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Research Assistant (MSc Thesis Worker) / Project Researcher (Simulation of lateral impact on cylindrical composite shell)

The Faculty of Engineering Sciences is the only purely technology-oriented faculty at Tampere University of Technology. The Faculty offers high-quality education leading towards bachelor's, master's and postgraduate degrees. The Faculty administers one bachelor's degree programme, three master’s degree programmes that are conducted in Finnish, two international master's degree programmes, and one doctoral programme.

Laboratories in the Faculty include the Laboratory of Automation and Hydraulics, the Laboratory of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Systems, and the Laboratory of Materials Science. In addition to the high-level basic research in the fields of the laboratories, the Faculty is famous of its strong collaboration with industry.

The Laboratory of Materials Science (LMS) conducts internationally high level research on engineering materials based on strong interdisciplinary basic research. LMS is the core unit in TUT in the field of Materials Science and it has strong connections to other laboratories in TUT. The laboratory and TUT offer a high-quality basic infrastructure for materials research and teaching and the infrastructure is continuously developed towards the future needs in the field of materials science. The cornerstone of our strategy is active collaboration with companies, which is realized as very high percentage of supplementary funding and large number of materials experts graduated from us working in industry. At the same time the active interdisciplinary basic research is realized as growing portion of Academic funding and peer reviewed articles. Our activities are in strong coherence with University’s strategic goals and acts as enabler in several focus areas.
Job description: The Laboratory of Materials Science (LMS) is looking for a Research Assistant (MSc Thesis Worker) or Project Researcher for simulating of lateral impact on cylindrical composite shell.

The work focuses on numerical, finite element model development for the simulation of lateral impact on cylindrical composite shell. The composite refers to advanced long fibre reinforced composites. Commercial ABAQUS code is used for model creation and solution computation. The simulation will be run real time using the Explicit solver. The work relates to the Luxturrim5G project with a direct collaboration with Finnish industry.


The key novelty in the work is about the selection of appropriate failure criteria to simulate composite damage due to impact. As a starting point, implemented failure criteria are used, but user-programmed material models might be necessary along the work. The literature review of the work is a vast survey of the existing failure criteria and their validity.
Requirements: The work requires good background knowledge of continuum mechanics and also basics of modelling and/or programming. This means that the applicant must have understanding of the 2D stress-strain states in composite laminates, elastic buckling, and matrix/tensor algebra.

All knowledge in the field of machine learning and advanced probabilistic methods is seen as an advantage.
We offer: Successful performance during the work opens an option to continue work under the topic of multiscale modelling as a doctoral student in the group of Plastics and Elastomer Technology, Laboratory of Materials Science at Tampere University of Technology, supervised by Assistant Professor Mikko Kanerva.

Assistant Professor Mikko Kanerva & Doctoral Student Jarno Jokinen

Salary: The salary will be based on both the job demands and the employee's personal performance in accordance with the University Salary System. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a Research Assistant is placed on the job demands level 1 and the position of a Project Researcher is placed on the job demands levels 2-4. In addition, employees receive performance based salary.
Trial period: Trial period of two (2) months applies.
Other: The expected start date is January 2018 or as mutually agreed upon by both parties. The positions will be filled for a fixer term of six (6) months.
For more information, please contact: Assistant Professor Mikko Kanerva; mikko.kanerva@tut.fi; +358 40 718 8819

How to apply: Applications must be submitted by TUT online application form. Closing date for applications is 1 December 2017.

Applications should include the following documents: cover/motivation letter, CV and transcript of study records.
Additional information on attachments to applications.