Research Associate in Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor Stress Analysis

Manchester, United Kingdom
£32,236 to £39,609 per annum
25 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location : Sackville Street, Manchester
Closing Date : 11/01/2019
Salary : £32,236 to £39,609 per annum
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Hours Per week : Full time
Contract Duration : ASAP available to 31 October 2021

You will work closely with the nuclear industry and the nuclear Regulator. You will be responsible for the direction of the research and for communicating the findings to the collaborating parties, the funding body, and peers within the research field via presentations at international conferences, reports, and journal publications.

You must have a PhD (or equivalent experience) in a relevant discipline and an early career in the use of the finite element method in static and dynamic problems, preferably using ABAQUS. Experience of nuclear graphite would also be beneficial but is not essential. Excellent communication, time management, and team working skills will be necessary. Familiarity in using ABAQUS user materials (UMATs) and in programming (Fortran and Matlab) would be an advantage and you would be expected to contribute to the development of fracture models of nuclear graphite; to the development and maintenance of materials property models; undertake sensitivity studies of stress analysis of graphite bricks using finite element analysis; and fufill mathematical modelling of whole core behaviour i.e. the interaction of whole and damaged bricks as the core ages and is subject to various operational transients.

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Abbie Jones


Tel: 0161 3063848

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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