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University of Plymouth: Research Assistant in Molecular Ecotoxicology

  • Contract: Full-Time, Fixed-Term for 11 months
  • Salary: £25,941 - £30,046
  • Closing date: 7th March 2021

Applications are invited from suitable candidates for an exciting and challenging position.  Using a range of molecular (e.g. transcriptomics, proteomics), biochemical, histopathological and physiological approaches, you will need to determine the impacts of tritiated materials (e.g. cement, steel) on bivalves. In this interdisciplinary project, you will need to adopt different dosimetry models to determine the biological or biomarker responses following exposure to different types of tritiated materials. You will need to be aware of principles of radiological protection and apply Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) for the safe handling and safe disposal of radioactive materials.

The post is suitable for a high calibre researcher with experience in the field of environmental radioactivity / molecular ecotoxicology, with particular emphasis on using bivalves as an experimental model. Preference will be given to the candidate with recent experience of relevant techniques and a proven track record of publications. You will support EU H2020 funded project, TRANSAT and work with other partners involved in the project.


University of Bristol: 2 x Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Crystal Plasticity Finite Element Modelling of Structural Materials

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  • Faculty of Engineering, Solid Mechanics Research Group
  • Contract: Full-Time, Open-ended
  • Salary: £33,797-£42,792
  • Closing date: 28th March 2021

Up to two positions are available to carry out modelling research of the deformation and damage of metallic structural materials, spanning related projects. Specifically, these roles will lead to the design, development and delivery of a wide variety of materials modelling activities using Crystal Plasticity
Finite Element (CPFE) methods. The projects are funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), EDF Energy, and UK Atomic Energy Authority.

You will define and deliver a variety of research activities on CPFE modelling. You will collaborate with a wide range of academic and industrial partners; the main collaborating organisation will be EDF Energy – the company which operates the UK’s nuclear power stations. You will deliver academic impact from your work by publishing journal papers and attending conferences, while you will help deliver industrial impact by communicating your results to industrial collaborators


University of Bristol: Research Associate in Micro-mechanical Testing of Aerospace and Nuclear Materials

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  • Faculty of Science, Experimental Mechanics of Advanced Materials Group
  • Contract: Full-Time, Open-ended
  • Salary: £33,797-£38,017
  • Closing date: 30th March 2021

This role will contribute to the micro-mechanical and microstructural characterisation of a range of materials from aerospace ceramic-matrix composites (oxide CMCs and SiC CMCs) to nuclear accident tolerant fuel cladding materials (coated Zircaloy and SiC-based ceramic claddings). This project is a 12-month contract funded by UK EPSRC and US Department of Energy.

This position requires expertise or interest in the characterisation of the local microstructure, mechanical properties and the residual stresses in the relevant materials as the process parameter changes. Candidates with relevant experience in ceramic composites, accident tolerant fuels, and experimental skills in FIB/SEM in situ or ex situ micro-mechanical testing will be considered with priority.



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