Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research position to work on the UK EPSRC funded project “Development of coupled centrifuge-numerical modelling to achieve a global tunnel-soil-structure interaction analysis”, led by Dr Alec Marshall of the Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics (NCG) at the University of Nottingham. This project aims to develop and apply a novel method of coupling geotechnical centrifuge modelling with numerical simulations of tunnel-soil-foundation-superstructure interaction. The project aims to bring together researchers with both geotechnical and structural backgrounds. Candidates with experience in numerical modelling of structural systems and experience with laboratory testing, control systems, and Labview are encouraged to apply. The researcher will also be supported by one PhD student (whom they will be helping to supervise) and the NCG centrifuge technical staff.
The successful candidate will undertake research in support of the development of a novel method in which physical modelling (using the NCG geotechnical centrifuge) and numerical modelling of a soil-building interaction problem are done concurrently, with information being passed between each model during the simulation process. The person appointed will be involved in the development and testing of various structural numerical models in order to assess their potential for use within the proposed method. In addition, the researcher will be responsible for developing (and potentially implementing) the logic required for the mechanical control of load actuators used within the physical model (which requires information to be passed between the structural numerical model and the control system within the centrifuge).
The successful candidate will work within the NCG team of researchers engaged in centrifuge modelling and be expected to contribute generally to the ongoing research activities.
Candidates must hold a first degree in Civil engineering (or equivalent) in relevant area. A PhD or equivalent in Structural or Geotechnical Engineering (or near completion) or related discipline. Experience in numerical modelling of structural and/or geotechnical systems. Experience in laboratory testing, control systems, and Labview is desirable. Good written and verbal communication skills are essential.
More information and application details are available at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/ENG14155