Research Assistant (79023-047)

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Warwick, ENGLAND
Deadline: 22 May 2017

Vacancy Type/Job category
Research Only
Department
School of Engineering
Salary
£25,298-£28,453 per annum
Location
The University of Warwick - Coventry
Vacancy Overview
Fixed-term contract for 36 months.
The School of Engineering are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to undertake research as part of the NDTonAIR consortium as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR). You will be expected to assist the Project Leader and, where appropriate, project collaborators in the successful execution of this EU-funded project.
You will be registered, or demonstrate a willingness to register for a PhD degree at the University of Warwick and you will hold an honours degree (2.1 minimum) or equivalent in a relevant subject.
The University aims to promote work life balance for all employees and the School of Engineering will consider a range of possible flexible working arrangements in order to recruit the best candidate.
Job Description
Job Purpose
You will undertake research as part of the NDTonAIR consortium as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) while registered for a PhD degree at the University of Warwick. You will hold an honours degree (2.1 minimum) or equivalent in a relevant subject and you will assist the Project Leader and, where appropriate, project collaborators in the successful execution of this EU-funded project.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. To register for a PhD at the University of Warwick.
2. To attend training courses that will be specifically arranged for in the NDTonAIR consortium.
3. To attend meetings of the NDTonAIR consortium as required by the Principal Investigator.
4. To be willing to participate in secondments to other organisations within the consortium, specifically to the University of Nantes (France) and the University of Perugia (Italy).
5. To conduct literature and database searches.
6. To continue to update knowledge and develop skills.
7. To write up results of own research.
8. To contribute to the production of research reports and publications.
9. To participate in department life and attend departmental meetings as required.
10. To ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.
11. To work within budget constraints.
12. Any other duties as directed by the Principal Investigator of the project.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.


Essential Criteria 1
Honours degree (2.1 minimum) or equivalent in a relevant subject. (A)
Essential Criteria 2
Have not more than 4 years of equivalent research experience (e.g. working as a researcher after obtaining your master’s degree). (A)
Essential Criteria 3
An existing PhD registration or a willingness to register for a PhD, at the University of Warwick. (A, C, D)
Essential Criteria 4
Have not resided or performed your main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the last 3 years. (A, C, D)
Essential Criteria 5
Demonstrable range of quantitative and/or qualitative research skills. (A, C, D)
Essential Criteria 6
Good IT skills including proven ability to use IT to write technical research papers and presentations (A, C, D)
Essential Criteria 7
Strong communication and interpersonal skills with experience of working independently and as part of a team. (A, C)
Essential Criteria 8
Excellent standard of spoken and written English with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely (A, C, D)
Essential Criteria 9
Understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of research content. (A, C)
Further Particulars
The Post
The post is funded via the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme, as part of the NDTonAIR consortium of universities, research organisations and industry. This ITN network involves 15 different research projects, with this post being one of them. An Early Stage Researcher will be recruited and based at the University of Warwick and will be expected to register for a PhD.
The Project
The title of the EU-funded project is "Inspection of composite aerospace structures using capacitive imaging and guided waves". The project aims to examine a range of fibre composite materials, the aim being to detect changes in structure within them. This will involve several types of NDT measurements. The work will examine both glass fibre and carbon fibre composites. One interesting possibility is the detection of damage due to use at locally elevated temperatures or lightning strikes. Two different types of technologies will give complementary information - guided-wave ultrasonic inspection can map out large areas from a few remote access points, whereas local areas can be inspected using electromagnetic techniques. As the two approaches measure different physical properties, it may be possible to combine the results to give additional information concerning the nature of the structural change. It is expected that the detection and characterization of defects in composite materials will be demonstrated, using both approaches to provide additional information that is not available from a single technique.
The PhD position is to be held jointly between the School of Engineering and the Department of Physics at the University of Warwick. The successful candidate will be able to register for a PhD within either department. The research will be based at the University of Warwick, but secondments are also planned to other partners of the consortium (Nantes (France) and Perugia (Italy)).
Further details can be found at http://academicpositions.eu/ad/ndtonair-project-training-network-in-non-destructive-testing-and-structural-health-monitoring-of-aircraft-structures/2016/ndtonair-project-15-marie-skodowska-curie-early-stage-researchers-esrs/93554 and the main project web page at http://www.ndtonair.eu/ Please contact either Prof David Hutchins (d.a.hutchins@warwick.ac.uk) in the School of Engineering or Prof Steve Dixon (S.M.Dixon@warwick.ac.uk) in the Department of Physics, both at the University of Warwick, for further information if required.
The University
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School of Engineering
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Closing Date
22 May 2017
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