Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Impact Engineering with Composite Materials for Aerospace Applications (2 posts)


Grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322 p.a.

Closing date

Feb 13, 2020 12:00PM


We are seeking two full-time Postdoctoral Research Associates in Impact Engineering to join a team of researchers focused on investigation of pressure and strain rate dependent behaviour of composite materials for high-performance aerospace applications within the Impact Engineering Team, an integral part of the Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering Group at the Department of Engineering Science (University of Oxford Begbroke Science Park). The post is funded by Innovate UK for a fixed-term of 2 years in the first instance.

You will be responsible for the execution of experiments and/or the development of deterministic and/or probabilistic integrated experimental and numerical simulation techniques aimed at predictive modelling of the response of materials subjected to impact loading, such as those imposed during fan blade containment; the development of supporting experimental techniques; the writing of progress reports and journal publications and the production of documented software and experimental procedures.

You will have a doctorate (or be very near to completion) in engineering, materials science, mathematics, physics or a related discipline; or, alternatively, have a good first degree (or Masters) and significant relevant experience. Strong knowledge of the mechanical behaviour, deformation, damage and failure of unidirectionally reinforced laminated composite materials and the intrinsic interfaces within their heterogeneous topology, as well as along adhesively bonded interfaces in hybrid designs for applications in aerospace, automotive or defence applications. You will need experience in experimental assessment and/or development of numerical (constitutive and/or cohesive and/or contact) algorithms for simulation of the deformation and failure of engineering materials subjected to dynamic loading. The ability to communicate scientific ideas to an expert audience, both orally and in writing (including research papers for journals) and to industrial partners with good knowledge of the mechanical behaviour, deformation, damage and failure of woven composite materials; and/or ability to develop experimental capabilities using LabView and Matlab software; and/or would be advantageous.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Nik Petrinic (

You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 13 February 2020 can be considered.

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

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Professor N Petrinic

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