Postdoctoral Research Associate In Geomechanics job in Consett at Durham University

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Geomechanics

Company: Durham University

Location: Durham UK

Date Posted:Mar 23, 2018

 Postdoctoral Research Associate in GeomechanicsOverviewReference Number:              012390Department:              Department of EngineeringLocation:              Durham CityContract Type:              Full Time & Fixed Term until 30 September 2019Salary Range:              Grade 7 (£32,548)Opening Date:              23 March 2018Closing Date:              06 April 2018 (Midday) Durham University Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives. The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. The University provides a range of benefits including pension and childcare benefits and the University’s Relocation Manager can assist with potential schooling requirements.Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.   The DepartmentThe Department of Engineering is one of the very best UK engineering departmentwith an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our students. Ranked 4th in the Guardian and 5th in the Complete University Guide 2018 in the UK for General Engineering, this dynamic Department of Engineering is an excellent place in which to join our leading research group in Sustainable Infrastructure. The RoleOutstanding applicants are sought for the post of Research Associate who will carry out high-quality research leading to the development of numerical methods for the analysis of unsaturated soils. The focus of the appointment will be in the development of finite element approach for coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils.  The developed code will take into account thermal expansions of soil skeleton and soil particle, Soret effect, phase transition between water and vapour, air dissolution in pore water, and deformation of soil skeleton. Responsibilities: (1)   Perform high-quality research in the bespoke research project under the guidance of the supervisory team (Dr Ashraf Osman, Professor David Toll and Dr Mohammed Seaid). (2)   Meet the members of the supervisory team on a regular basis. (3)   Write up the results of the research activity and present research papers and publications at meetings and conferences, as advised by the supervisors. (4)   Widen personal knowledge in the research area and undertake complementary training. (5)   Use initiative and creativity to deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines. (6)   Plan and manage own research activity, research resources in collaboration with others and contribute to the planning of research projects. (7)   Liaise with research colleagues and make internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding to form relationships for future research collaboration.  This post is fixed term for up to 18 months and the funding for this post is available until 30 September 2018.  The post-holder is expected to contribute to a programme of research led by Dr Osman. Within this programme the expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project, including the development of their own research ideas/adaptation and development of research protocols. They will also be encouraged and supported to develop and execute their own research project ideas within the general confines of the supervised research programme.Successful applicants will, ideally, be in post by 1 April 2018    The Requirements Essential: QualificationsA good first degree in Engineering.A PhD (or be close to submission) in Geomechanics, computational mechanics or a related subject. ExperienceExperience in conducting high quality academic research.Demonstrable ability to write material of a quality commensurate with publication in highly-ranked journals.Demonstrable ability to present research papers at national/international conferences and communicate complex information to specialists and within the wider academic community.Experience in developing numerical methods for multiphase materials. Experience in scientific programming (for example, in Fortran, C/C++ or Python) SkillsDemonstrable ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, including participating in research meetings.Ability to work independently on own initiative and to strict deadlines.Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Desirable: ExperienceStrong publication record in peer-reviewed journals, commensurate with stage of career.A track record of presenting research at conferences, symposia, or meetings, commensurate with stage of career.Demonstrable ability to develop research proposals and designs in collaboration with other academics.Experience of overseeing students with respect to the development of their practical/research skills e.g. acting as a demonstrator; supervising student projects/practicals.Experience in numerical modelling of multi-phase geo-materials. SkillsDemonstrable ability to plan and manage independent research. How to Apply For informal enquiries please contact Dr Ashraf Osman (email: ). All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.   We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site. . As part of the application process, you should provide details of 3 (preferably academic/research) referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University. What to Submit All applicants are asked to submit: A CV and covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above;  Next Steps Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and assessment on a date to be confirmed.     1  View full job description
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