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Research Associate

Coventry University - Institute for Future Transport and Cities

Location: Coventry
Salary: £32,243 to £34,194
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 26th November 2018
Closes: 23rd December 2018
Job Ref: REQ006520

Probation period: 6 months

Duties and Responsibilities

The Materials and Structural Integrity Research Group at Coventry University is seeking to appoint a Research Associate to be based at The Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing.  You will work with Dr Bo Chen on his recently awarded EPSRC Early Career Fellowship in Nuclear Fission

Your role is to use high-end microstructural characterisation facilities that include Focused Ion Beam, High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy and Atom Probe Tomography to study long-term microstructural degradation of 316L(N) stainless steel subject to creep-fatigue loads. You will work closely with academic and industrial collaborators from University of Oxford, EDF Energy UK and Wood as well as several Dr Bo Chen’s international research partners at Europe and China working on fast nuclear reactors.

This post is full time and you will be initially offered a duration of 24 months then possibly a further 12 months or more subject to your academic performance. Dr Chen has the research funding until 31 Dec 2023.

Key Requirements

You will be a highly motivated individual with a strong background in advanced microstructural characterisation techniques by using electron microscopy. Prior experience and expertise in high-end scanning electron microscopy, focused ion beam and/or transmission electron microscopy are essential, preferably with a working understanding of atom probe tomography.

Good communication skills are essential, and you must be enthusiastic about working with scientists and industry experts from complementary disciplines. The successful candidate will join a dynamic research group at Coventry and you will have frequent travels to Oxford Materials and spend a significant amount of time at Oxford by working with Dr Chen’s research partner, Prof. Michael Moody, (Professor of Materials and Fellow of Trinity College) on advanced microstructural characterisation.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the 'Apply Now' button below.

For informal discussions regarding this post, please contact Dr Bo Chen, email:

Closing date: 23 December 2018

Interviews in Jan 2019

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