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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Professional/Technical Services

Graphite Seismic Validation Research Project Manager

  • Institution: University of Bristol, Faculty of Engineering
  • Contract: Fixed Term, Part time
  • Salary: £37,345-£42,036 per annum pro rata
  • Closing date for applications: 26-Feb-2019

The University of Bristol is looking for an experienced and effective project manager to support an industrially-funded research activity within the Faculty of Engineering.

The EDF-funded GSV project aims to validate EDF’s numerical modelling systems. This is vital as many of the UK’s older, graphite core nuclear reactors are reaching the end of their estimated life cycle and new nuclear plants are not yet available. Validation is carried out by testing quarter scale models of a nuclear core on the shaking table in the Earthquake and Large Structures Lab.

You will be responsible for the overall management of the project, including contractual and financial matters, and ensuring work packages progress and milestones are met to time. You will prepare reports to meet the funder’s requirements and design and deliver materials and events to promote the project. 

This part-time (0.6FTE) role is offered on a fixed term contract with funding initially available for 12 months, with further funding likely to be available to extend the contract.

Informal enquiries about this position can be made to Dr Adam Crewe.

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Welding Engineer

  • Institution: Nuclear AMRC, University of Sheffield
  • Closing date for applications: 26/02/2019
  • Salary: Grade 8, £40,792 - £48,677 per annum, with potential to progress to £54,765 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution.

Are you interested in working for one of the UK’s leading welding and additive manufacturing research teams? The University of Sheffield is looking for a welding engineer to work with and deliver welding projects to the UK nuclear decommissioning sector. The engineer will work with power beam and arc welding techniques as appropriate, providing support and expertise to the customer.

Main duties and responsibilities include:

  • Lead welding and joining projects that use power beam and arc welding techniques related to nuclear decommissioning sector.
  • Hold technical authority for welding technologies and methods relating to the products required by the client.
  • Drive projects forward, interacting with other disciplines within the Nuclear AMRC as necessary.
  • Generate internal research projects as part of the Nuclear AMRC’s internal project system to drive welding technology forwards that are specific to the nuclear decommissioning sector’s needs.
  • Assessment of customer requirements, production of statements of work for welding projects.
  • Attend face-to-face meetings with clients. This will require you to travel to Cumbria on a monthly basis and elsewhere across the UK where appropriate.
  • Production of work schedules for welding projects and close association with project managers to ensure on time delivery.
  • This is a senior engineering position within the Nuclear AMRC, thus the role offers potential to develop research skills.
  • Chartership status (if not already achieved) and develop professional skills as required.
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