Post-Doctoral Research Associate Position – University of Bristol

By | 10th January 2022

The role

We are looking to recruit a passionate researcher to join a multi-institution project as a post-doctoral research associate, tenable for 1 year with the potential of an extension subject to satisfactory progress and funding availability.

The position is funded by an EPSRC-funded Programme Grant on Digital Twins for Improved Dynamic Design run in collaboration with the universities of Cambridge, Liverpool, Sheffield, Southampton, and Swansea. The overall aim of the programme grant is to create a robustly-validated virtual prediction tool called a “digital twin” for designing complex structures. 

What will you be doing?

The Bristol component of this project is focussed on the interaction of numerical models and physical experiments in so-called hybrid tests where two substructures (one physical and one numerical) are coupled together in real-time. This novel approach to testing provides a great deal of flexibility in the design process since it enables poorly modelled (or externally supplied) parts of the structure to be tested physically while retaining the freedom to rapidly change and test different numerical models. Of particular interest within this testing framework is the investigation and exploitation of nonlinear behaviours and how uncertainties manifest and propagate through the system. Uncertainty-aware sampling methods for the hybrid experiments are also likely to be valuable.

You should apply if

This position is ideal for a researcher with an interest in uncertainty quantification, nonlinear behaviour, and control. You should have good computational skills (MATLAB and/or Julia are commonly used) and experience of working with experimental data. You will be part of a vibrant Dynamics and Control research group, working alongside researchers dealing wide variety of application areas. In addition, there will be regular meetings of the full project team from each of the universities with an emphasis on cross-fertilisation of ideas and collaborative working.

Additional information

for informal queries, please contact; Dr David Barton, +44 117 456 0018, [email protected]

To find out more about what it’s like to work in the Faculty of Engineering, and how the Faculty supports people to achieve their potential, please see our staff blog:

https://engineeringincludesme.blogs.bristol.ac.uk/

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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