Research Associate - Layered carbide materials for reactor cores

University of Cambridge - Department of Earth Sciences

A post-doctoral research assistantship is available in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge to examine the radiation and corrosion resistance of new layered carbide materials to be utilised in nuclear reactor cores. This project is part of a larger effort on the suitability of these materials in nuclear applications being carried out by the Departments of Earth Sciences and Materials Science and Metallurgy, which consists of an on going EPSRC Research Consortium, participation in the US DoE/Westinghouse CARAT initiative on accident tolerant nuclear fuels and a current EU H2020 research consortium application.  The successful candidate will be responsible for developing an irradiation and corrosion testing campaign using national and international irradiation facilities and designing a suitable analytical programme to investigate changes in structure and materials properties that occur during irradiation and corrosion both under in-core and accident conditions. The successful candidate should have or expect to obtain a PhD in Earth Sciences, Materials Science, Physics or Chemistry with a practical knowledge of the interaction of ionising radiation with matter and, preferably, refereed publications in this area. A good level of written and communication skills is expected to disseminate research results and present them at consortium meetings and at international conferences.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

In order to meet statutory requirements successful candidates will be UK Nationals and capable of being cleared to SC Level.  Start date will be March 2017.

Informal enquiries should be made in the first instance to Dr Ian Farnan (

Please quote reference LB10364 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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