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About the role

Mechanics of Materials Research Group at University of Leicester is seeking to appoint a Research Associate based at Department of Engineering.  You will work primarily with Prof Bo Chen on his recently awarded EPSRC Early Career Fellowship in Nuclear Fission.  You will be based in Department of Engineering, and will be jointly supervised by Prof. Bo Chen and Prof. Hongbiao Dong, supporting a range of research projects in their group.

Your role is to use high-end microstructural characterisation facilities that include Focused Ion Beam, High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy and Atom Probe Tomography to study long-term microstructural degradation of 316L(N) stainless steel subject to creep-fatigue loads. You will work closely with academic and industrial collaborators from University of Oxford, EDF Energy UK and Wood as well as several Prof Chen’s international research partners at Europe and China working on advanced sodium-cooled fast nuclear reactors.

About you

You will be a highly motivated individual with a strong background in advanced microstructural characterisation techniques by using electron microscopy. Prior experience and expertise in high-end scanning electron microscopy, focused ion beam and/or transmission electron microscopy are essential, preferably with a working understanding of atom probe tomography.

Good communication skills are essential, and you must be enthusiastic about working with scientists and industry experts from complementary disciplines. The successful candidate will join a dynamic research group at Leicester and you will have frequent travels to Oxford Materials and spend a fair amount of time at Oxford by working with Prof Chen’s research partner, Prof. Michael Moody, (Professor of Materials and Fellow of Trinity College) on advanced microstructural characterisation by using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography.

Additional information

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr Bo Chen on bc196@leicester.ac.uk

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. You will develop your career in a supportive and collaborative academic environment in one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities; elite in the excellence of our research, yet distinctive for the genuine synergy between our research and teaching.

In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.