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PhD Studentship: Nuclear Waste Glass Durability as a Function of Groundwater Composition

University of Sheffield - Materials Science and Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Sheffield
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 5th February 2019
Closes: 29th April 2019

We are seeking an enthusiastic, motivated individual who wishes to learn about radioactive waste management in the UK with a desire to help influence Government policy on nuclear waste disposal. We are offering an opportunity for a 4 year, fully-funded PhD within the world-leading Immobilisation Science Laboratory in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

The PhD project focuses on determining the long-term (>10,000 yrs) behaviour of nuclear waste glass within a geological disposal facility. The outcome will be a detailed mechanistic understanding of glass durability as a function of groundwater geochemical species, through a series of corrosion experiments coupled with geochemical modelling. The successful applicant will work in the Immobilisation Science Laboratory at the University of Sheffield, a world-leaching centre for nuclear waste research, alongside 45 other PhD students. You will have access to the brand new £2M suite of dedicated radiation-controlled laboratory facilities and will have the opportunity to perform experiments using state-of-the-art facilities at the University and worldwide (e.g. National Synchrotron Light Source II, New York, USA). We strongly encourage applicants to take a short placement within the nuclear industry (e.g. NNL, Sellafield Ltd. etc.).

Additional Information

This project would suit a candidate with a 1st or 2:1 Bachelor or Masters degree in any of the following: materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, geology or related subjects. To be eligible for a studentship, you must either be a U.K. citizen or a European Union national who has been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to starting the course. For more information, contact Dr. Claire Corkhill (

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