Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Stress Corrosion Cracking Mechanisms - STEM and APT

University of Oxford - Department of Materials

Parks Road, Oxford

The role of the successful applicant will be to conduct experimental research in characterisation of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in materials for fission reactors (e.g. PWRs). Research to be carried out in this post will be centred on the characterisation of SCC crack tips in a series of austenitic alloys by high-resolution analytical STEM and atom-probe tomography (APT). We are especially interested in correlative microscopy where the same feature is studied by both techniques. The main objective will be to provide with a better explanation of the effect of alloy composition on crack growth. The research is based in Oxford, but will be performed within a large, multi-faceted collaborative project involving Oxford and Manchester universities, and two external partners: EDF (France) and INSS (Japan). The post is funded for up to 3 years by EPSRC.

You will hold a relevant PhD/DPhil in materials science or a related field and possess specialist knowledge, experience and skills related to the field of analytical high-resolution methods (STEM and/or APT). Experience on corrosion and/or fracture would be advantageous.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 20 December 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 is committed to creating a positive working environment for everyone. 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 has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here:

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