Vacancies

Academic

Course Leader for Nuclear (Southern Hub) 

  •  National College for Nuclear, Cannington Campus
  •  £29,791 - £36,121 per annum (+ £3,000 Nuclear Specialism uplift)
  • Closing date Monday 22nd April

Bridgwater and Taunton College are looking for outstanding individuals from engineering disciplines to join our National College for Nuclear (NCfN) Southern Hub delivery team. You will need to be a motivated and enthusiastic professional, proactive student centred individual who can provide expertise to further enhance, teaching, learning, assessment and curriculum development.

We are particularly interested engineers with industrial practical experience or academic knowledge. You must have relevant skills or knowledge in one or more of the following areas gained through, applied industry practical experience, research activity or professional practice;

  • Mechanical or Electrical Maintenance
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Control & Instrumentation
  • Electrical Power
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Associate Professor of Materials (Energy Storage Materials)

  • Department of Materials, Parks Road, Oxford and The Queen's College, High Street, Oxford
  • Grade 30S: £47,263 - £63,463 p.a.
  • Closing date 24th April 2019

Applications are invited for the post of Associate Professor of Materials to be held in the Department of Materials, with effect from 1 September 2019 or soon thereafter. The successful candidate will work at the Department of Materials and also will be appointed to a Tutorial Fellowship at The Queen’s College.

Queries about the post should be addressed to the Co-Head of Department, Professor Peter Nellist: email: head.department@materials.ox.ac.uk; tel: 01865 273737, or to the Provost of The Queen’s College, Professor Paul Madden: email: vacancies@queens.ox.ac.uk. All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence and will not form part of the selection decision.

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EPSRC Research Associate in Damage Modelling, Testing and Analysis

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol
  • £33,199 to £37,345 per annum
  • Closing date Monday 24th April 

The successful candidate will carry out high-quality research on corrosion, fatigue/fracture and/or non-destructive evaluations. The post is funded in part by an EPSRC grant (EP/S012362/1) entitled “NDE, DEsign and Engineering Critical Assessments (NDECA): Bridging the gaps”. The project creates a wide network in collaboration with University of Manchester and University of Cantabria (Spain), and industrial partners, such as Wood, Atkins, UKEA, N-AMRC, MTC, NNL, TWI, RCNDE, BP and Henry Royce Institute.

The post holder will be part of a team researching applications in NDE and Structural Integrity lead by Dr Nicolas Larrosa. Within the NDECA project, the post holder’s tasks will most likely relate to modelling and experimental testing. Candidates having experience in one area (or more) of the modelling and experimental sections are preferred.  

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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate/Research Fellow in Critical Systems, Control and Instrumentation (C&I) Testing and Assurance

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol
  • £33,199 to -£48,677 per annum
  • Full time, fixed term contract (with possibility of extension)
  • Closing date Monday 29th April 

Working on an important project in the UK’s Nuclear Innovation Programme (funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, BEIS) this is an exciting opportunity to carry out research and engagement with academic, regulatory and industrial organisations, on the topic of assurance and testing of Control and Instrumentation (C&I) systems. This role offers the potential to have significant influence on BEIS policy and research objectives in a field in which University of Bristol is already a leading contributor.

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NERC & GW4 PhD studentship: Fate of engineered nanomaterials in waste water treatment plants 

  • University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9FE 
  • Index-linked stipend for 3.5 years (currently £14,777 p.a. for 2018/19) + significant travel and training budgets 
  • Closing date: Monday 29th April 

The nanotechnology industry is now valued at over one trillion US dollars and the global annual production of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) now exceeds several hundred thousand tonnes. It is clear that ENMs pose immense benefits for society, however, it is now well-established that many different types of ENM also pose serious adverse effects on the environment and human health. Given the fact that waste water treatment plants (WWTPs) are likely one of the foremost recipients of ENMs an accurate understanding of their occurrence, behaviour and fate in such systems is urgently required. More specifically we currently have no idea where the ENMs are currently being discharged and therefore their likely environmental impact. 

