Senior Research Associate - REACTION

Lancaster, Lancashire (GB)
£34,804 - £40,322
04 Dec 2019
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2020
Academic Discipline
Engineering & Technology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department: Engineering Department

Closing Date:  31 January 2020

Interview Date:  26 February 2020

Contract: Fixed term

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Applications are invited for an EPSRC funded post-doctoral position, situated within the Engineering Department at Lancaster University, to work on project entitled “REACTION – Radiation tolerant rapid criticality monitoring”. The project is funded through the UK Japan Civil Nuclear Research Programme and involves a Japanese partner at Shizuoka University, in addition to a UK industry partner. Some international travel to/from Japan will be expected.

The project aims to develop and deploy a radiation-hard sensor system capable of in-situ, real-time detection of fast neutrons in a high gamma-flux environment and demonstrate its ability to perform rapid recriticality detection. To achieve this, the key innovative features of this project are: (i) Model, design and commission of detectors optimised to maximise radiation hardness and to minimise gamma saturation (UK focus); (ii) Design and commission a state-of-the-art radiation tolerant, multichannel, digital analyser based on an optoelectronic gate array (Japan focus); and (iii) Deploy a proprietary real-time algorithm on to the commissioned digital analyser (Industry focus).

You will join a research team led by Dr Michael Aspinall, studying novel detector systems and real-time analysis applicable to nuclear science and engineering. The position is available to scientists with post-doctoral experience in nuclear engineering or electronic engineering. Preference will be given to those with experience of working on mixed-field radiation detectors and/or FPGA configuration.

Lancaster University is committed to the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

The position is effective from as soon as appointed or following stipulated notice period and is available for 23 months.

Informal enquiries to Dr Michael Aspinall, email: or Telephone 01524 510977.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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