27/11/2019
The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

ENHANCE MSCA ITN: ESR position in Health Monitoring & Lifecycle Management of Advanced Aerospace Composite Structures


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Nottingham
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringAerospace engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    29/02/2020 23:00 - Europe/London
  • LOCATION
    United Kingdom › Nottingham
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    36.25
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/06/2020
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    ENG1311MSCA
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    859957

Salary £38,866-£48,714 in accordance with the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions financial guidelines for this scheme

Applications are invited to work as part of a European-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN), “ENHANCE”. Successful applicants will also register for a PhD at the University of Nottingham.

Failure of aerospace structures can be life-threatening for passengers and financially catastrophic for the operator and the manufacturer. This is the main reason for which a large part of an aircraft’s lifecycle and operating cost is spent on inspecting its structural integrity on the ground. On-line detection and characterization of minor failures within composite aerospace structures can lead to a radical reduction of this cost. Computing the wave propagation characteristics through structural damage can be a computationally challenging task.

The successful applicant will be expected to make significant contributions to the development of wave interaction modelling tools as well as robust damage identification and prognosis tools for complex composites and potentially additive manufactured structures.

Candidates must be in possession of (or expected to obtain) a first class or a 2:1 degree in mechanical/aerospace engineering, applied mathematics/physics or a relevant discipline and have a sound background in dynamics of solids and/or composite structures numerical modelling.

Candidates will also be required to meet the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria: (ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions). At point of appointment candidates must have had less than four years full-time equivalent research experience and must not have already obtained a PhD. Additionally, they must meet the Mobility Rule and not have resided in the host country (UK) for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before beginning the ESR position.

This full-time post will be available from June 2020 and is offered on a fixed-term 36 month contract. The post benefits from a highly competitive salary, including a mobility allowance and a family allowances where applicable.

The University of Nottingham values diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity. The University holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing women’s careers in science. You can read more about what this means at: http://www.athenaswan.org.uk.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Dimitrios Chronopoulos (Dimitrios.chronopoulos@nottingham.ac.uk). Please note that applications sent directly to these email addresses will not be accepted; applications for the position must be made through the University’s online application system.

Benefits

ENHANCE offers:
  • Generously funded ESR positions for 36 month
  • High profile research projects in an Innovative Training Network 
  • Excellent facilities for research and education
  • Research training in both academic and industrial settings
  • Training in state-of-the-art scientific and transferable skills
  • Intensive contacts with international collaborators & secondments in other research institutions

Eligibility criteria

Full Eligibility Criteria; Role Profiles & instructions on how to apply are to be found here: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/ENG1311

Applicants must meet Eligibility criteria for Early Stage Researchers in Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITNs, as per: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2014_2015/main/h2020-wp1415-msca_en.pdf

The University has developed a clear set of core expectations and behaviours that our people should be demonstrating in their work, and as ambassadors of the University’s strategy, vision and values. The following are essential to the role:

Valuing people

Understands that it is essential to provide a structure that people can thrive in. Knows how to communicate with people to create a healthy working environment and get the best out of people.

Taking ownership

Communicates vision clearly, providing direction and focus. Knows how to create a productive environment where people are inspired and can work cross-departmentally in partnership.

Forward thinking

Has the ambition to be a pioneer in own area, anticipating the future change, needs and challenges. Knows how to innovate within their work context and champions others to be inspired to be part of this ambition

Professional pride

Keeps up to date on latest thinking, trends and work practices. Supports team to be thought leaders; willing to challenge if obstacles get in the way.

Always inclusive

Establishes far reaching partnerships, well beyond own area across a broad range of networks. Understand role to pay due regard to the needs of the whole community.

Selection process

The University of Nottingham is focused on embedding equality, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. As part of this, we welcome a diverse population to join our work force and therefore encourage applicants from all communities, particularly those with protected characteristics under the UK Equality Act 2010.

The university is committed to a fair; equitable & transparent recruitment process. Informal inquiries should be addressed to Dr Dimitrios Chronopoulos (Dimitrios.chronopoulos@nottingham.ac.uk). Please note that applications sent directly to this email addresses will not be accepted; applications for the position must be made through the University’s online application system.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

Person Specification

 

Essential

Desirable

Skills

  • Good communication skills, both orally and in written English, laying groundwork for the preparation of scientific articles and presentation of research at network meetings and conferences
  • Basic laboratory skills (safe operating practice) and use of instrumentation.
  • Expertise in wave modelling
  • Strong programming skills in C++ or equivalent.

Knowledge and experience

  • Research experience in a relevant area (see above).
  • Scientific writing
  • Oral presentations
  • Data analysis
  • Computer programming

Qualifications, certification and training (relevant to role)

  • Excellent Masters Degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Civil/ Mechanical/ Aerospace Engineering or Applied Maths), enabling the candidate to register for a doctoral degree

 

Statutory, legal or special requirements

Eligibility criteria for Early Stage Researchers in Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITNs

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2014_2015/main/h2020-wp1415-msca_en.pdf

 

Specific Requirements

Purpose of Role

Failure of aerospace structures can be life-threatening for passengers and financially catastrophic for the operator and the manufacturer. This is the main reason for which a large part of an aircraft’s lifecycle and operating cost is spent on inspecting its structural integrity on the ground. On-line detection and characterization of minor failures within composite aerospace structures can lead to a radical reduction of this cost. Computing the wave propagation characteristics through structural damage can be a computationally challenging task.

The successful applicant will be expected to make significant contributions to the development of wave interaction modelling tools as well as robust damage identification and prognosis tools for complex composites and potentially additive manufactured structures.

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