Research Associate in Characterisation of the Breakdown of Sweet and Sour Corrosion Scale via In Situ X-ray Tomography and Advanced Electrochemical Techniques

The University of Manchester - School of Materials

Closing Date : 10/09/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : From 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2019
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
School/Directorate : School of Materials
Division : -
Hours Per week : Full Time
Salary : £31,076 to £38,183 per annum
Location : Sackville Street, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-10431

We are seeking to employ a Postdoctoral Research Associate within the School of Materials on a full time basis. The post is fixed term for a period of 24 months commencing 01 January 2018.

The goal of this EPSRC/BP funded research project is to investigate the breakdown of corrosion scales formed in sweet/sour dissolved CO2/H2S oilfield environments. Specific to the project, focus will be placed on characterisation of scale formation, scale cracking/breakdown and subsequent localised corrosion of the substrate steel as a function of simulated pipeline chemistries. A key goal of this programme will be to elucidate the differences between a protective and non-protective scale. In situ experiments will be conducted, in conjunction with various electrochemical techniques, in CO2/H2S containing aqueous solutions to directly image scale breakdown, localised corrosion initiation and localised corrosion propagation.

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct x-ray computed tomography experiments, both at the University of Manchester as well as at various synchrotron facilities in Europe and the United States, in conjunction with advanced electrochemical characterisation including electrochemical noise, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and scanning electrochemical probe techniques.

The candidate would be expected to work closely with current staff within the Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility MXIF to develop bespoke environmental chambers to best simulate environments observed in service. It is also expected that they will assist with the supervision of research students, produce reports and presentations for project meetings with BP, as well as writing manuscripts for publication.

The School of Materials is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine in higher education. The School received a Bronze Award in 2013 for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Brian Connolly


Tel: 0161 306 4850

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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