Research Associate in Glass/Crystal Containing Wasteforms working on DISTINCTIVE EPSRC Consortium project

Imperial College London - Department of Materials

Fixed term appointment for up to 24 months         

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Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work with Professor Bill Lee and Dr Michael Rushton on the development of models of glass composite materials for the immobilisation of difficult waste streams focussed on those from the Legacy Ponds and Silos at Sellafield UK as part of the Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage Solutions for Nuclear Waste Inventories EPSRC funded consortium.

Some of the LP&S wastes are heterogeneous, poorly characterised and require development of novel technologies for their immobilisation such as using thermal methods based on plasma vitrification or Joule heated in-container vitrification or non-thermal methods using geopolymers or hydroceramics. The degradation of the heterogeneous multiphase wasteforms generated by such technologies will be complex and requires development of new experimental testing and modelling techniques to understanding their corrosion in the aqueous environments present in repository environments. This project will develop modelling techniques working with teams from both Sellafield and the National Nuclear Laboratory.

You should have a PhD (or equivalent) in Physical Sciences or Engineering. Experience of ceramic/glass modelling is essential. Candidates should also have some knowledge of ceramic/glass modelling at the atomic scale while experience of the nuclear sector would be beneficial. You must be able to deliver high-quality scientific talks in English, and to have adequate written communication skills in English.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £31,740 - £33,370 per annum.

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please click ‘apply’ below or go to (Select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed quoting reference number EN20160372AM. Further information is also available on the job description.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to: Mrs Darakshan Khan -

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