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A Post-Doctoral Position at University of Western Australia

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (REF: 1686)SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS · 3 year appointment· Salary Range: Level A $46,576 - $63,207 p.a. - minimum starting salary for appointee with PhD will be $58,883 p.a.· In addition to salary the University contributes 17% superannuation and salary packaging is available· Closing date: Friday, 2 March 2007 The School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Western Australia is conducting cutting edge research into the mechanics of hybrid materials with internally engineered architecture, in particular materials with elements possessing negative Poisson's ratio or negative stiffness. Such materials have outstanding engineering properties not achievable by conventional means, including increased effective stiffness, reduced thermal stress and extreme damping. Further progress in the design of these materials requires a proper theoretical basis. The project will develop experimentally verified theoretical and computer models capitalising on our success in theoretical prediction, confirmed experimentally, of new structures with negative Poisson's ratio, a discovery of negative stiffness in interlocking assemblies and new concepts explaining its mechanism. The models will be used for designing hybrid materials and explaining mechanical behaviour of some natural materials. The appointee will develop analytical and computational models to analyse the mechanics of materials with elements possessing negative Poisson's ratio or negative stiffness, undertake computer simulations and verify them against laboratory experimental data. Academics with strong theoretical background in mechanics of solids, modelling of wave propagation and related analytical and numerical techniques are invited to apply. Applicants must have a PhD in applied mathematics, mechanics of solids or a relevant field of physics, materials science and engineering. For further information regarding the position please contact Associate Professor Les Jennings on +61 8 6488 3361 or fax +61 8 6488 1028 or email For project details please contact Dr Elena Pasternak on +61 8 6488 3460 or email Application Details: The position description follows. Applicants must address the selection criteria. Written applications quoting the reference number, personal contact details, qualifications and experience, along with contact details of three referees should be sent to Director, Human Resources, The University of Western Australia, M350, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009 or emailed to by the closing date.

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