Research Associate, Materials and Structural Integrity Research Group

Coventry, United Kingdom
£32,243 - £34,194 per annum pro rata
23 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 23/12/2018
Faculty / School or Service Institute for Future Transport and Cities
Salary £32,243 - £34,194 per annum pro rata
Package As one of Coventry's biggest employers, we offer some pretty impressive benefits including an excellent pension scheme and generous holiday allowances.
Job category/type Research

Job description

Duties and Responsibilities

The Materials and Structural Integrity Research Group atCoventry University is seeking to appoint a Research Associate to be based atThe Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing.  You will work with Dr Bo Chen on his recentlyawarded EPSRCEarly Career Fellowship in Nuclear Fission

Your role is to use high-end microstructural characterisation facilities that include Focused Ion Beam, High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy and Atom Probe Tomography to study long-term microstructural degradation of 316L(N) stainless steel subject to creep-fatigue loads. You will work closely with academic and industrial collaborators from University of Oxford, EDF Energy UK and Wood as well as several Dr Bo Chen's international research partners at Europe and China working on fast nuclear reactors.

   This post is full time and you will be initially offered a duration of 24 months then possibly a further 12 months or more subject to your academic performance. Dr Chen has the research funding until 31 Dec 2023.

Key Requirements  

You will be a highly motivated individual with a strong background in advanced microstructural characterisation techniques by using electron microscopy. Prior experience and expertise in high-end scanning electron microscopy, focused ion beam and/or transmission electron microscopy are essential, preferably with a working understanding of atom probetomography.

Good communication skills are essential, and you must be enthusiastic about working with scientists and industry experts from complementary disciplines. The successful candidate will join a dynamic research group at Coventry and you will have frequent travels to Oxford Materials and spend a significant amount of time at Oxford by working with Dr Chen's research partner, Prof. Michael Moody, (Professor of Materials and Fellow of Trinity College) on advanced microstructural characterisation.

Further Details

For informal discussions regarding this post, please contactDr Bo Chen, email:

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Interviews in January 2019