Postdoc Position on Topological Optimization of Friction Joints for Vibration Absorption

Imperial College London, UK is inviting applicants to apply for a postdoctoral scholar position in mechanical engineering. The initial contract for this position is 18 months. The deadline for applying is December 16, 2018.

The dynamics of structures with joints can be nonlinear due to the nature of the highly localised friction forces at the contact interface. The nonlinear nature of joints can be used to absorb the vibration of the components. This property is used in aircraft engine to damp vibration of bladed-disk by added underplatform dampers.

The Dynamics and Vibration UTC group at Imperial College London are looking to hire a Research Associate with experience in nonlinear vibration to develop a topological optimisation tool to design robust joints for vibration absorption.

Your primary aim will be to develop a strategy for robust design of friction joint using surrogate modelling and topological optimization.

You will have a PhD orequivalent(or near completion of PhD) in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience.

An experience in robust design and kriging technique will be an asset.

This is a fixed term position for up to 18 months in the first instance. This position is likely to begin in February 2019.

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 Loic Salles at

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

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