We seek someone with proven hands-on expertise in both atom probe tomography, focussed-ion-beam and associated characterisation techniques, with an interest in structural materials with nuclear applications, who is keen to manage their own academic research and associated activities. You should have excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings. If you meet these criteria and hold (or are close to completion of) a relevant PhD/DPhil this could be your next role.
This research position is to work on MIDAS - Mechanistic understanding of Irradiation Damage in fuel Assemblies, which is a collaborative project with academic partners at Imperial College, the University of Manchester and UK Atomic Energy Authority. You will contribute to the study degradation mechanisms in Zr-based fuel assemblies in service through atomic-scale characterisation of neutron irradiation-induced damage and corrosion in zirconium alloys.
You will undertake atom probe tomography (APT) characterisation in the study of neutron irradiated steels. Specimens for APT analysis will be prepared via focussed ion beam (FIB) techniques, utilising advanced Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and Transmission Kikuchi Diffraction (TKD) capabilities. APT analysis will be undertaken in parallel with complementary high-resolution microscopy, mechanical testing and modelling studies of radiation damage by collaborating partners.
The project is funded in the UK by the EPSRC, and will be undertaken in close collaboration with industrial partners. The post is available for up to 30 months.
You will be required to upload a CV and a supporting statement as part of your application.
All applications must be made online no later than 12.00 noon on 5 June 2019. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials at the end of June 2019 and you must be available on this date, either by Skype or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.