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Research Associate in In situ Imaging of Shale Fracture and Geomechanics
Harwell, Oxfordshire

Job reference: S&E-10312

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 13/07/2017

Salary: £31,076 to £38,183 per annum according to relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: X-Ray Imaging

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: 1 August 2017 until 31 August 2018

School / Directorate: School of Materials

You will be part of a large EU project, ShaleXEnvironment, and lead the use of static and in situ X-ray tomographic imaging (laboratory and synchrotron) to investigate the environmental impact of the hydraulic fracturing of shales. You will help develop and use in situ rigs to study the influence of shale composition and texture on the fracture behaviour, together with changes in permeability and fluid flow during the process. You will analyse time resolved 3D images using advanced image processing. You will be working as part of a team of PDRAs and PhD students with strong experience in tomography, image analysis and modelling; as well as providing geological insight.

You will be working with Prof. Peter D. Lee in the School of Materials (SOM), as well as Prof. Kevin Taylor and others in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES). You will be based in the dynamic team of post-docs, PhD students and technical staff that form Prof. Lee’s group at the Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH, see in Oxfordshire. You will also work with the team based in SEES, and will travel regularly to Manchester.

You will need to show a high level of initiative and an ability to work both collaboratively and independently. You should have a relevant PhD, or equivalent experience, in geology or relevant physical science area, good team-working skills, a strong command of English and an excellent publication record.

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit: 

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Peter Lee


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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