UK: Post Doctoral Research Position at University of Bath in Architecture & Civil Engineering.

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Salary: Starting from £30,424, rising to £36,298
Closing Date: Sunday 15 September 2013
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: RJ1814
Description: Applications are invited for an EPSRC-funded Research Assistant, working with Dr Mark Evernden in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath, in order to participate in an EPSRC funded research project, Providing Confidence in Durable Composites (DURACOMP) –
DURACOMP is a close collaboration between six universities (Warwick, Bristol, Glasgow, Bath, Leeds and Newcastle) with significant experience in research into composite materials and computational modelling, working together to combine and apply their expertise investigating the long-term degradation processes of construction composites to enhance confidence in their durability.

The objectives of DURACOMP are:

• develop an innovative radical multi-scale analysis framework to provide confidence in durable composite structures;

• develop a reliability analysis for composite materials and structures subject to epistemic and stochastic uncertainty;

• conduct novel structural-level characterisation tests, informed by selected material-level tests, to obtain properties required for the lifetime prediction analyses;

• develop a new paradigm of testing and analysis methods to enable composite structures to be assessed, in the shortest practical timeframe, for their suitability in Ground and Structural Engineering projects over service lives appropriate to the application.

The post holder will be expected to undertake a rigours programme of material characterisation in order to determine properties required for the numerical simulation work at Glasgow and Newcastle University, as well as identification and quantification of degradation mechanisms and their influence upon material durability in the natural environment.

Eligibility: In addition the post holder is required to assist in the design and management of the testing programme, to contribute to publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and to present at national and international meetings. There will be further characterisation work for DURACOMP at the universities of Bristol and Warwick and the post holder will collaborate with these researchers.Successful candidates will be expected to hold a PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline and have if possible, experience of research relevant to experimental testing techniques, material characterisation, composite materials, degradation mechanisms, and a record of research publications.

Duration: This is a 2 year fixed-term post.

Informal enquiries: can be made to Dr. Mark Evernden +44 (0) 1225 386537. Please ensure that your application is submitted online through the University of Bath website.

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