We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on research related to material testing, characterisation, and numerical modelling of fibre reinforced polymeric composites for wave energy devices in support of the EPSRC-funded project: Flexible Responsive Systems in Wave Energy (FlexWave). You will be working within the MATS Research Group in the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics. The FlexWave project will test the research hypothesis that the use of Flexible Responsive Systems in Wave Energy will lead to a step change reduction in cost and provide a pathway to cost competitive, scalable wave energy converters.
The role is focused on the investigation of marine environmental effects on the fatigue performance of hot-vulcanised reinforced elastomers that require specialist tooling and reinforcements infused using liquid compounds such as liquid natural rubber or polyurethane. You will assess the availability and manufacturing process of materials for this application, and perform experimental investigation on seawater diffusion, biaxial fatigue testing and material inspection. Numerical modelling will be conducted incorporating the cyclic loading history of wave energy devices from COAST laboratory. You will work within a multi-disciplinary team of researchers at the Universities of Plymouth, Southampton and Oxford, investigating the hydrodynamics, materials performance and novel use of origami-based flexible structures. This role requires specialist knowledge and experience of mechanical test, material characterisation and Finite Element Analysis.
For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact Deborah Greaves by email firstname.lastname@example.org
We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development opportunities.
This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week on a fixed-term basis for a period of 28 months due to funding.
Flexible working options including job share will be considered.
Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the University is currently implementing a number of safety measures as per Government advice therefore the successful applicant may be required to work from home in the first instance.
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