Research Associate in Crystal Plasticity Modelling

University of Bristol - School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

This is an exciting opportunity for a post-doctoral researcher, with experience in solid mechanics and/or materials science, to join a world-leading research team in the Solid Mechanics Research Group (SMRG) within the School of Civil, Aerospace, and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol.

UoB has had a long and successful track record in the area of nuclear structural integrity at high temperature, hosting the EDF High Temperature Centre. To continue the UK’s international lead in the field, significant research is required to further expand knowledge in high temperature structural integrity, a critical engineering issue for the designing the next generation of advanced reactors. Project MAINTAiN (Multi-scAle INTegrity assessment for Advanced high-temperature Nuclear systems), funded by EPSRC, is aimed at simulating creep using crystal plasticity framework to predict the behaviour of large structural components valued by multi-scale experiential work.

MAINTAiN is a multi-partner project led by University of Bristol and includes experimental and modelling creep work at macro and meso-scale, dislocation dynamics and crystal plasticity modelling. Our industrial partners are EDF Energy and Culham Centre for Fusion Energy/UKAEA. Data and knowledge transfer between the UK and Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a key aspect of the project.

The role holder will be expected to demonstrate research leadership across a portfolio of projects. You will collaborate closely with a wide range of internal and external colleagues in order to define, plan, deliver and report on a research project in the wider context of nuclear structural integrity at high temperature. You will report and communicate your research outputs in journal papers, conferences and at workshops and meetings with our partners and collaborators.

You will work closely with academics, research associates and research students at Bristol and other academic institutions. Further, it is expected that you will work in close collaboration with colleagues in EDF and CCFE/UKAEA and potentially other industrial partners, manage your time within a multi-disciplinary team, and ensure successful delivery of research activities. You should be willing to travel within the UK and occasionally internationally.

You will have a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science (or closely related discipline) and show significant evidence of having developed and then delivered high-quality research projects in an academic and/or industrial context. You will have an excellent record of publications in academic journals with a focus on crystal plasticity and preferably on creep in metallic systems. Focus of your research can be modelling high temperature performance of structural materials.

This post is offered on a full time, open ended basis with funding up to 31 march 2021. It is anticipated that interviews will take place shortly after the closing date.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Mahmoud Mostafavi (

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