Full Job Description
We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Experimental Mechanics of Polymers to join Laurence Brassart’s research group at the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford). The post is funded by UKRI and is fixed-term for 36 months.
The project aims to characterise the mechanical and degradation behaviour of biodegradable polymers for biomedical, sustainable packaging and agriculture applications. The project will focus on identifying and quantifying coupled chemo-mechanical effects that impact the performance and service life of biodegradable devices. Your task will be to design and independently run experiments to elucidate these coupled effects, including degradation studies under mechanical loads or in the presence of geometric imperfections. You will also participate in ongoing modelling efforts in the group for these polymers. You will have the opportunity to be involved in undergraduate and graduate supervision and teaching.
You will hold a relevant PhD/DPhil (or be near completion), with significant knowledge/expertise in Experimental Mechanics of Polymers (Thermo-Mechanical testing, Microscopy, SEM, AFM, …), Mechanics of Materials, Fracture Mechanics and Polymer Science. Good programming skills (Matlab, Python) are required, and knowledge of nonlinear solid mechanics and FEM are highly desirable.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Laurence Brassart
Only online applications received before midday on 13th May 2022 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.
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