Job Description

Outstanding applicants are sought for the post of Research Associate, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol. 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.  

Modelling work:

  • Cleavage/Ductile fracture models for constraint and non-sharp defect assessment.
  • Investigating and implementing one or more of the following:
  • Stress-corrosion cracking models and/or pitting corrosion-fatigue models within a Finite element environment, with focus on carbon steels for wind-offshore structures and stainless steels for nuclear components in seawater environments.
  • Crystal plasticity finite element methods for fatigue crack initiation in structures subjected to aggressive environments (irradiation and/corrosion) for nuclear components.
  • Experience in Ultrasonic Testing methods research and development

Experimental work:

  • Design, planning and delivery of mechanical, fatigue and/or fracture mechanics testing.
  • Design, planning and delivery of X-ray tomography, DIC experiments, and subsequent analysis and interpretation of data with EBSD, SEM/TEM.
  • Design, planning and delivery of corrosion tests, with focus in stress corrosion cracking and corrosion fatigue.
  • Experience in additive manufacturing methods for metallic alloys.
  • Experience in Ultrasonic Testing methods research and development

Close collaboration with project partners will be essential. Applicants must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in mechanical/materials engineering, mathematics or physics.

The postdoctoral researcher will also be expected to work independently and with minimum supervision, deliver knowledge exchange within the structural integrity and the NDE communities and to present progress and results in international conferences.

This post is offered on a full time, open-ended contract with funding for up to 24 months at the first instance. It is anticipated that interviews will take place shortly after the closing date.

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