Research Fellow, VALIANT, Modelling Methods for Structural Analysis

  • Queens University Belfast
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Nov 03, 2021
Full time Engineering & Applied Sciences

Job Description

Application closing date 19/11/2021
Salary £34,304 per annum
Job category/type Research Research Fellow - VALIANT (Modelling Methods for Structural Analysis)

Job description

The development of larger and more efficient engines, novel aircraft architectures and evolving aircraft use patterns, demand a paradigm shift in aircraft structural solutions. 

In collaboration with Rolls-Royce, The School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Queen's University Belfast, is currently seeking a highly motivated and ambitious Research Fellow to investigate novel modelling strategies for next generation aircraft and engine structural design.

You will develop new computational modelling methods for aircraft design to explore and obtain understanding of the structural performance of current and future aircraft.  This will require a researcher with knowledge of aerospace structural analysis and design.

Direct collaboration with Rolls-Royce will be an important feature of the role, with regular visits to their state of the art facilities. You will have extensive opportunity to show case their work to project partners at regular technical meetings and workshops.

You will become a key member of an interdisciplinary team of experts from Queen's University Belfast and Rolls-Royce working on this exciting initiative. 

This post is available on a fixed term contract for 18 months.

The successful candidate must have and your CV/Cover letter  should clearly demonstrate you have:

  • Normally have or be about to obtain a relevant PhD in Engineering, Science or related discipline. (Candidates about to receive their PhD should provide proof that their viva scheduled within one month)
  • 2:1 or higher degree in Aerospace of Mechanical Engineering or related science.
  • At least 3 years relevant research/industrial experience to include
    • Demonstrable experience in the analysis of aerospace structures, including demonstrable experience in Finite Element Analysis.
    • Demonstrable experience in programming/scripting, beyond that in undergraduate taught modules
    • A proven track record of using relevant techniques to carry out analyses, critical evaluations, and interpretations of data as relevant to the research project
    • Working effectively as part of a research team in the development and promotion of the research theme

*Please note the above are not an exhaustive list.*

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all. However, our employment monitoring data tells us that individuals from the Protestant faith are also currently under-represented. As such, we particularly welcome applications for this role from individuals who identify with these backgrounds and / or communities.

As you may be aware, Queen's is recognised as one of the most diverse organisations in Northern Ireland. We are committed to ensuring our workplace is a safe, welcoming and inclusive place to work, which is why we subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, Diversity Charter Mark NI and Athena SWAN.

It is also why we have established award winning Staff Networks such as PRISM and iRise. These networks provide an opportunity for staff to meet in a friendly, informal way to support each other.

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Candidate Information

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Damian Quinn

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