Researcher in Composite Materials
University of Derby
Derby, United Kingdom
8d ago

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A Researcher is sought to work on the Clean Sky 2 Project MATRIX : Improved method to analyse composite materials suitable for SLP (single load path) structures with the aim of reducing the impact on the required experimental testing campaign.

The Clean Sky 2 project is led by Fokker Landing Gear (GKN Group).

MATRIX Project intends to address the economic challenge posed by the airworthiness certification for composite SLP structures in FAR 25, by developing an optimised approach to analyse, test and validate a large number of innovative materials suitable for HECOLAG purpose.

The Candidate

You will be expected to demonstrate research leadership across a portfolio of projects in the field of design, damage mechanics, testing in the context of structural integrity of composite structures.

You will collaborate closely with internal and external colleagues in order to define, plan, deliver and report on a variety of research projects.

You will report and communicate your research outputs in journal papers, conferences and at workshops and meetings with academic organisations and industrial project partners.

You will have a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science (or closely related discipline) and show significant evidence of having developed and then delivered high-

quality research projects in an academic and / or industrial context. You will have an excellent record of relevant publications in academic journals, with a focus on areas such as numerical modelling or development and / or experience on relevant structural integrity topics such as : multi-

scale modelling, damage, fracture, fatigue. Experience in one or more of the following areas is essential :

  • Finite element analysis using ABAQUS .
  • Programming languages (e.g. Fortran, Python).
  • Experience in writing user-defined subroutines applied to composite and / or advanced materials.
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable :

  • Experience in uncertainty quantification.
  • Mechanical testing of composite materials.
  • This position is being offered on a full time basis and will be available from June 2020 for total duration of 24 months.

    For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Angelo R Maligno; email :

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