strength and toughness. The actuation response due to seepage of a liquid through the lattice needs to be modelled by making use of experimental results from within the group. Currently, lattice materials, such as the 2D honeycomb and the 3D octet truss, exist in a single material on a single length scale. The challenge is to fill the intervening gaps in the lattice with a second lattice in order to improve the macroscopic properties. The new lattices will be manufactured and tested by a collaborator within the group. There is an optimisation step of the generation of a multiphase lattice that gives any desired macroscopic stress-strain response, fracture toughness etc.

There is an opening for a Researcher at post-doctoral level, with experience of solid mechanics and ideally with previous research on optimisation methods. The successful candidate must have obtained (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Mechanics of Materials.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Key responsibilities and duties are to conduct numerical research into the mechanics of lattices. The role holder is also expected to take part in collaborative work, contribute to seminars, take part in the research group’s activities and publish articles.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2020 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae, list of publications and covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, contact: Hilde Hambro-Fernandez, Administrator, email hh463@cam.ac.uk (Tel +01223 748 243).


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