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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in in Impact Engineering Experimentation for Aerospace Applications


Standard Grade 7: £35,308 - £43,155 per annum

Closing date

Jun 13, 2023 12:00PM






Postdoctoral Research Associate in Impact Engineering Experimentation for Aerospace Applications


Grade 7 £35,308- £43,155 per annum


We are seeking a highly talented and motivated researcher to contribute to the characterization of the mechanical response and ballistic performance of aluminum alloys at high rates of strain.

The date measured during the project will allow for a more comprehensive understanding and modelling of yielding and failure of novel aluminum alloys under different operating conditions and loading paths.


The desired candidate would have significant experience with experimental techniques for the characterization of the behaviour of materials at high strain rate. The successful candidate will be tasked with conducting, analysing and interpreting high strain rate and gas gun experiments, as well as with communicating the results to industrial and academic partners. The ideal candidate would also have knowledge in material modelling, data acquisition systems, development of novel diagnostics and apparatuses in experimental mechanics, temperature and environmental conditioning of materials.


You will posses 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 and significant relevant experience, with proven skills in novel research. Good knowledge of the field of materials in extreme dynamic environment in aerospace, automotive or defence sectors.  The ability to communicate scientific ideas to an expert audience, both orally and in writing (including research papers for journals) and to industrial partners.


Experience designing experimental platforms and experimental methodologies for high-rate loading and in temperature and environmental conditioning systems for experimental mechanics would be an advantage.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Dr Antonio Pellegrino (email:


Only applications received before midday on 13th June 2023 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.



Experimental mechanics, high strain rate, impulsive load, Hopkinson bar, dynamic behaviour of materials.

Contact name

Professor Antonio Pellegrino

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