Research Associate in Hydrogen Embrittlement (Experiments)
We are seeking a Research Associate to join the Mechanics of Infrastructure Materials group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, to work on improving our understanding of hydrogen-assisted failures using experimental methods. As part of an EPRI funded project, you will have access to innovative equipment for characterising the susceptibility of metals to hydrogen embrittlement, from both mechanical and electrochemical...
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- Reference ENG02598
- Date posted 25 April 2023
- Closing date 23 May 2023
We are seeking a Research Associate to join the Mechanics of Infrastructure Materials group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, to work on improving our understanding of hydrogen-assisted failures using experimental methods. As part of an EPRI funded project, you will have access to innovative equipment for characterising the susceptibility of metals to hydrogen embrittlement, from both mechanical and electrochemical perspectives. You will work under the supervision of Dr Emilio Martínez-Pañeda.
Hydrogen embrittlement is arguably the biggest threat to the deployment of a hydrogen energy infrastructure and the cause of numerous structural integrity problems in the transport, defence, marine and construction sectors. When exposed to hydrogen, metallic materials exhibit a significant drop in ductility and fracture toughness (of up to 90%). There is a need to improve our understanding of the underlying physics governing hydrogen embrittlement so as to guide design and operation and develop novel scientific solutions to this pressing problem.
Duties and responsibilities
You will be responsible for conducting a wide variety of experimental tasks, including (but not limited to) mechanical testing, microscopy (SEM), hydrogen permeation (both gaseous and electrochemical), electrochemical charging, and thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). You will also take part in collaborative work, join in the activities of the research group, submit publications to reputed journals and liaise with academic collaborators and sponsors.
- PhD (or near completion of) in materials science, engineering, physics, chemistry, or other closely-related fields, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
- Experience in materials engineering
- Ability to conduct experimental testing
- Ability to conduct a detailed review of recent literature
- Willingness to work as part of a team and to be open-minded and cooperative
This is a full time, fixed term post for 12 months. The starting date is relatively flexible, with a preference for the period July-September 2023.
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