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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Mechanical Identification of Masonry


Grade 7 : £32,817 - £40,322 p.a.

Closing date

Aug 09, 2021 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Mechanical Identification of Masonry to join the Civil Engineering research group at the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford). The post is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and is fixed-term for 36 months, starting from 1 November 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.


The successful candidate will contribute to the MINT (Masonry In-situ Testing and Identification) project, which will develop a new in-situ testing method to identify the key mechanical properties of historic masonry materials. This method will combine unconventional flat jack testing with digital image correlation based strain measurements and efficient material identification algorithms to overcome the limitations of standard material characterisation techniques.  The Postdoctoral Research Assistant will play a leading role in the formulation of the mechanical identification procedures from first principles and its validation with multi-physics numerical simulators and laboratory experiments on masonry walls.


We are looking for candidates who hold (or are near to completion of) a relevant PhD/DPhil, along with appropriate experience. The candidate will need to be able to conduct challenging theoretical and experimental work on a range of subjects related to masonry, imaging and mechanical identification.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Sinan Acikgoz (email:


Only online applications received before midday on 9th August 2021 can be considered. 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.


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

Contact name

Professor Sinan Acikgoz

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