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Research Officer / Research Fellow in Earthquake Engineering

School of Environment and Technology

Location:  Brighton - Moulsecoomb
Salary:  £30,942 to £42,792 per annum
Contract Length: 12 months
Closing Date:  Thursday 28 May 2020
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  SV4119-20-084

We are looking to appoint a Research Officer/Research Fellow in Earthquake Engineering where you will be a key member of a specialist team engaged in research on the project entitled ‘Preserving Egypt's Cultural Heritage from Earthquake Damage through Vibrating Barriers’.

The project is supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the Science and Technology Development  fund, and is focused on the seismic protection of Heritage sites in Egypt through the novel Vibrating Barrier technology, developed at the University of Brighton. You will work on fascinating case studies such as the Zoser Pyramid in Saqqara and the Saladin Citadel of Cairo through a combination of numerical and experimental tests on reduced scaled models. The project also relies on close collaboration with the City University of London and University of Cairo, Egypt.

As a Research Officer, you will be expected to use a range of basic research methods to support the project which will include assisting with dissemination of results and contributing to the supervision and support of research students.  As a Research Fellow, you will also be expected to be involved in the development, planning and managing of the project as well as developing a publication record and supervising less experienced researchers.   At this level you will also be expected to make some contribution to the teaching, tutoring and learning programmes in the school.

To be successful in the role, you will need

  • A good (1 or 2:1) degree in Civil/Structural Engineering or cognate areas
  • A postgraduate qualification/PhD or an equivalent level of professional experience
  • Competence in the use of Finite Element software and programming
  • Knowledge of vibration control and seismic wave propagation and ideally previous expertise in dynamic experimental test
  • Experience in one or more of the following numerical codes: Matlab, Mathematica and in signal processing from experimental test

In addition, at Research Fellow level, you will need:

  • A PhD in Civil/Structural Engineering
  • A track record of publications in seismic wave propagation 
  • Experience in dynamic experimental tests

For further details or informal discussion please contact Dr Pierfrancesco Cacciola: tel: 01273 642277 or email:

This post is on a full time basis, on a fixed term for a period of 12 months.

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The University is committed to an inclusive environment which embraces equality and diversity in our working, learning, research and teaching environment. We particularly encourage applicants from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background because the university is underrepresented by BAME staff.

Further information about working for us, as well as the wide range of benefits we offer, can be found in the working with us section of our vacancies page.


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