Research Associate in Mechanistic Weld Modelling

    • Institution: University of Bristol -  School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
    • Contract type: Fixed term, Full time (with possibility of extension)
    • Salary: £33,199 - £37,345
    • Closing date for applications: 16/12/2018

This post is defined within a collaborative programme of research led by Frazer-Nash Consultancy as part of a successful Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) application funded by the UK Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). You will be using state of the art mechanistic modelling techniques to understand the development of residual stress in thick and thin section components as a result of advanced welding technologies which are candidates for the fabrication of future nuclear reactor designs (Generation IV and Small Modular Reactors).


Research Associate in Robotics for Nuclear Environments

    • Institution: University of the West of England - Engineering Design & Mathematics
    • Contract type: Fixed-term, Full time
    • Salary: £29,515 - £33,199
    • Closing date for applications: 02/1/2019

The Universities of Manchester, West of England and Birmingham, in collaboration with the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and supported by Sellafield Ltd. are collaborating together on the 5-year Robotics for Nuclear Environments project to undertake fundamental research in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) which will enable step changes to be made in the capabilities of industrial robotic solutions for use in the nuclear industry.

This post will focus on research and development of planning and control approaches for heterogeneous teams of multiple robots and/or humans, and the development of embedded online risk assessment strategies for such robots.


Research Associate 

    • Institution: University of Bristol -  School of Physics
    • Contract type: Open ended, Full time 
    • Salary: £33,199 - £37,345
    • Closing date for applications: 08/01/2019

The University of Bristol is part of a collaborative research programme addressing “The Physics and Mechanics of Creep Cavity Nucleation and Sintering in Energy Materials” in partnership with Open University, University of Oxford and Beihang University (China). The £2M programme is funded by the Engineering Physical and Science Research Council, EPRI (US) and EDF Energy with support from CCFE (Culham), Wood Group and Special Metals Corporation.

The appointed Research Associate will be expected to take a leading role in coordinating this challenging project and promoting close collaboration and communication between the project partners. The appointment will be within the IAC, School of Physics, but will also work closely with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Bristol.


PhD studentship: Thermo-mechanical property measurement of nuclear graphites at elevated temperature

    • Institution: University of Oxford -  Materials
    • Stipend: £16,777 p.a.
    • Closing date for applications: 25/01/19

This EPSRC Industrial CASE (iCASE) project with the UK National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) aims to understand the thermo-mechanical properties of nuclear graphites at elevated temperatures (up to 850°C) that are relevant to current and future nuclear systems.

Applications will be considered as and when they are received and this position will be filled as soon as possible, but the latest date for receipt of applications will be 25 January 2019.

Any questions concerning the project can be addressed to Professor James Marrow

Further information on the project can be found here:

PhD Studentships in nuclear structural integrity

    • Institution: University of Bristol -  School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
    • Closing date for applications: 09/02/2019

The Solid Mechanics Research Group (SMRG), has new PhD positions available in the field of structural integrity for nuclear industry applications. These studentships provide an excellent opportunity to carry out industrially-relevant research in support of the low carbon energy sector in the UK.

Proposed topics include:

  1. Multi-axial creep
  2. Creep damage
  3. Plasticity
  4. Weldments
  5. Probabilistic modelling
  6. Fracture of thin-walled components

More details can be found here: Nuclear Structural Integrity PhD advert and at

For further information, please contact Professor David Knowles (Head of SMRG; or Dr Mahmoud Mostafavi (Reader in Structural Integrity;
For general enquiries:

PhD studentship: An investigation of corrosion and leaching of carbide fuels in a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) setting

Uranium carbide (UC) is considered an exotic fuel material which has arisen from the UK nuclear test reactor programme. This material has served as both a fuel at sites like Dounreay, Scotland and as a fission target material in facilities such as CERN.
The NDA has an inventory of irradiated uranium carbide as part of its legacy waste exotic fuel materials within its estate and therefore carries the liability for its safe management and ultimately its disposal. Uranium carbide is considered a reactive and potentially pyrophoric material with a reactivity comparable to uranium metal.
Geological disposal is considered the ultimate fate for this unique material and the current PhD project will investigate its corrosion and leaching behaviour under conditions analogous to a GDF facility both (i) pre-closure and (ii) post-closure.

This PhD project will be conducted in conjunction with the EPSRC-funded TRANSCEND project, with the student attending and presenting at annual research meetings of the consortium.

More information on the project here

For enquiries, please contact Professor Thomas Scott - or

General Enquiries:

PhD studentship: Development of robotic in-mine gamma scanning to visualise mineral lodes

This project is aimed at developing a novel methodology for prospecting for Rare Earth Elements (REE), a mineral resource that has global economic significance and a predicted risk of supply.
Partnered with experts from the National Nuclear Laboratory, the current PhD project will attempt to develop and validate the use of a ground-based robotic radiometric surveying tool to determine and visualise the occurrence of valuable mineral lodes containing REE, based on their elevated radiometric signature. Existing prototype scanning equipment translated from the civil nuclear industry will be modified and integrated with an all-terrain robotic platform to conduct in-mine surveys whilst the operator stays outside the mine away from the risk of mine collapse, irradiation, drowning or asphyxiation!
Developing and demonstrating the capability of gamma scanning to locate previously overlooked REE mineral resources in long defunct mine sites, such as those in Cornwall, UK, is a sustainable approach to maximising the value of such sites. There is a significant opportunity to revisit many of these legacy mining sites to reassess their value based on their potential for REE minerals coexisting with Uranium and Thorium. 

More information on the project here

Project Enquiries: and

Summer Internship: Oxford Robotics Institute

Each year the Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) hopes to host a small number of summer internships for undergraduate students.
These are firstly available to University of Oxford undergraduates in their second and third years. UK and EU undergraduate students, along with International undergraduate students who hold valid right to work in the UK documentation, may also apply.

Further information on the project can be found here:

If you wish to apply please email by the 18 January 2019.

Professional/Technical Services

Robotics Technician

    • Institution: University of the West of England - Bristol Robotics Laboratory
    • Contract type: Permanent, full time
    • Salary: £29,515 - £33,199
    • Closing date for applications: 13/1/2019

The Bristol Robotics lab seeks an experienced and enthusiastic Robotics Technician to support teaching on their rapidly growing undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The job role involves supporting taught sessions in core robotic disciplines, such as electronics, mechatronics and engineering control systems. The successful candidate will have experience in a technical role, with a background in designing/building robotic or mechatronic systems.

The successful applicant will also need to have a flexible attitude towards occasionally providing engineering support for BRL-based activities, beyond the MSc programme’s support, in the software and hardware aspects of designing, building and testing advanced robot artefacts, as well as assisting in maintaining the good working status of the laboratory itself.


Technical Specialist (Solid Mechanics Research Group)

    • Institution: University of Bristol -  School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
    • Contract type: Open Ended, Full time
    • Salary: £33,199 - £37,345
    • Closing date for applications: 16/01/2019

A Technical Specialist position has become available within the School of Civil, Aerospace, and Mechanical Engineering (CAME) at the University of Bristol as a result of the expansion of the solid mechanics research group (SMRG). SMRG has enjoyed a long-term working relationship with EDF Energy on high temperature research. This partnership has been further strengthened through collaborations with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). These partnerships, coupled with SMRG’s international leadership in residual stress measurement, have highlighted a need for a dedicated Technical Specialist to steer the extensive experimental programmes being undertaken in support of the collaborations