Research Associate - New Materials for Nuclear Applications

University of Cambridge - Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

A post-doctoral fellowship is available on a project to apply ab initio random structure searching (AIRSS) techniques to new nuclear materials. This post is suitable for a candidate who has or is about to obtain a PhD in Materials Science, Mineral Physics, Physics or Chemistry with experience in first principles calculations of materials properties. The appointee will work with Prof. Pickard and Dr Farnan to couple advanced materials selection techniques and a detailed application of AIRSS to evaluate and propose a new set of materials as components of a nuclear reactor core (fuels and clads). 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.

For informal enquiries contact Professor Pickard (

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

Please quote reference LB10367 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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