Research Associate in Structural Integrity for Nuclear Fusion

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Bristol, United Kingdom
25 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Division/School School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Contract type Open Ended
Working pattern Full time
Salary £32,548-£36,613
Closing date for applications 25-Oct-2018

Based in a world-leading research team in the Solid Mechanics Research Group (SMRG) within the School of Civil, Aerospace, and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol, this is an exciting opportunity to carry out experimental research on structural integrity for nuclear fusion materials, in collaboration with United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), one SMRG’s industrial partners. UKAEA received significant new UK Government investment in 2017, to help position the UK as a world-leader in fusion R&D; this is an excellent opportunity to be involved in a fast-growing research field.

You will carry out experimental research on creep-fatigue in parent steels and welded joints; this work is in the context of nuclear fusion structural component materials which experience cyclic loading at high temperatures. You will be responsible for planning and delivering experiments at SMRG laboratory facilities in Bristol and also spending significant amounts of time working at UKAEA at Culham, Oxfordshire.

You will also spend some time carrying out neutron and X-ray experiments at large-scale multi-user facilities in the UK and internationally.

You will be expected to demonstrate research leadership across a portfolio of projects in the field of structural integrity. You will collaborate closely with a wide range of internal and external colleagues in order to define, plan, deliver and report on a variety of research projects. You will report and communicate your research outputs in journal papers, conferences and at workshops and meetings with UKAEA and potentially other organisations.

You will have a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science (or closely related discipline) and show significant evidence of having developed and then delivered high-quality research projects in an academic and/or industrial context. You will have an excellent record of relevant publications in academic journals, with a focus on areas such as creep, fatigue, creep-fatigue, mechanical testing, assessment of welded joints.

Experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable:

  • Standard, impression, or small punch creep measurements
  • Digital Image Correlation
  • Fractography
  • Finite element analysis
  • Neutron and synchrotron X-ray experiments
  • Structural integrity assessment codes e.g., R5, RCC-MR

This post has funding for 24 months in the first instance. It is anticipated that interviews will take place in October 2018. Informal enquiries can be made to Professor David Knowles, Head of Solid Mechanics Research Group ( or Dr Mahmoud Mostafavi, Reader in Structural Integrity (

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