Research Assistant / Associate in Geotechnical Engineering

University of Cambridge

We are seeking to recruit a full time Post-Doctoral Research Assistant/Associate in Geotechnical Engineering for a period of up to 12 months, ending no later than 30/06/2021.

The successful candidate will be based at the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure in Construction (CSIC: https://www-smartinfrastructure.eng.cam.ac.uk/) and will work on experimentally exploring the breakout resistance of partially buried subsea cables for offshore wind turbines, in sand.

The role will entail: (i) the development of full-scale experiments in the laboratory; (ii) the development of a prototype cable shape sensing device using Rayleigh backscatter fibre-optic equipment; and (iii) contribution to the supervision of an MRes student numerically simulating the problem.


The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are: - Knowledge of laboratory experimental methods in geomechanics - Knowledge of distributed fibre optic sensing applications to geomechanics - Good writing and presentation skills - Good verbal and non-verbal communication skills - Good time management skills - A strong work ethic and a positive attitude are essential - Strong background in laboratory experimental work, instrumentation, data acquisition and data interpretation in geotechnical engineering or related field - Track record of authoring high quality academic publications.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.


The post holder will be located in West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £26,715 - £30,942 Research Associate: £32,816 - £40,322


Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for a period of up to 12 months or until 30 June 2021 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.


Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions of a technical nature please contact Dr Sam Stanier (sas229@cam.ac.uk) and for queries related to the role or application process, contact Ms Magdalena Charytoniuk (mc991@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference NM22820 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


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