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Graduate Research Engineer

Salary: £48,000

Location: Farnborough

Job type: Permanent, Contract

Category: Graduate

Aerospace Research Engineer- - Modelling Adhesion & Cohesion of Ice We have 36-month role for a research engineer focused on the development of models for the adhesive and cohesive failure of ice on standard and icephobic aerospace coatings in combination with low power ice protection systems (electrothermal, electromechanical or piezoelectric). To fulfil this role, we are looking for a graduate with a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Engineering, Surface Science or Applied/Engineering Mathematics with experience in icing, finite element analysis and/or adhesive/cohesive failure modelling/experiments. Relevant industrial experience is an advantage but not essential for this post. The researcher will participate as one of thirteen Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) in the Marie Skłodowska – Curie Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN) project SURFICE - “Smart surface design for efficient ice protection and control” (search SURFICE ITN). This is a project under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. There are strict ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA for receiving the funding, see later. The project will be hosted by AeroTex UK with secondments totalling 3-6 months at different SURFICE partner institutions. The researcher will also receive a PhD in Aerospace Engineering as a doctoral student of the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO), Toulouse, France. Graduate Research Engineer Job Description The collective aim of SURFICE is to produce a new generation of experts in ice protection technologies. The primary objective for the AeroTex researcher is to develop analytical or simulation tools for the prediction of ice failure on surfaces protected by low power ice protection systems (electrothermal, electromechanical and piezoelectric) when subject to aerodynamic forces and/or centrifugal loading. The project will be organised into three main phases: Characterisation * Research existing ice failure data i) available in the open literature, ii) held by AeroTex, iii) provided by MSCA-ITN partners and iv) external partners to understand the data currently available within the domain. This data shall incorporate various failure mechanisms (e.g. shear, tension) associated with low power ice protection systems and when subject to aerodynamic and/or centrifugal loading. * Much of the current data incorporates significant scatter. The researcher shall establish the requirement to incorporate stochastic approaches in ice failure modelling or whether a rational approach can be adopted. Modelling and Simulation * Identify candidate approaches for the modelling of ice failure when subject to loading from both ice protection systems and externally (e.g. aerodynamics and centrifugal). * Develop ice failure models to cover both adhesive and cohesive failure of ice incorporating stochastic approaches if required. Validation * Participate in icing wind tunnel testing organised by partners within the SURFICE consortium. * Test the models against data generated on both coupon and larger scale experimental studies. Secondments at ISAE-SUPAERO and TU Darmstadt are planned during the research programme. These may be modified if more relevant/productive secondments become available as the work of the researcher and the SURFICE network evolves. Your profile as the ideal Graduate Research Engineer * Meet the MSCA-ITN eligibility criteria for this role. * You should have obtained a Master’s degree in Physics, Engineering, Surface Science or Applied/Engineering Mathematics with outstanding grades within the past four years. * Excellent knowledge of numerical modelling including finite element modelling. * Experience in icing or adhesive/cohesive failure modelling/experiments is desirable. * Experience in industrial research is desirable. * You will need to be fluent in ENGLISH. FRENCH for the interaction within the ISAE-SUPAERO is a benefit but not required. Important dates Expected start date for the 3-year contract is between 01.06.2021 and 01.09.2021 (by agreement). Application process Applicants need to fully comply with four eligibility criteria: * Academic Qualification: The applicant has obtained before the start date of the research programme a degree that formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate in the host country. The degree should be in the area specified in this decription. * Researchers are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, are in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the first degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged. Please note applicants cannot already hold a PhD. * Conditions of international mobility of researchers: researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of appointment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account. Researchers from any country (not only from European Union) are welcome to apply. * English language: ESR candidates must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training. About AeroTex UK AeroTex UK (ATX) is a micro-SME based in Farnborough, Hampshire, UK. The company specialises in atmospheric icing and structural dynamics/aeroelasticity, which are underpinned by a core strength in mathematical modelling and simulation. Whilst ATX is a small consultancy, we have a world-class reputation and work globally for a wide range of organisations: aircraft primes, Tier 1 suppliers, research agencies, Wind Turbine manufacturer and support to several other consultancy companies ATX is particularly active in research, having PhD students and Post-Doctoral researchers from UCL regularly spending time with us. ATX have been partners in many EU funded research programmes: * SENS4ICE – Development of ice detectors for Supercooled Large Droplet Conditions * InSPIRe – Development of an electrothermal ice protection system for a next generation of turboprop * GAINS – Development of low power ice protection systems for business jets * STORM – Development of water film models and ice protection systems for jet engine components * HETEMS – Development of a simulation suite for hybrid electrothermal-electromechanical IPS * SANDIT/SLD SCOOP/SIPAL – Development of an ice protection system for an APU intake To support our work ATX has developed a suite of codes for the simulation of various icing conditions including ice protection systems. These codes are licensed to airframers, Tier 1 aerospace suppliers and wind turbine manufacturers. * Droplet Impingement Codes (incorporating SLD effects): * Trajectory and Catch 2D (TAC2) * Trajectory and Catch 3D (TAC3D+) * Eulerian Water Catch 3D (EWC) * Ice Accretion Codes (including thermal ice protection systems) * Icing Heat Balance (IHB) * Electrothermal ice protection, 3D (ET3D) * Hot-Air Code (HAC) Due to the sensitive nature of our commercial activities, we will require any candidates that are down selected to be subject to additional security checks

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