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Theoretical - Research Assistant/Associate in Mechanics of Multilattices - Cambridge

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to conduct research into the mechanics of lattice materials. The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge Cambridgeshire, UK.

There is an opportunity to invent interpenetrating lattice materials in order to design SOFT and HARD meta-materials of any given stiffness, strength and toughness. The actuation response due to seepage of a liquid through the lattice needs to be modelled by making use of experimental results from within the group. Currently, lattice materials, such as the 2D honeycomb and the 3D octet truss, exist in a single material on a single length scale. The challenge is to fill the intervening gaps in the lattice with a second lattice in order to improve the macroscopic properties. The new lattices will be manufactured and tested by a collaborator within the group. There is an optimisation step of the generation of a multiphase lattice that gives any desired macroscopic stress-strain response, fracture toughness and so on.

There is a research opening for a Research Associate at the post-doctoral level (or a researcher who is soon to receive their PhD), with a working experience of solid mechanics and ideally with previous research on optimisation methods. The successful candidate must have relevant research experience and a publication record. The key responsibilities and duties are to conduct numerical research into the mechanics of lattices. The role holder is also expected take part in collaborative work, and contribute to seminars, and to take part in the research group's activities publish in the open literature and liaise with the sponsors.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded. Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £26,715 - £30,942 Research Associate: £32,816 - £40,322

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2022 in the first instance. Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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