This project will provide this urgently required data by undertaking a major sample collection campaign at WWTPs around the UK. Mass balance will then be applied to determine the extent at which different ENMs can either penetrate through the entire water treatment process (i.e. end up being discharged within the “treated water” and therefore into either riverine or coastal marine environments) or become concentrated within biosolids (and then subsequently spread onto agricultural land). 

This information is critically required in order to then understand the likely mechanisms for associated environmental and human health impact and thereby shape both future UK legislation and industry best practice for ENM removal.

Supervisors: Dr Richard Crane, University of Exeter and Professor Tom Scott, University of Bristol 

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EPSRC Nuclear Energy Futures CDT Programme

Applications are invited from candidates who have an interest in the PhD projects listed as part of the CDT.  

The list of projects available is not exhaustive, although the projects listed have preference: they have funding agreed and are available immediately.

Applicants who cannot find a suitable project listed should discuss their preference with the CDT admissions panel; although they will do their best, there is no guarantee they can find an appropriate supervisor or funding. Specific research topics will be agreed with candidates when an offer is made.

Available projects

DPhil studentships: Structural and Nuclear Materials

  • Institution: University of Oxford

The Department of Materials has a number of nuclear-related projects covering nuclear fusion, materials and mechanical engineering topics. These include:

  • Micro-Mechanical Properties of Dissimilar Metals Diffusion Bonds 
  • Micromechanical Testing of Irradiated Nuclear Fusion Materials

  • Understanding degradation of nuclear steels using micro-mechanical methods  

  • Understanding High Temperature Small Scale Mechanical Performance of Materials for Nuclear Fusion 

  • Strains Induced by Hydride Formation in Zirconium 

  • Thermo-mechanical property measurement of nuclear graphites at elevated temperature 

  • Correlating the evolution of atomic-scale microstructure with deterioration of mechanical properties in T91 steel samples from the BOR60 reactor. 

  • Experimental Validation of Crack Propagation Criteria under Mixed Mode Loading 

  • In situ studies of strain accommodation in MAX phase materials for advanced nuclear energy 

  • Dislocation based modelling of engineering alloys 

  • NanoSIMS analysis of nuclear materials 

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STFC Industrial Case Studentship

Title: Development of a novel approach for the direct measurement of effective dose in neutron and gamma fields
Institution: High Energy Physics group, Physics, Imperial College London

The aim of this PhD project is to develop a novel dosemeter sensitive to the energy and the direction of gammas and neutrons, allowing it to provide for the first time a direct estimate of the effective dose (the quantity in which dose limits are actually expressed).

By combining the detector technology with modern machine learning techniques for analysing the signals, such a device could become a new reference instrument for neutron and gamma dosimetry.

The project is based on a new detector technology developed by particle physicists at Imperial College London and will be conducted in partnership with the neutron group at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington.

The studentship covers a maintenance bursary, similar to standard STFC studentships, and all fees. The student will have the opportunity to spend extended periods at the NPL neutron facility where tests will be conducted. The studentship is open to both UK and EU students.

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Professional/Technical Services

Tier 1/2 Engagement Officer 

  • Somerset Chamber of Commerce, Hinkley Supply Chain Team 
  • Temporary, contractor position
  • CVs and cover letters must be submitted to sam.evans@hinkleysupplychain.co.uk
  • Closing date Tuesday 30 April 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Hinkley Supply Chain Team and be part of the construction of the first new nuclear power station in a generation at Hinkley Point C, near Bridgwater.

The Hinkley Supply Chain Team (HSCT), a collaboration including the Somerset Chamber and EDF Energy, has managed the South West supplier registration portal and associated activities since 2010.

As part of this team the Somerset Chamber of Commerce is looking to engage the services of an experienced person to drive engagement with main Tier 1 and 2 contractors on the HPC project to uncover work package opportunities for the SW supply chain. The part-time role will be based within the Somerset Energy and Innovation Centre (SEIC), in Bridgwater.

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NRC