Research Associate
Imperial College London
South Kensington , GB
6d ago

Job summary

The research group are looking to hire a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to work in the EPSRC New Investigator Award project .

The project, led by Dr , aims at developing a new generation of electro-chemo-mechanical models that can predict local hydrogen uptake and subsequent cracking by resolving the electrochemistry-diffusion interface and shedding light into critical uncertainties in surface behaviour and trapping.

NEXTGEM will merge mechanics with electrochemistry, combining experiments, phase field methods and multi-physics modelling to resolve the scientific challenges holding back the applicability of hydrogen embrittlement models.

Hydrogen embrittlement is arguably one of the biggest threats to current engineering infrastructure and could jeopardise the promise that hydrogen holds as energy carrier of the future.

The PDRA will have access to state-of-the-art HPC facilities and will also have the opportunity to (co-)supervise PhD and MSc Theses.

The initial term will be one year, with the potential to extend the appointment for up to 3 years (the project duration).

The starting date is relatively flexible, with a preference for the period August-October 2021.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be responsible for developing and implementing new multi-physics schemes for characterising hydrogen uptake and subsequent fracture.

You will be expected to develop a sound understanding of the theoretical background and to run calculations to gain new insight into this multidisciplinary (electro-chemo-mechanics) phenomenon.

You will likely be using the finite element package COMSOL. You will also be expected to take part in collaborative work, take part in the activities of the research group, submit publications to reputed journals and liaise with academic collaborators and sponsors.

Essential requirements

You must have obtained or be close to obtaining a PhD in engineering, mathematics, physics, materials science, or other closely-related disciplines.

Also, you should have experience in at least one of the following :

  • Finite element analysis
  • COMSOL
  • Hydrogen embrittlement
  • Multi-physics modelling
  • Phase field methods
  • Coupled deformation-diffusion modelling
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