Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Mechanical Behaviour of High Entropy Alloys

University of Oxford - Department of Materials

Parks Road, Oxford

We are seeking a PDRA to work on a project entitled ‘Radiation Resistant High Entropy Alloys for Fast Reactor Cladding Applications.’ This is a program lead by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA and University of Oxford in the UK. The PDRA will lead the UK research into alloys with close collaboration with the USA team. Travel to the USA partners will be required throughout the project.

The post is fixed-term for up to 3 years.

You will be in charge of designing and implementing ion irradiation experiments at the University of Surrey National Ion Beam Centre. You will study how the structure of the alloys is changed by irradiation and develop and use novel micro-mechanical testing methods to understand how the mechanical behaviour is influenced by irradiation damage. You will be expected to attend regular project meetings in the UK and USA, contribute to project reports and disseminate results through conferences and papers.

You will hold (or be close to completing) a doctorate in materials science or related discipline. You will be able to demonstrate experience of micro-scale mechanical testing of structural materials, and experience of microstructural characterisation including some of SEM, EBSD, EDX, XRD. You will also be experienced in using FIB or FIB-SEM instruments for manufacture of micro-scale specimens.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 16 October 2017.

The Department of Materials has been awarded departmental Bronze Athena SWAN status in recognition of its efforts to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality and create a better working environment for both men and women.  Job applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy is changing. With effect from October 1 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above will have a retirement age of 68, and all employees at Grades 6 and 7 will no longer have a set retirement age. Further details are available at:

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