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Postdoctoral Researcher in Mathematical Modelling of Metal Spinning (Closing Date: 19th August 2022, 12noon)

JOB ID: Job ID :  053508

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LOCATION: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Limerick

REPORTS TO: Dr. Doireann O'Kiely

CONTRACT TYPE: Specific Purpose

SALARY SCALE: €39,523 - €51,035 p.a. pro rata

CLOSING DATE: 19th August 2022, 12noon


Informal enquiries regarding this post may be directed to:

Dr. Doireann O'Kiely

Department of Mathematics & Statistics

University of Limerick





The Department of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Limerick is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher to develop our research programme in modelling of metal forming. The successful candidate will be based at the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI), Ireland’s largest applied and industrial mathematics group. MACSI works closely with scientists and industrial companies across a wide variety of sectors with the aim of fostering new collaborative research, in particular on problems that arise in industry through the application of cutting-edge mathematical and statistical modelling techniques.

The position will be funded by the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre in Smart Manufacturing, Confirm ( Confirm was launched in 2017 and includes 9 academic partner institutions (UL, LIT, UCC, CIT, NUIG, AIT, IT Tralee, NUI Maynooth, and Tyndall National Institute) and over 40 industrial partners. Confirm focuses on manufacturing research at a systems level, where we take data from discrete production processes using bespoke sensors, use manufacturing data analytics to extract relevant data to drive predictive models and alogorithms of production in order to make smart decisions to be fed back to the machine controllers and robots, all implemented through secure ICT software loops linking the systems. This research programme focuses on finite element analysis of a metal spinning process to support this overall mission. 

Confirm has a dual research focus - it carries out an industry - targeted research programme in collaboration with industry partners, in addition to a fundamental research programme that underpins future developments in manufacturing systems. This project will align with the fundametal research programme of Confirm. 

The successful candidate will develop computational models of a metal spinning process to predict stresses and failure modes, with a long-term view to developing insight into the physical mechanisms driving failure and the development of reduced mathematical models describing the process. Please note that this position is available for immediate start and is currently funded until 30 September 2023. 



  • A doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) completed or in the final stages of completion, in applied mathematics, mechanical engineering or related field with significant mathematical modelling content. Please give date of Viva in application. Applicants must have fulfilled the requirements for the award of PhD degree before commencing post).
  • Demonstrated expertise in Finite Element Analysis.
  • Expertise in continuum mechanics.
  • Evidence of strong communication skills and well-developed ability to communicate technical concepts to non-experts.
  • Strong examples of ability to collaborate with other researchers and/or industry partners



  • Demonstrated experience using Abaqus software.
  • Experience of producing self-contained, documented simulation packages.
  • Excellent interpersonal and project management and/or people management skills.
  • In depth knowledge of the theory underlying solid buckling and elastic-plastic transitions. 


Applications must include:

  • Full Title of PhD Thesis
  • Full List of Publications including weblinks to publications