Research Associate in Novel mathematical modelling of the mechanical behaviour of complex nonlinear composites

Closing Date : 20/12/2016
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : 1 February 2017 until 31 January 2019
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
School/Directorate : School of Mathematics
Division : -
Hours Per week : 1 FTE
Salary : £31,076 to £38,183 per annum
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-09222

The School of Mathematics invites applications for a Research Associate based in the School of Mathematics within the Waves in Complex Continua research group. You will undertake research into the constitutive behaviour of complex nonlinear elastic materials under load, as well as their dynamic behaviour at fixed load. The focus here is on so-called microsphere composites, often also known as syntactic foams. The main objective of the project is to build models that are capable of predicting the load and unload response of such microsphere composite materials and to understand their dynamic behaviour at fixed load, informed by the associated experimental project involving imaging and constitutive mechanical testing. The project will also be informed by industrial collaborators.

You will be expected to work closely with the associated experimental postdoctoral research associate and communicate effectively with industrial partners.

The Waves in Complex Continua group has broad research interests in metamaterials, wave propagation and scattering in fluids and solids with applications including aero and hydroacoustics,  elastodynamics, and industrial and biological composite materials. Other activity in physical applied mathematics within the School of Mathematics includes areas such as high Reynolds number and experimental fluid dynamics, fluid-structure interactions, granular materials, inverse problems and combustion theory.

You should have, or be working towards, a PhD level qualification, or equivalent experience, in applied mathematics or a related discipline. Experience of research in the field of continuum mechanics and wave mechanics is essential, and some knowledge of nonlinear elasticity would be highly advantageous. You must have knowledge of skills commensurate with the intended analyses and should be capable of working under their own initiative. You will work as part of a larger team comprising experimentalists and industrial collaborators, so excellent communication and organisational skills are required.

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor William Parnell


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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