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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Data-driven Mechanics of Cellular Composites - QMUL25465

Department: School of Engineering & Materials Science
Salary: £31,613 - £40,194 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL25465
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 07-Jul-2021
Closing date: 17-Aug-2021

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Project Details:

The project, led by Dr Wei Tan from Queen Mary’s Mechanics of Composite Materials (MCM) Group, will create an intelligent data-driven virtual testing tool to enable rapid discovery, design and prototyping of cellular composites for crash energy absorption of future zero emission vehicles.

About the Role

Applications are invited for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on a three-year EPSRC project “CELLCOMP: Data-driven Mechanistic Modelling of Scalable Cellular Composites for Crash Energy Absorption”.

The lack of scalable manufacturing techniques and reliable models for crash assessments are the main barriers to increase the adoption of cellular composites in transportation vehicles. The project in collaboration with Imperial, TU Delft, University of Washington (US), Q-Flo Ltd. and Ultima-Forma Ltd., will substantially address this challenge by integrating scalable manufacturing, computational mechanistic models and data-driven approaches for predicting and optimising the crash performance of cellular composites.

About You

Applicants will have a PhD (or be near completion) in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline (e.g. Engineering Mechanics, Mathematics, Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, etc.). You should have knowledge and experience in solid mechanics, finite element modelling and data-driven methods. Experience in cellular materials, composite manufacturing or mechanical testing is also desirable.

About the School

This post is within the School of Engineering and Materials Science, a large School with 70-80 academics and a similar number of postdoctoral research staff. There are around 1000 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students and 220 PhD students. These are supported by an administrative and technical staff team of 45. The staff and student body are international in make-up.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme, staff networks and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is full-time, with an expected start date of October 2021. The initial term will be 2 years with the potential to extend the appointment for up to 3 years (the project duration). The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £31,613 - £40,194 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.


Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Wei Tan at or on +44(0)20 7882 8943.

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 17th August 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.


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