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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Insect Aeroelasticity

Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Location:  Nr. Potters Bar, Hertfordshire
Salary:  £33,739 to £43,215
Per annum, inclusive of London Weighting
Closing Date:   Wednesday 06 December 2017
Interview Date:   Friday 12 January 2018
Reference:   CBS-0225-17


This is a three-year fixed term contract, available from January 2018.
We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to investigate aeroelasticity in insect flight at the Structure & Motion Laboratory in the department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences. The position involves computational and experimental studies of the fluid and structural mechanics of insect wings in flight.  
You will play an important role in the development of a computational fluid-structure interaction model to predict strain fields on the wings of dragonflies and hawkmoths throughout the wing stroke cycle. Live insects will be used to measure wing kinematics during free flight using multiple high-speed cameras within the laboratory. Wing geometries will be acquired using Scanning Electron Microscopy, micro-CT (xray microtomography), confocal microscopy and other imaging techniques. The majority of the work will focus on building the CFD model and incorporating increasingly complex geometries and material properties for the FSI component.
The position is part of a collaborative project with Imperial College, London and interaction with members of the wider team will be essential. Together, the two institutions will build a model of how the array of campaniform sensilla (nature’s strain gauges) encode aeroelasticity during flight and, moreover, how that information can be used by insects or bio-inspired technologies. The project partners are well-positioned for this demanding project with excellent international contact that will maximise the impact of the research within academia and industry.
The position is to be held on the Hawkshead Campus of the RVC in the Structure & Motion Laboratory, a group well-known for its multidisciplinary and innovative approach to biomechanics research.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact principal investigator Dr Richard Bomphrey on +44 1707 666043 or email:
We offer a generous reward package.

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