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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Contact Mechanics in High-Performance Computing Simulations for Aerospace Applications


Grade 7 : £30,309 - £40,927 p.a.

Closing date

Nov 04, 2021 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Contact Mechanics to join a team of researchers focused on investigation of temperature and rate dependent frictional contact aimed for execution within simulations implemented to operate on high performance computing (HPC) platforms for high-performance aerospace applications.  The successful candidate will become a member of the Impact and Shock Mechanics Team, an integral part of Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering Group at the Department of Engineering Science (University of Oxford Begbroke Science Park). The post is funded for a fixed-term of 2 years in the first instance.


You will have a doctorate (Ph.D/D.Phil) in a relevant discipline (e.g. Engineering, Materials Science, Physics or Mathematics) or be very near to completion and demonstrable excellent computer programming skills (e.g. MATLAB, C/C++, Python, FORTRAN). Demonstrable knowledge and research experience in the development of algorithms and numerical modelling is also required. (full details can be found on the job description).


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Nik Petrinic (email:


Only applications received before midday on 4th November 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. 



Numerical Modelling of Multi-Body Interaction, Computational Contact Mechanics.

Contact name

Professor Nik Petrinic

Contact email