Research Fellow in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Queen’s University Belfast United Kingdom

Queen’s University Belfast

Research Fellow                                                   

Ref: 18/107051

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Funded by Innovate UK, and working in collaboration with Rolls-Royce, this project running until end February 2020 is investigating novel structural designs for the integration of Power-plant, nacelle, pylon and wing systems for the next generation of commercial civil aircraft.


Together with the on-going demand for weight reductions, the development of more advanced powerplant systems requires new structural design solutions. 


Building on previous research in the School, the researcher will investigate integrated CAD and FEA modelling strategies, along with rapid structural design capabilities, to support a larger collaborative experimental programme.


The researcher will be in continual contact with the project partners, including regular visits to Rolls-Royce (in Derby, UK) and the supporting test facilities (in Cranfield, UK) during the project. The researcher will also present their work to project partners at regular technical meetings and workshops.


Applications should have a good degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, or a related science. Ideally the applicant should have experience in Finite Element Modelling and structural design.


Informal enquiries may be directed to, Dr Damian Quinn, email: or telephone: +44(0)28 9097 4186


The successful candidate must have:


• Have or be about to obtain a relevant PhD in Engineering, science or related discipline.

• 2:1 or higher degree in Engineering or relevant science

• At least 3 years’ relevant research experience including demonstrable experience in:

- Finite Element Modelling

- Structural Design methods

• Ability to contribute to broader management and administrative processes.

• Contribute to the School’s outreach programme by links with industry, community groups etc.


Salary: £33,199 per annum


Closing date: Thursday 17 January 2019


For full criteria and to apply online, visit You must clearly demonstrate how you are meeting the criteria on your application. 


For further information or assistance contact Resourcing Team, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. 


Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on


The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from people with a disability. 


Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

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