Job Description Job Summary
We are seeking a Research Associate to join the Mechanics of Infrastructure Materials group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. You will work on the prediction of hydrogen-assisted failures using computational methods, as part of an EPRI funded project. You will have access to innovative HPC facilities and codes and will also have the opportunity to (co-)supervise PhD and MSc Theses, and will work under the supervision of Dr Emilio Martínez-Pañeda .
Hydrogen embrittlement is arguably the biggest threat to the deployment of a hydrogen energy infrastructure and the cause of numerous structural integrity problems in the transport, defence, marine and construction sectors. When exposed to hydrogen, metallic materials exhibit a significant drop in ductility and fracture toughness (of up to 90%). Building upon recent developments in multi-physics modelling and computational fracture mechanics (e.g., phase field), there is an opportunity now to deliver predictions over technologically-relevant scales and map safe regimes of operation.
Duties And Responsibilities
You will be responsible for conducting finite element analyses to predict the failure of materials and components due to hydrogen assisted cracking. You will have (or develop) a sound understanding of fracture mechanics and combine sophisticated calculations with first-order insight from sound analytical methods. You will use COMSOL or ABAQUS, as well as utilise in-house or open-source codes. You will address both fundamental and applied problems. You will also take part in collaborative work with the activities of the research group, submit publications to reputed journals and liaise with academic collaborators and sponsors.
- PhD (or near completion of) in engineering, mathematics, physics, materials science, or other closely-related fields
- Experience in numerical analysis
- Ability to carry out finite element analysis
- Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of people
- Willingness to work as part of a team and to be open-minded and cooperative
This is a full time, fixed term post for 12 months. The starting date is relatively flexible, with a preference for the period July-September 2023.
For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Emilio Martínez-Pañeda firstname.lastname@example.org
For queries regarding the recruitment process please contact Briony Webb on email@example.com
Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £38,194 - £41,388 per annum.
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