Research Fellow (78780-116)

University of Warwick - School of Engineering

Fixed term contract for 1 Year.

You will undertake research as part of the EPSRC-funded project “Predictive Modelling of the Fundamentals of Fracture in Metals” (EP/P002188/1) to assist the principal investigator, Dr James Kermode, and project partners in the successful execution of the project. Key objectives are to develop methodology that allows energy barriers for rare events to be computed with quantum mechanical (QM) precision in systems containing millions of atoms using a multiscale framework, and to apply this new methodology to predict rates for activated materials failure processes in representative systems (e.g. dislocation motion, crack growth, and crack tip dislocation emission in nickel, aluminium and tungsten).

You will undertake independent and collaborative research and will be expected to write up your research for publication. You will be responsible for ensuring that project objectives and deadlines are met, and will communicate complex information (orally and in writing) and material of a specialist or highly technical nature. You will also be required to contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and contractual purposes, to support a developing research agenda, and assist in the supervision of student projects and the development of student research skills.

You will have a good honours degree (2.1 minimum) or equivalent in a relevant subject and a PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output in a relevant field is essential as is a developing research profile with the ability to publish high quality research.

You will have experience with first principles calculations at the level of density functional theory and proven scientific software development skills using C, Fortran or Python. Knowledge and experience with classical molecular dynamics simulations and/or rare events simulation techniques would be an advantage. Good IT skills including Microsoft Office and proven ability to use IT to write technical research papers and presentations are essential.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£28,453 pa). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£29,301 pa).

The University aims to promote work life balance for all employees and the School of Engineering will consider a range of possible flexible working arrangements in order to recruit the best candidate.

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role are found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick jobs page. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button below.

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