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Post Doc in Mechanics of Polymer Foaming

Polymers are commonly foamed in the solid phase by the expansion of a dissolved gas such as CO2.  The foaming process is sensitive to the constitutive properties of the polymer, and the final porosity is dictated by bursting of the cell walls.  There is a need to model the solid foaming process for a range of polymers in order to determine the sensitivity of foaming to the properties of the polymer and to the process variables (such as thermal history and CO2 content). The foam expansion response is sensitive to the constitutive properties of the polymer.

The key responsibilities and duties are to conduct numerical research into the foaming of polymers. The role holder is also expected to take part in collaborative work, contribute to seminars, take part in the research group’s activities, publish articles in journals and to liaise with the sponsors.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are; the successful candidate must have obtained or be close to obtaining a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a related subjects, have some working experience of solid/fluid mechanics, and ideally have done previous research on related topics, and have a publication record.

Salary Ranges: * Research Assistant: £25,298 - £29,301 *Research Associate: £30,175 – £38,183

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a list of publications and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact: Hilde Hambro-Fernandez, Group Administrator, email 


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