Research Associate in Shielding Materials for Fusion Energy
The post is funded by an EPSRC research grant running for 5 years that is titled “Advanced Shielding Materials to Enable Compact Fusion Reactors” (https://gow.epsrc.ukri.org/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/W008025/1). You will be responsible for understanding the relationships between the microstructural evolution of radiation shielding materials and their property degradation under simulated neutron exposure. Irradiation experiments will...
Job listing information
- Reference ENG02266
- Date posted 22 August 2022
- Closing date 1 October 2022
The post is funded by an EPSRC research grant running for 5 years that is titled “Advanced Shielding Materials to Enable Compact Fusion Reactors” (https://gow.epsrc.ukri.org/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/W008025/1). You will be responsible for understanding the relationships between the microstructural evolution of radiation shielding materials and their property degradation under simulated neutron exposure. Irradiation experiments will be carried out at UK ion and neutron beam facilities and the materials characterised by microscopy and micromechanical tests at Imperial. Your duties may include supervision of Master’s projects and PhD students, developing research proposals, writing publications, and leading collaborations with external research facilities.
Duties and responsibilities
- To take the initiative in planning and conducting your own research with appropriate supervision
- To identify and develop suitable techniques for the collection/analysis of data and to ensure data validity and reliability at all times
- To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings
- To develop research collaborations within the College and the wider community
- Contribute to the development of research proposals
- To attend relevant workshops and conferences and present your findings to colleagues
- To write publications to high quality refereed journals
- To promote the reputation of the Group, the Department and the College at all times
- To provide guidance to undergraduate and postgraduate research students
- To participate in Group research meetings and internal seminars
- To contribute to the smooth running of the Group’s laboratories by managing equipment and/or training colleagues
Post holder will be expected to demonstrate the following:
- Research Associate: Hold a PhD in materials science and engineering or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
- Research Assistant: Near completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in materials science and engineering or a closely related discipline,
- Practical experience in analytical microscopy of materials (e.g. transmission electron microscopy or focussed ion beam microscopy).
- Experience in irradiation damage studies or micromechanical testing methods.
- Experience of presenting work at significant national or international conferences
- A track record of publishing high quality papers in peer reviewed journals or be in the process of meeting this criterion.
- Knowledge of basic statistical procedures for understanding uncertainty in data
- Ability to conduct a detailed review of recent literature
- Ability to develop and apply new concepts
- Creative approach to problem-solving
*Candidates who have not yet officially been awarded their PhD will be appointed initially at Research Associate (with a salary range of £38,194 to £41,388).
It is anticipated a start date of January 2023. Earlier or later start dates are also possible.
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