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Post Doctoral Research Assistant in Micromechanics and Materials for Fusion and Fission Power

University of Oxford - Department of Materials

Location: Oxford
Salary: £31,604 to £38,883 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th July 2018
Closes: 27th August 2018
Job Ref: 135899

The Person

With a PhD in materials science or related discipline you will be self-motivated, able to plan and deliver a research project. You will have a background in and 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 Project

This work is funded by the EPSRC in collaboration with USA and Indian funding agencies, with collaborators in the UK at Sheffield and Manchester Universities.  You will research into the effects of radiation damage on the microstructure and mechanical properties of novel high entropy alloys for nuclear power applications. 

Based mainly in the Department of Materials (Oxford), 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 project meetings in the UK, USA, and India and contribute to project reports and disseminate results through conferences and papers.

All applications must be made online using the Oxford University E-Recruitment system. You will be required to upload a CV and a supporting statement as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 27 August 2018. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials in the week commencing 10 September 2018, either by Skype or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

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