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  • Vacancy (1) Vehicle Safety Transport Research Lab. (UK)

    JOB 1: THE TRANSPORT RESEARCH LABORATORY (UK) IS SEEKING TO RECRUIT A
    MEMBER OF STAFF AT PROJECT MANAGEMENT LEVEL TO WORK ON BIOMECHANICAL BASED
    PROJECTS

    The Transport Research Laboratory (http://trl.co.uk) has been at the
    vanguard of Vehicle Safety research for over 40 years. TRL is expanding its
    activities in research, technical support, consultancy and testing for
    industry. TRL undertakes major UK and international research. The
    laboratory is located in a fairly rural area in the south east of England
    about 40 miles west of London. Until 1996, TRL was the research arm of the
    UK Department of Transport and is now an independent research laboratory.
    TRL has a large indoor impact test facility capable of carrying out full
    scale moving car to moving car and car to block impacts. It can also be
    configured to carry out large vehicle to large object tests externally
    (lorries into bridge parapets etc.). In addition TRL has two impact sled
    facilities plus a large capability for other smaller scale impact tests.
    All of this work can be supported by computer simulation.

    Within the Vehicle Safety area of research, TRL has a vacancy for a
    scientist/engineer to lead research projects in the Biomechanics and
    Occupant Protection area on the reduction in the incidence and severity of
    traumatic injury in vehicle accidents. The work involves the development
    and evaluation of automotive crash test dummies, both adult and child, for
    front and side impacts. Current projects include the evaluation of advanced
    frontal and side impact dummies and studies into the mechanisms of varying
    types of injury, particularly to the lower extremity, spine and head and,
    for some projects, we work closely with medical researchers.

    Applicants should have a good fundamental knowledge of physics or
    mechanical engineering at first or higher degree level and have a strong
    desire to be involved and lead research activities.

    Tasks to be performed include
    Developing new customers and research topics
    Proposing, planning and costing new projects.
    Managing projects, producing invoices and reports as appropriate.
    Overseeing impact tests.
    Giving guidance on impact instrumentation, high-speed data capture, data
    analysis and interpretation, including statistical analysis.
    Preparing written reports with oral reporting to customers, UK and
    international meetings/conferences.

    Skills that are likely to be necessary
    Ability to communicate well in English, oral and written.
    Ability to work unsupervised as well as in a team leadership situation.
    Computer literate (Windows based operating environment, Email, Internet,
    Word, MS Project, Excel)
    Experience at planning and managing research projects and teams
    Reporting and making presentations

    Skills that would be advantageous
    An interest in automotive safety, vehicles and dynamics, etc.
    Mechanical system design (AutoCAD)
    Electronic high-speed data capture systems and instrumentation
    (accelerometers, force and displacement transducers. PROSIG,
    Kayser-Threade)
    Data Analysis (DATS+, DIA, SPSS, Excel, FoxPro)
    Knowledge of computer modelling methods (FEM - DYNA3D, MADYMO)
    Knowledge of human anatomy, injuries and their causes.
    A knowledge of another European language.

    Starting salaries will be depending upon qualifications and experience.

    Please let us know if you are not and EC national.

    Contact Bill Newton (wnewton@trl.co.uk) Transport Research Laboratory, Old
    Wokingham Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 6AU, Tel +44 (0) 1344 770219,
    Fax +44 (0) 1344 770356

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