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Research Associate

Lancaster University - Engineering Department

Location: Lancaster
Salary: £28,756 to £33,309
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th November 2021
Closes: 6th December 2021
Job Ref: A3594

Contract: Indefinite with end date

Applications are invited for an EPSRC funded post-doctoral position, situated within the Engineering Department at Lancaster University, to work on project entitled “REACTION – Radiation tolerant rapid criticality monitoring”. The project is funded through the UK Japan Civil Nuclear Research Programme and involves a Japanese partner at Shizuoka University, in addition to a UK industry partner. Some international travel to/from Japan will be expected.

The project aims to develop and deploy a radiation-hard sensor system capable of in-situ, real-time detection of fast neutrons in a high gamma-flux environment and demonstrate its ability to perform rapid recriticality detection. To achieve this, the key innovative features of this project are: (i) Model, design and commission of detectors optimised to maximise radiation hardness and to minimise gamma saturation (UK focus); (ii) Design and commission a state-of-the-art radiation tolerant, multichannel, digital analyser based on an optoelectronic gate array (Japan focus); and (iii) Deploy a proprietary real-time algorithm on to the commissioned digital analyser (Industry focus).

You will join a research team led by Dr. Michael Aspinall, studying novel detector systems and real-time analysis applicable to nuclear science and engineering. The position is available to scientists with a PhD in physics, nuclear or electronic engineering. Post-doctoral experience is not essential.

Lancaster University is committed to the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is due to come to an end on 30th April 2022, though a project extension will be requested.

Informal enquiries to Dr Michael Aspinall, email: m.d.aspinall@lancaster.ac.uk

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