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Research Associate in Atomic Scale Modelling of Defect-Solute Interactions in Zirconium Alloys

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Location: South Kensington

Contract: Full-Time, Fixed Term contract until 30 April 2025

Job Summary

We are seeking a Research Associate to model solute species interactions with atomic scale defects and dislocations in zirconium alloys as part of the MIDAS Programme grant in Zr alloys

Duties and responsibilities

You will primarily be responsible for modelling solutes in zirconium and their interactions with defects using the VASP density functional theory code. Defects of interest are vacancies, solute-vacancy clusters and through using quantum mechanics molecular mechanics (QMMM) extending up to dislocations in length scale. Your duties will include supervision of PhD/MSc students, applying for and using Tier 2 computing time, developing research proposals, attending and helping to organise MIDAS meetings, writing publications, and leading collaborations with external research organisations.

Essential requirements

  • Hold a PhD or due to complete a PhD in materials science, chemistry or physics or a closely related discipline.
  • Practical experience in one or more of the following: Use of density functional theory codes (especially VASP); use and experience with molecular statics/dynamics codes such as LAMMPS and ideally some understanding of the use of mixed quantum mechanics molecular mechanics (QMMM) methods for creating larger scale defect structures such as dislocations.

*Candidates who have not yet officially been awarded their PhD will be appointed initially at Research Associate (with a salary range of £40,694 to £43,888 pa).

Further Information

It is anticipated a start date of as close to 1st Sept 2023 as possible. Later start dates are also possible within reason.

For post enquiries please contact Dr Mark Wenman: [email protected]

For enquiries about the recruitment process please contact Darakshan Khan; [email protected] 

For technical issues when applying online, please contact: [email protected]

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We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

Closing date: 24 August 2023

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