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Post Doctoral Research Assistant in Offshore Wind Turbine Blade Design

Reference:  FS0413
Campus:  Hull
Faculty/Area:  Faculty of Science and Engineering
School/Department:  Department of Engineering
Subject Group/Team:  Medical Engineering
Salary:  £34,189 to £39,609 per annum
Fixed Term - 3 years
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Sunday 19 May 2019

Applicants are required to submit a current CV and covering letter outlining how their qualifications and experience meet the Person Specification in the Job Description below.

The University of Hull is part of a £7.6M EPSRC Prosperity Partnership: A New Partnership in Offshore Wind ( ). This is an exciting new collaboration between the Universities of Hull, Sheffield and Durham with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (the world’s largest offshore wind turbine manufacturer) and Ørsted (the world’s largest offshore wind farm developer). The aim of this 5-year programme is to address fundamental research to reduce the cost of electricity from offshore wind, and lay the foundation for the next generation of wind turbines and farms at a significantly higher level of power generation.

As part of this programme, the Department of Engineering wishes to appoint a post-doctoral research assistant to work on the design and analysis of wind turbine blades. Specifically, the work will involve the use of finite element analysis to investigate and optimise novel concepts in the design and manufacture of next generation blades. As part of that work, the project will investigate the potential for biomimetic blade designs which are inspired by the light-weight highly-optimized structure of bones. This research will be led by Professor Michael Fagan an expert in bone biomechanics and finite element analysis.

Candidates should have a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, or related subject, with proven experience in finite element analysis.

The University of Hull holds the Athena SWAN University Bronze Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment and offers a number of family-friendly employment practices that are designed to enable a good work-life balance.

The post is available as a full-time position of 36.5 hours per week for 3 years.

To explore the post further, or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Michael Fagan, Department of Engineering, Tel: +44 (0)1482 465058; E-mail:

Professor James Gilbert, Department of Engineering, Tel: +44 (0)1482 466379; E-mail

The University of Hull is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity in every aspect of our recruitment processes.

The closing date for this job vacancy has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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