Research Associate in Atomic Scale Modelling of Actinide Oxides

Imperial College London Department of Materials

Job summary

The Department of Materials, http://www.imperial.ac.uk/engineering/departments/materials/ wishes to appoint an outstanding individual with a strong track record in molecular dynamics modelling of inorganic materials applied to predict properties of inorganic materials http://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/r.grimes. The post is funded by EPSRC.  This is an exciting opportunity to work on an EPSRC responsive mode grant on Compositional and...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01420
  • Date posted 15 October 2020
  • Closing date 16 November 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £35,477 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Materials
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Materials, http://www.imperial.ac.uk/engineering/departments/materials/ wishes to appoint an outstanding individual with a strong track record in molecular dynamics modelling of inorganic materials applied to predict properties of inorganic materials http://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/r.grimes. The post is funded by EPSRC. 

This is an exciting opportunity to work on an EPSRC responsive mode grant on Compositional and Structural Evolution of Plutonium Dioxide: Underpinning Future Decisions, which was awarded to Manchester University in partnership with Imperial College London and the National Nuclear Laboratory. Your role will be to develop cutting edge models using molecular dynamics of defect structures, non-stoichiometry and surfaces in plutonium dioxide. To be able to relate these structure models to key properties of PuO2. To help other PDRAs in this project in the interpretation of their experimental and DFT modelling results by developing mechanistic models. Also, to determine differences with previous empirical model predictions. Furthermore, you are expected to develop strong collaborations with other modelling PDRAs within the Centre for Nuclear Engineering group at Imperial College who are working on related systems.

Duties and responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

Research

  • To conduct excellent research involving the use of molecular dynamics simulations to predict defect properties of PuO2.
  • To relate predictions of defect properties to key materials thermophysical properties.
  • To understand calculations based on DFT simulations.
  • To work collaboratively with other members of the research group.
  • To achieve the milestone and deliverables set out by this research consortium’s management group.
  • To direct and support the work of small research teams including undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • To draft publications and prepare them for submission to high impact refereed journals.
  • To prepare material for presentation in oral and poster formats and to deliver presentations at seminars, conferences and workshops.
  • To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings and to ensure that research data is managed appropriately.
  • To write reports for use internally and by research sponsors as required.
  • To contribute to writing bids for research grants.
  • To take responsibility for organising resources and effective decision making in support of research.
  • To present findings to colleagues and at conferences.
  • To attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessary.
  • To develop contacts and research collaborations within the College and the wider nuclear community especially within Manchester University, and wider nuclear stakeholders.
  • To promote the reputation of the Group, the Department and the College.

Education - Teaching

  • To undertake instruction of PhD and undergraduate and master students, as agreed

Essential requirements

Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following:

Education

  • For Research Assistant , First degree or Masters (or equivalent) in nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering or materials engineering
  • For Research Associate, hold a PhD (or equivalent) in nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering or materials engineering

Experience

  • Excellent track record of research, as evidenced by publications in relevant high impact peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Journal of Nuclear Materials) and presentations at workshops and conferences.
  • Experience of using molecular dynamics codes to derive physical parameters of inorganic nuclear materials.
  • Experience of using DFT codes to model inorganic nuclear materials.
  • Experience of deriving empirical potentials to be applied to nuclear materials.
  • Knowledge/experience of working with a nuclear industry/national laboratory partner is welcomed.
  • Experience of using and administering the use of Tier 2 computing services and evidence of benchmarking studies.

Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to conduct a detailed review of recent literature, especially with respect to actinide oxides and related nuclear fuel materials.
  • Ability to formulate key research questions and to devise a strategy to employ a range of simulation techniques to address them; and/or ability to develop new predictive models for use in inorganic materials research.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of people.
  • Excellent written communication skills including the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication and for the maintaining of the group website.

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477- £38,566 per annum.

Further guidance may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan (d.khan@imperial.ac.uk).

Further information can be obtained from Prof Robin Grimes. r.grimes@imperial.ac.uk.

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk.

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