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Research Fellow in Computational Mechanics (Bio-inspired structures)

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  • Research Fellow in Computational Mechanics (Bio-inspired structures)

    A postdoctoral fellowship funded by the US Air Force is available at the University of Southampton (UK) to work in the area of computational mechanics applied to biomimetics and bio-inspired structures for military applications.

    CLOSING DATE: 18 June 2012 (Earliest starting date: July 1st 2012)


    The project will focus on the development of a numerical framework combining isogeometric non-linear finite element techniques and numerical optimisation to design, characterise and study novel bio-inspired structures.

    The position is available for an initial period of one year with the possibility to extend to 3 years and is also open to any foreign national. The starting salary range is £27,578 - £31,020 per annum.

    You should have a PhD in computational mechanics, physics, applied mathematics or related areas and your area of expertise will preferably be in at least one of the following areas:
    * non-linear continuum mechanics and associated finite element techniques,
    * numerical methods,
    * computational physics.

    Ability to develop algorithms and program in either FORTRAN, C, C++ or any scripting languages (Python, Matlab, Mathematica, etc...) is essential.

    Experience in the development/implementation of isogeometric finite element methods and/or optimisation and/or meta-modelling techniques (e.g. Bayesian inference, Kriging) would be a definite advantage.

    You will join the national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS) in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. The Centre was formed in 2008 in collaboration with the Schools of Mathematics, Medicine, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Electronics and Computer Science and the Statistical Sciences Research Institute. It is funded by EPSRC, 25 industrial partners and the University of Southampton through an investment totalling £10 Million over 5 years. nCATS's mission is to provide the next generation of underpinning technology for surfaces in relative motion within microsystems, biomedical engineering, engineering and engineering chemistry.
    You will have access to state of the art high performance computing facilities and collaborations with other research groups will be strongly encouraged.

    Dr. Georges Limbert may be contacted for informal discussions at