Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Early Stage Researcher Post in Multiscale modelling for porous media, UK

University of Nottingham
Study in:UK
Deadline: 15 January 2018

Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Early Stage Researcher Post in Multiscale modelling for porous media

Closing Date
Monday, 15th January 2018
Job Type
£30,776-£38,671 in accordance with the EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie financial guidelines for this scheme

Applications are invited to work with Dr Savvas Triantafyllou and Dr Dimitrios Chronopoulos as part of a European-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Industrial Doctorate (EID) Network, “N2N”. Successful applicants will also register for a PhD at the University of Nottingham.

An important factor contributing to the quality and competitiveness of modern structural products (e.g. aircrafts and terrestrial vehicles) is comfort. Noise is a serious form of environmental pollution affecting the lives of hundreds of millions of citizens worldwide and having multiple socio-economic consequences. Intense vibration can endanger the structural integrity and performance of equipment and hardware. At a European level, The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) explicitly refers to a massive reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 50% in the upcoming years (half of which should be gained by structural weight savings) as well as reducing noise transmission and emissions. Modern industrial structures are increasingly made of composite materials due to their well-known benefits. Despite their superior structural characteristics, composite structures exhibit poor dynamic and acoustic isolation levels compared to conventional metallic ones. As a result and in order to maintain the comfort levels in the passenger and payload compartments within acceptable limits, additional acoustic and vibrational isolation technologies (sound packages) are necessary in several transport applications.

The successful applicant will be expected to build a novel multiscale framework for the vibro-acoustic analysis of composite materials considering also random variability of the material micro-structure. The envisaged framework will be employed within an optimization framework for the virtual design of novel and efficient material solutions.

Candidates must be in possession of (or expected to obtain) a first class or a 2:1 (MEng or MSc) degree in civil/mechanical engineering, applied mathematics/physics or a relevant discipline, have excellent analytical skills and a solid background in computational mechanics. Candidates should be proficient in Matlab. Programming skills in Fortran, Python and/or C++ are also welcome. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are also essential.

Candidates will also be required to meet the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria: ( In particular, at the time of appointment candidates must have had less than four years’ full-time equivalent research experience and must not have already obtained a PhD. Additionally, they must not have resided in the (host country) UK for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the appointment.

This full-time post will be available from early 2018 and is offered on a fixed-term 36 month contract. This is an excellent opportunity to work in an international and multisectoral research environment. Candidates will spend time both in Nottingham as well as in Lyon where MATELYS (a global leading industry in vibro-acoustics) is based. Intense mobility within, as well as outside Europe is envisaged throughout the duration of the project. The successful candidate will also benefit from a comprehensive training programme aiming at developing her/his softskills.

The post benefits from a highly competitive and attractive salary, plus family allowances as applicable.

The University of Nottingham values diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity. The University holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing women’s careers in science. You can read more about what this means at:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Savvas Triantafyllou ( or Dimitrios Chronopoulos ( Formal applications are to be made via

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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