Postdoctoral Researcher, to be based in Mechanical Engineering at the College of Engineering & Informatics at NUI Galway.

Postdoctoral Researcher, to be based in Mechanical Engineering at the College of Engineering & Informatics at NUI Galway.

NUI Galway

Galway, Ireland

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a fixed term contract as a Postdoctoral Researcher, to be based in Mechanical Engineering at the College of Engineering & Informatics at NUI Galway. This post is funded by Science foundation Ireland and is available from 14th January 2019, for six months.

Job Description:

This is an SFI-funded joint project between Mechanical Engineering at NUI Galway and the University of Limerick (Materials Surface Science Institute), with collaboration from ESB Energy International, Wood and GE (UK), as well as numerous international academic and research partners. The aim of this research is to develop an integrated multi-scale process modelling and life prediction methodology for next generation welded connections. This will represent a significant scientific step towards the development of a robust process-structure-property capability, widely recognised as a target disruptive technology for engineering design. The motivating rationale is the opportunity for increased sustainability of engineering structures through microstructure design, with particular focus on welded connections, which are notoriously susceptible to premature cracking and failure. The development of tailored combinations of welding and heat treatment processes, to design nano-, micro- and macro-scale material structures, will achieve significantly increased resistance to crack initiation and propagation, and hence enhanced service life and sustainability. MECHANNICS will target specific applications of direct relevance to Irish industry and society, leading to reduced costs and material utilisation, and increased competitiveness. In partnership with industrial collaborators, MECHANNICS will develop new software products for sustainable, structural design and condition monitoring.

 

The key tasks involved in the position are:

  • Coordinate and conduct experimental test programme for welding and heat treatment, as well as failure and constitutive behaviour characterisation of weldment materials, high temperature creep, fatigue and corrosion testing,

  • Software development and case studies with industrial partners,

  • Supervision of PhD research on process modelling and testing of welding, heat treatment, fatigue and corrosion,

  • Development of 3D imaging and microscopy methods for measurement of damage evolution,

  • Assist with programme management, meeting coordination and collaborations etc.,

  • Contribute to development of funding applications for continuity of research, e.g. H2020.

 

 

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will:

  • Hold a PhD in a solid mechanics, materials modelling or a closely related discipline;

 

Essential Criteria:

  • Evidence of a strong publication record;

  • Have experience in research funding applications (e.g. EU H2020, Enterprise Ireland);

  • Track record of supervision of PhD students;

  • Possess a good knowledge of finite element modelling, ideally in Abaqus.

     

Desirable Criteria:

  • Have excellent communication skills;

  • Demonstrable experience in mechanical testing, ideally related to welding and/or corrosion and fatigue processes;

 

Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.  

 

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway

 

For information on moving to Ireland please see www.euraxess.ie

 

Salary scale: €39,530 - €48,206 pro rata per annum (Postdoctoral Researcher scale)

Start Date: 14th January 2019

 

Further information about Mechanical Engineering at NUI Galway can be found at (http://www.nuigalway.ie/engineering-informatics/mechanical-engineering/).

 

Informal enquiries about this post can be made to Professor Sean Leen: sean.leen@nuigalway.ie    (Tel: +353-91-495955).

 

To Apply: Applications (Covering letter, CV and contact details of three referees) should be sent to Professor Sean Leen, Mechanical Engineering, NUI Galway, Galway, H91 HX31 or to sean.leen@nuigalway.ie.  Please ensure that the reference number NUIG 216-18isin the subject line of e-mail application.

 

 

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5:00 p.m. (Irish Time) on Friday 21st December, 2018

 

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

 

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment

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Postdoctoral Researcher, to be based in Mechanical Engineering at the College of Engineering & Informatics at NUI Galway.