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4 Post-docs, 2 PhD studentships - Isogeometric, Meshless, Multiscale Methods, XFEM

(Closing date:

15 December 2011)
£24370 - £28251 per annum (Grade 5), £29972 - £35788
per annum (Grade 6). 3 posts

(Closing date:

09 January 2012)
£33138 per annum £50,467 per annum + monthly mobility allowance

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Marie Curie Fellows in Computational Mechanics



Curie Early Stage Researchers in Computational Mechanics (2 posts)

Curie Experienced Researcher in Computational Mechanics (1 post)



Cardiff School of Engineering


The objective is to develop and implement next generation methods to allow more
efficient and cost-effective analysis, simulation and design of engineering
products. The programme addresses the most urgent issues relating to CAD feature
processing; pre-processing and mesh generation; numerical analysis/CAE; and
Voxel based analysis.


these goals requires a strong collaboration between universities and companies,
which is reflected in the composition of our team.
You will
join the research group led by Prof. Stéphane Bordas within the Institute of
Mechanics and Advanced Materials (iMAM) at Cardiff School of Engineering. You
will also have the opportunity to
be involved in other related research
projects led by Prof. Bordas and Dr. Pierre Kerfriden.

You will
have gained a first class degree from a leading university in Engineering,
Computer Science or Mathematics. An MS
c in Engineering, Computer
Science, Mathematics or Physics would be desirable.
You will have experience in computational mechanics and prior involvement
in leading competitive research and contributing to publications in this area.
You will possess excellent organisational skills with a proven ability to
prioritise and meet deadlines.


These posts
carry stipulations relating to qualifications, research experience and
laid down by the European Marie Curie Initial Training Network
(FP7-People programme). These conditions may affect your eligibility to apply.
Please refer to Section 3 (Person Specification) of the relevant Job
Description for more details.


For further information, please email Prof. Bordas or Dr. Kerfrieden.

Early Stage Researcher posts are fixed-term for 3 years, the Experienced
Researcher post is fixed-term for 18 months.

Salary for Early Stage Researchers: ca. £33138 per annum.

Salary for Experienced Researcher: ca. £50467 per annum.

To work for an employer that values and promotes equality of
opportunity, visit
telephone + 44 (0) 29 2087 9093 or email for an
application form quoting the vacancy number
: 0665 (Early Stage Researchers)
or 0664 (Experienced Researchers).

Closing date: 17:00 GMT on Monday 9 January 2012.


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ERC Starting Independent Research
Post-Doctoral Researchers

3 Post-Doctoral Fellows over 5 years

Towards real time multiscale
simulation of cutting in non-linear materials with applications to surgical
simulation and computer guided surgery (RealTCut)


Three post-doctoral positions are
available over 5 years at Cardiff University in the framework of an ERC
Starting Independent Research Grant with Prof. Stéphane P.A. Bordas and Dr.
Pierre Kerfriden, in collaboration with Prof. Karol Miller (University of Western



Starting Grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to
establish or consolidate a proper research team and to start conducting
independent research in Europe. The scheme targets promising researchers who
have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. It will
support the creation of excellent new research teams and will strengthen others
that have been recently created.


Objectives The main objective of this ERC
Project is to enable faithful simulations of surgical operations in (quasi-)
real-time. This objective will be achieved by developing a modern solver based
on advanced numerical methods: multiscale methods in space and time reduced
order modelling and advanced discretisation techniques.


Candidates with experience in at
least one of the following areas of computational mechanics will be considered:

- model order reduction (e.g. proper
orthogonal decomposition – POD)

- advanced discretisation techniques
(extended finite element methods/meshless methods)

- nonlinear solid mechanics
simulations (large-deformations and fracture)

- multiscale methods (especially in
relation to fracture/cutting)

- high performance computing (domain
decomposition, preconditioning, multigrid algorithms,solvers, etc.)

- error estimation and adaptivity (if
possible in the context of multiscale or non-linear problems more generally)

- non-rigid image registration.


Environment The three
successful candidates will join the vibrant ERC Research Group (RealTCut), led
by Prof. Stéphane Bordas and Dr. Pierre Kerfriden within the institute of
Mechanics and Advanced Materials (iMAM), at Cardiff School of engineering. This group will be composed in 2012
of at least 7 PhD students and two post-doctoral fellows. Frequent visits to
RealTCut's international collaborators will be organised and the work will be
performed with close links to the School of Mathematics.


Related projects The
project will be cross-fertilised by the Initial Training Network (ITN)
“Integrating Numerical Simulation and Geometric Design Technology (INSIST)” (13
Early Stage Researchers and 2 Experienced Researchers), two ongoing EPSRC
Projects on error estimation for cracks using XFEM: and an IRSES (FP7) grant on multiscale fracture.


Eligibility The applicant is required to have
completed (or be close to completion) a Ph.D. thesis. A significant track
record in computational mechanics must be demonstrated. We are interested in
candidates displaying excellent academic skills, an ability to work as part of
a team (close collaboration with other post-docs, supervision of Ph.D. and
Masters students), and

who have good communication skills.


Application process Candidates should


1) send a declaration of interest by
email to Prof. Stéphane P. A. Bordas and copy Dr. Pierre Kerfriden (information
below), with a CV and a list of publications attached, and provide the name of
three potential referees supporting the application.

2) Request an application pack from
(0)29 2087 4017 or


Start date


Posts can start between January 2012
and June 2012 depending on the availability of the applicants.


Salary and benefits


£24370 - £28251 per annum (Grade 5),
£29972 - £35788 per annum (Grade 6).




stephane . bordas @ alum .
northwestern . edu

pierre . kerfriden @ gmail . com (CC
for all applications)




Professor Bordas' research portfolio:

iMAM webpage:

Professor Bordas' blog on iMechanica
for details on the projects and additional research openings:





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Deadline Extended to Jan 6, 2012 - Research Assistants / Research Associates (3 Posts)



Closing date:

06 January 2012




Fixed-term for 3 years

Hours of work:

These are full time positions of 35 hours per week.

Date of appointment:

These posts are available from January 2012.


£24370 - £28251 per annum (Grade 5), £29972 - £35788 per annum (Grade 6).

To perform world-leading research in the ERC RealTCut Research Group
"Towards real time multiscale simulation of cutting in non-linear
materials with applications to surgical simulation and computer guided


Stéphane P.A. Bordas, Professor
Director, Institute of Mechanics & Advanced Materials (IMAM)
School of Engineering
Cardiff University, Queen's Buildings
The Parade, CARDIFF CF24 3AA, Wales, UK.
Tel +44 (0)29 20875941. Room number S

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