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Research Associate - Rotorcraft Research

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Job title - Research Associate in Active Tendon Morphing Rotor Blades
Job number - ACAD104425
Division/School - School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Contract type - Open Ended
Working pattern - Full time
Salary 33,797 - 38,017
Closing date for applications - 2nd March 2020

Applications are invited for a Research Associate in Active Tendon Morphing Rotor Blades, fully funded until 30 November 2020, starting as soon as possible.

This exciting research position will conduct active tendon morphing rotorcraft research as part of a 6M, 3.5 year long EU H2020 project on Shape Adaptive Blades for Rotorcraft Efficiency (SABRE), led by the University of Bristol.

The SABRE project is made up of a consortium of six research organisations from across Europe developing ground-breaking new helicopter blade morphing technologies.

Working as part of the University of Bristol SABRE team, you will be a vital player in the success of what this ambitious, multi-faceted project aims to deliver. As part of this, the research for this role will focus on the development of a promising blade stiffness control and resonance avoidance method enabled by active tendons.

The RA will be responsible for completion of an advanced experimental program involving dynamics of the blade-tendon system and mechanical integration studies as well as benchtop (Bristol) and whirl tower dynamic testing (Germany).

This work will build off successful published research completed in SABRE to date.

This final SABRE research stage will be aimed to experimentally demonstrate the achievable dynamic performance of the concept in the realistic test conditions.

The successful candidate will work closely with Dr. Brano Titurus, project partners, and a team of SABRE researchers at Bristol, and will attend project meetings hosted by the partners (in Germany) and contribute to project deliverables and dissemination activities.

This role has initial funding until 30 November 2020 with the potential for follow on funding.

Informal inquiries about this position can be made to: Dr. Brano Titurus ( and SABRE Project Coordinator (PI) (

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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Status: Research Scientist
Location: Bristol, UNITED KINGDOM
Advert Published: 10 Feb 2020
Expiry date: 2 Mar 2020
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