Research Assistant/Associate in Mechanics of Multilattices (Experimental) (Fixed Term) University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering United Kingdom

Research Assistant/Associate in Mechanics of Multilattices (Experimental) (Fixed Term)

There is a research opening for a Research Associate in the Department of Engineering at the post-doctoral level (or a researcher who is close to obtaining their PhD), to work on lattice materials.


The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.


There is an opportunity to invent interpenetrating soft lattice materials which can actuate, for example by infiltration with a fluid, in order to design materials of any given stiffness, strength and toughness. Currently, lattice materials, such as the 2D honeycomb and the 3D octet truss, exist in a single material on a single length scale. The challenge is to fill the intervening gaps in the lattice with a second lattice in order to improve the macroscopic properties. The new lattices will be invented, manufactured and tested by the post holder. There is an optimisation step of the generation of a multiphase lattice that gives any desired macroscopic stress-strain response, fracture toughness and so on.


The key responsibilities and duties are to conduct experimental research into the mechanics of lattices. The role holder is also expected to take part in collaborative work, contribute to seminars, take part in the research group's activities, publish in the open literature, and liaise with the sponsors.


The successful candidate must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Mechanics of Materials or related subject. They will have working experience of experimental solid mechanics and ideally previous research on modern manufacture and test methods, with an interest in materials optimisation, and a publication record.


Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.


Salary Ranges:
Research Assistant: £26,243 - £30,395
Research Associate: £32,236 - £39,609


Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2020 in the first instance.


Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.


Ensure that you upload your CV, covering letter and publication list in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload additional documents not requested, they will not be considered as part of your application. Submit your application by midnight on the closing date.


For questions about this vacancy or the application process, contact: Hilde Hambro-Fernandez, Group Administrator, email (Tel +01223 748 243).


Please quote reference NM17792 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


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