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    The Irish National Roads Authority (NRA) will be funding a PhD/postdoctoral
    position in the School of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. The PhD
    position will be funded for three years while the postdoctoral position will
    be funded for two years.

    Project title: Experimental and Numerical Characterization of Low-Cost
    Roadside Barrier Solutions

    Summary: The current project proposes to use computational modelling
    techniques to evaluate the potential for proposed new designs that are based
    on freely available low-cost natural building materials (e.g. stone, earth

    etc.) and which meet cost, aesthetic and engineering requirements. The
    proposed designs will simultaneously be evaluated for aesthetics and
    lifecycle cost. A scaled prototype of the final proposed design will be
    produced and physically crash tested. A computational model of the scaled
    test will be developed and a comparison of the scaled and full-size
    computational model results will be used to predict the likely performance
    of the proposed new design in a future full-scale crash test.

    Candidate Profile: Candidates for the PhD position should have a Bachelor's
    degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering or a related field; a master's
    degree will be preferred.

    A strong background in Finite Element Analysis and mechanics is highly

    Candidates for the postdoctoral position must have completed all the
    requirements for a PhD in Civil or Mechanical Engineering or a related field
    by the start date. Research experience in crash modelling using MADYMO or
    similar software packages is required. Previous work in the area of crash
    barrier designing is desirable.

    The intended start date is Autumn 2010. PhD funding is only available for EU

    Interested applicants should contact Dr. Ciaran Simms (

    or Dr. Bidisha Ghosh ( at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.