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Research Associate in CFD modelling of reactive transport in geomaterial related to radioactive waste disposal systems

Heriot-Watt University

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £36,023 to £44,263 Grade 7, per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st February 2024
Closes: 13th March 2024
Job Ref: 3549

Contract: Full-time (35 hours per week), Fixed Term (30 Months)

The GeoSafe project is consortium funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. It includes researcher from Heriot-Watt University, Imperial College London, University of Manchester, University of Leeds, University of Liverpool, the National Nuclear Laboratory, and the British Geological survey. The objective of the consortium is to investigate the safe disposal of radioactive waste in lower strength sedimentary rocks (LSSRs).

We are looking for a research associate who will work within GeoSafe on CFD modelling of reactive transport during radioactive waste disposal in LSSR. 

The role requires the candidate to undertake detailed studies of transport and fate of radionuclide under relevant (biogeo)chemical conditions.  The studies will involve CFD modelling in micro-CT images of rocks.

Key Duties & Responsibilities 

The post holder is required to:

  • Work closely with the PI and undertake independent research
  • Work with the partners of GeoSafe
  • Interaction with international collaborators 
  • Disseminate results of research in peer reviewed journals and conferences, and/or other appropriate media
  • Continue to update personal knowledge and to develop skills within own specialist research area
  • Maintain written records of research results and progress generated intellectual property and data analysis
  • Contribute to the production of research reports and publications.
  • Write research reports and publications
  • Analyse and interpret the results of own research and generate original ideas bases on outcomes
  • Prepare proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding purposes
  • Use initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the research portfolio
  • Build internal contacts and participate in internal networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration
  • Work with academic colleagues on areas of shared research interest and contribute to collaborative decision making

Education, Qualifications and Experience (i.e. Person Specification)


Essential

  • A PhD in engineering or any relevant scientific fields (or near completion) 
  • Experience in numerical modelling of flow processes, chemical reactions and reactive transport modelling
  • Experience with programming in scientific languages such as C or C++
  • Designing and performing numerical simulations, evaluating the data generated and reporting conclusions drawn.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of flow process in porous media
  • Experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and experience producing professional standard reports and presenting technical material
  • Excellent organisation skills and proven ability working to meet deadlines

Desirable

  • Experience with CFD software (e.g., OpenFOAM, COMSOL, FLUENT)
  • Experience with geochemical modelling software (e.g., PHREEQC, REAKTORO, CRUNCH)
  • Experience in heat transfer modelling
  • Experience with MATLAB or Python (numpy, pandas, SciKitImage, SciKitLearn)
  • Experience in image analysis (Avizo, Imagej/Fiji, or similar)
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Attention to detail and demonstrative disciplined and methodical approach to workload in order to complete tasks. 

How to Apply 

Applications can be submitted until midnight on the 13th March 2024.

When applying, please include a CV and cover letter addressing these selection criteria. 

Contact for enquiries:

Candidates can make informal enquiries about this position to Julien Maes:
j.maes@hw.ac.uk 

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