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Life Cycle Assessment applied to the Nuclear Industry

UCL - UCL Department of Chemical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: From £17,983 Stipend, per annum + UK fees
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 31st May 2022
Closes: 31st July 2022
Reference: 1884242
 

Life Cycle Assessment applied to the Nuclear Industry

Deadline: 31 July 2022

Stipend: £17,983 per annum + UK fees

Start date: 26 September 2022

VACANCY INFORMATION

The UCL Department of Chemical Engineering is one of the top research and teaching departments in the UK and has a world-class standing. The department offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and has an extensive research portfolio across a wealth of areas, from the molecular scale to the scale of industrial plants. It hosts 28 academics whose research is collaborative, ground-breaking and focused on solving societal problems.

Within the LCA Research Group, the department is seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated PhD student to advance the use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in the nuclear industry to support decision- and policy-making. The project has a significant industrial relevance, and it is part of a long-standing collaboration between UCL and the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL). The post-holder will work in collaboration with NNL and will have the opportunity of a short placement at one of NNL sites.

The post is fully funded for 3.5 years starting September 2022.

STUDENTSHIP DESCRIPTION:

Energy production from nuclear sources is poised to expand significantly in the coming years to help decarbonize the energy sector and meet net-zero targets. For this reason, it is critical that the environmental impacts of nuclear energy production are quantified comprehensively. The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology is used to quantify the environmental impacts of products or technologies from “cradle to grave” and is widely adopted in academia as well as industries and governmental bodies.

The project will aim at tackling research questions that are of particular interest to the UK and the international nuclear industry, including, for example, to identify alternative approaches to treating nuclear wastes or to evaluate the environmental performance of advanced nuclear fuel cycles and reactors. Part of the project will be aimed at improving a pioneering model developed at UCL for assessing the radiological impacts of radionuclides, including those that may arise from deep geological repositories of high-level nuclear wastes.

The post-holder will present the research results at international conferences and in peer-reviewed journal articles of high international standing.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

The successful candidate will have completed or be near to complete a first-class degree at the MEng or MSc level in Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or a related discipline.

The successful candidate will be a dedicated student, preferably with advanced understanding of mass and energy balances and thermodynamics and with an interest in sustainability and environmental issues.

Willingness to perform independently, yet within a collaborative environment, within a world-class competitive and highly demanding environment are a must.

Demonstrable prior knowledge of research methods and modelling approaches are desirable, but not necessary requirements.

ELIGIBILITY:

First-class degree at the MEng or MSc level is required.

Funds are only available to cover UK-equivalent fees.

Applications should be submitted through: https://evision.ucl.ac.uk/urd/sits.urd/run/siw_ipp_lgn.login?process=siw_ipp_app&code1=RRDCENSING01&code2=0033

Please nominate Prof. Paola Lettieri as supervisor and include a statement of interest.

For informal enquiries please contact Prof. Paola Lettieri at p.lettieri@ucl.ac.uk or Dr. Andrea Paulillo at andrea.paulillo@ucl.ac.uk

For further information on the MPhil/PhD course as well as the recruitment and selection process, please click on the link below:

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/chemical-engineering/study/mphilphd

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