Research Associate: In Situ Imaging and Probing the Fundamental Causes of Dynamic Failure

The University of Manchester - School of Materials

Closing Date : 14/12/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : 1 March 2018 until 28 February 2021
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering 
School/Directorate : School of Materials
Division : Materials 
Hours Per week : Full time
Salary : £31,604 to £33,518 per annum according to experience
Location : Harwell, Oxfordshire
Job Reference : S&E-11016

You will join a dynamic team within the University of Manchester at Harwell, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, with the opportunity to be involved with experiments at Diamond Light Source, the Central Laser Facility and ISIS Neutron and Muon Source.

The group, under the Directorship of Prof Neil Bourne, undertakes a wide range of research to investigate materials and technology relevant to the modern world. The main focus of this research post is on the physical mechanisms responsible for initiating failure in materials and structures and, for the first time, linking the derived data to predictive, first-principle modelling that will make a step change in the engineering of structures. This post supports a project carried out in collaboration between the Universities of Manchester, Warwick and Bristol.

Your core role will be to apply synchrotron, laboratory X-ray source and other modalities to image key aspects of fracture at the atomic-, meso- and macroscale. You will design experiments, analyse and interpret X-ray and neutron data. You will be trained to become one of the technical authorities for demanding experimental environments, acquisition of relevant data and subsequent data analysis.

You will need to demonstrate a high level of initiative and possess the ability to work both collaboratively as part of a team and independently. You should have a relevant PhD or equivalent research experience. You should have in depth knowledge of at least one of: Materials failure; experimental condensed matter physics or chemistry; microstructural characterisation techniques. Experience in at least two of X-ray tomography experiments, conducting experiments using a synchrotron or neutron source and the design of experiments/experimental rigs for high temperature or high pressure is also required.

The School 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 holds a Bronze Award 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: Professor Neil Bourne


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

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Tel: 01618502004

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

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