Research Associate in atomic scale modelling of zirconium alloys
This is an exciting opportunity to work on an EPSRC programme grant on mechanistic understanding of irradiation damage in fuel assemblies (MIDAS) that was awarded to Manchester University in partnership with Oxford University and Imperial College London. Your role will be to develop cutting edge models using density functional theory (DFT) of dislocation structures in Zr alloys, created by irradiation damage, and their interactions with...
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- Reference ENG01175
- Date posted 20 January 2020
- Closing date 10 February 2020
This is an exciting opportunity to work on an EPSRC programme grant on mechanistic understanding of irradiation damage in fuel assemblies (MIDAS) that was awarded to Manchester University in partnership with Oxford University and Imperial College London. Your role will be to develop cutting edge models using density functional theory (DFT) of dislocation structures in Zr alloys, created by irradiation damage, and their interactions with alloying elements and impurity species. To determine differences between current empirical model predictions, with those of DFT, and to help other PDRAs in MIDAS in the interpretation of their experimental results by developing mechanistic models. Furthermore, it is expected there will be strong collaborations with other modelling PDRAs, within MIDAS, by providing data e.g. for fitting of new empirical models by a PDRA supported at the Centre for Fusion Energy in Culham.
Duties and responsibilities
- To conduct excellent research involving the development of embedded quantum mechanical simulations for exploring the core behaviour of dislocations/stacking faults in Zr alloys.
- To achieve the milestone and deliverables set out by the MIDAS management group.
- To direct and support the work of small research teams including undergraduate and postgraduate students.
- To draft publications and prepare them for submission to high impact refereed journals.
- To prepare material for presentation in oral and poster formats and to deliver presentations at seminars, conferences and workshops.
- To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings and to ensure that research data is managed appropriately.
- To write reports for use internally and by research sponsors as required.
- To contribute to writing bids for research grants.
- To take responsibility for organising resources and effective decision making in support of research.
- To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times.
- To present findings to colleagues and at conferences.
- To provide guidance to staff and students.
- To attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessary.
- To develop contacts and research collaborations within the College and the wider nuclear community especially within Manchester University, Oxford University and nuclear industry stakeholders.
- To promote the reputation of the Group, the Department and the College.
Education - Teaching
- To undertake instruction of PhD and undergraduate and master students, as agreed.
Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following:
- Hold, a PhD (or equivalent) in nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering or materials engineering
- Outstanding track record of research, as evidenced by publications in high impact peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Acta Materialia and Journal of Nuclear Materials) and presentations at workshops and conferences.
- Experience of using DFT codes, especially for transition metals.
- Experience of DFT calculations on multi-component alloy systems
- Knowledge/experience of working with a nuclear industry partner is welcomed.
- Experience of using and administering the use of Tier 2 computing services and evidence of benchmarking studies.
- Ability to conduct a detailed review of recent literature, especially with respect to Zr alloys or multi-component alloys.
- Ability to formulate key research questions and to devise a strategy to employ a range of simulation techniques to address them; and/or ability to develop new predictive models for use in alloy development.
- Ability to apply new concepts and a creative approach to problem-solving.
- Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of people.
- Excellent written communication skills including the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication and for the maintaining of the group website.
- Ability to organise own work with minimal supervision.
- Ability to prioritise own work in response to deadlines.
- Ability to direct the work of a small research team and motivate others to produce a high standard of work.
- Ability to assess resource requirements and deploy them effectively.
- Ability to encourage research culture in others.
- Willingness to work as part of a team and to be open-minded and cooperative.
- Flexible attitude towards work.
- Discipline and regard for confidentiality and security at all times.
- Willingness to undertake any necessary training for the role.
*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.
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