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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Impact Engineering - development of novel experimental techniques for the analysis of impact events between ice and titanium alloys.


Grade 7 : £32,817 - £40,322 p.a.

Closing date

Aug 23, 2021 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Impact Engineering Laboratory at the Department of Engineering Science (Begbroke Science Park).  The post is funded by Innovate UK and Rolls Royce and is a fixed-term appointment until August 2022.


This purpose of this project is to provide improved understanding of the mechanical response of titanium alloys subject to ice impact, in particular the mechanisms of damage and their effects on fatigue life. You will be responsible for characterising the strain-rate dependence of specific ice microstructures and lightweight aerospace alloys, as well as developing novel experimental and diagnostic techniques for the study of impact events between ice and titanium alloys.


You should possess a doctorate (or be near completion) in mechanical engineering, materials science, or any other related discipline, and have a good understanding of the mechanical behaviour of materials at high strain-rate. You should also have good communication skills. 


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Daniel Eakins (email:


Only online applications received before midday on 23rd 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. 

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 Keywords: impact, failure, high-rate, dynamic strength, ice

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Dan Eakins

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