The Transport Research Laboratory ( 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,
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 ( Transport Research Laboratory, Old
Wokingham Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 6AU, Tel +44 (0) 1344 770219,
Fax +44 (0) 1344 770356

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