Research Associate – Laser Ultrasonic Phased Arrays – Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Strathclyde

Closing Date
8 May 2020

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Strathclyde. You will be involved in an EPSRC funded project on the development of remote ultrasonic imaging based on laser ultrasonic phased arrays. The application of phased array ultrasonics has had a profound impact on science and medicine because of the superior ultrasonic imaging they offer. Phased array ultrasonics have also seen a dramatic increase in their use for non-destructive testing, which is the focus of the research of this post.

The laser ultrasonic phased arrays are remote, couplant-free ultrasonic arrays, made of light and are synthesised in post-processing, using ultrasonic imaging algorithms. They will be applied in extreme environments, for in-line process monitoring (for example additive manufacturing) or in-service inspection of safety critical applications (for example nuclear fusion), where conventional arrays cannot be applied. This project will involve a high degree of teamwork and interdisciplinary research. You will have the chance to work in a project that will contribute to reducing usage of natural resources and making safer management of critical components. In alignment with these goals, we value diversity in research as well as within the research team and welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds to collaborate in a supportive and inclusive environment.

The department endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, for which we hold the bronze award, and we are committed from all levels in our faculty in promoting gender equality. Your career development will be supported within this project, which presents excellent opportunities for networking with academic and industrial partners, as well as funding for participating in events and opportunities for training for research, teaching, leadership, management. You will have access to Strathclyde’s excellent and extensive researcher development program and mentoring scheme.

To be considered for the role you will be educated to PhD level in engineering, physics or material science, or have significant, relevant experience in addition to a relevant Degree. You will have sufficient breadth or depth of knowledge n experimental research in ultrasonic arrays.  You will have a developing ability to conduct individual research work, to disseminate results and to prepare research proposals. With the ability to plan and organise your own workload effectively, you will be able to work both independently and within a team environment. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences.

*Whilst a Research Associate is ideally sought for this position, applications from candidates who are close to PhD completion or whose award is pending are welcome. In such circumstances, the appointment will be made at Research Assistant level (RS06 salary scale: £28,331 – £31,866) and duties will be adjusted to reflect the grade of the post. This will continue until the PhD award is confirmed, at which point the duties and grade will be revised accordingly.

Formal interviews for this post will be confirmed in due course.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr Theodosia Stratoudaki, Lecturer (

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Posted on 14th April 2020 in Job Opportunities in Acoustics