Research Associate

Job summary

The Mechanics of Infrastructure Materials research group are looking to hire a Research Associate to work in the development of new phase field-based models for predicting localised corrosion (pitting and stress corrosion cracking). The work is part of a wider project, led by Dr Emilio Martínez-Pañeda, that combines experiments and finite element modelling to shed light into multi-physics interfacial challenges in materials engineering....

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01806
  • Date posted 15 July 2021
  • Closing date 5 September 2021

Job description

Job summary

The Mechanics of Infrastructure Materials research group are looking to hire a Research Associate to work in the development of new phase field-based models for predicting localised corrosion (pitting and stress corrosion cracking). The work is part of a wider project, led by Dr Emilio Martínez-Pañeda, that combines experiments and finite element modelling to shed light into multi-physics interfacial challenges in materials engineering.

Corrosion damage is arguably the most harmful phenomenon compromising the safety and durability of materials and structures. Pervasive across the energy, defence, construction and transport sectors, the problem carries an annual global cost of $2.5 trillion (equivalent to 3.4% of the world’s GDP). Now, there is an opportunity to develop models that can predict corrosion damage. The phase field paradigm enables tracking the evolution of the solid metal – aqueous electrolyte interface and multi-physics models can simulate concurrent (coupled) physical processes such as chemical reactions, diffusion of species and mechanical deformation. To achieve this, it is necessary to resolve the material microstructure and the electrochemistry of the problem.

You will have access to state-of-the-art HPC facilities and will also have the opportunity to (co-)supervise PhD and MSc Theses. The initial term will be one year, with the potential to extend the appointment for up to four years. The starting date is relatively flexible, with a preference for the period October-December 2021.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be responsible for developing and implementing new multi-physics phase field schemes for predicting localised corrosion (pitting and stress corrosion cracking). You will be expected to develop a sound understanding of the theoretical background and to run calculations to gain new insight into this multidisciplinary (electro-chemo-mechanics) phenomenon. You will likely be using the finite element package COMSOL. You will also be expected to take part in collaborative work, take part in the activities of the research group, submit publications to reputed journals and liaise with academic collaborators and sponsors.

Essential requirements

You must have obtained or be close to obtaining a PhD in engineering, mathematics, physics, materials science, or other closely related disciplines. Also, you should have experience in at least one of the following:

  • Finite element analysis
  • COMSOL
  • Corrosion or Stress Corrosion Cracking
  • Multi-physics modelling
  • Phase field methods
  • Crystal plasticity
  • Electrochemistry

Further information

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Emilio Martínez-Pañeda e.martinez-paneda@imperial.ac.uk

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

Further information about the post is available in the job description. Please make sure to upload a CV and a cover letter with the application.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Briony Webb at b.webb@imperial.ac.uk

 

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