Research Associate in Chemical Engineering of Spent Nuclear Fuel Separations

Job Reference : S&E-11154
Location : Sackville Street, Manchester
Closing Date : 17/01/2018
Salary : £31,604 to £38,883 per annum
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : Advanced Functional Materials and Analytical Science
Hours Per week : Full Time
Contract Duration : Available from January to April 2018

A postdoctoral Research Associate position is available for an outstanding and ambitious chemical engineer in the field of solvent extraction for the recycling of spent nuclear fuel. The post holder will support the PACIFIC consortium within the separations theme by delivering research towards the understanding of actinide behaviour and radiolysis effects of proposed complexants in minor actinide separations. Separations processes to be explored include SANEX, GANEX and EXAm. Extensive use of multiple characterisation techniques such as UV-visible-nIR, fluorescence, Raman and X-ray absorption spectroscopies will be used to ascertain actinide and fission product speciation under solvent extraction conditions. Physical parameters, such as stability and rate constants, associated with these solvent extraction methods will be determined by various methodologies. The lifetime of proposed extractants in likely radiation fields and the impact of any degradation products on separation performance will be investigated.  The position will be predominantly based at the University of Manchester but may also involve work at the National Nuclear Laboratory facilities at Sellafield, and the Dalton Cumbrian Facility (Westlakes, Cumbria).

You should have, or be working towards, a PhD in chemical engineering with extensive experience working with radioactive materials, including transuranics, in various working environments such as gloveboxes and fumehoods. You will need to show a willingness to perform experiments in a radiation controlled/supervised area under strict safety guidelines. Experience in the use of a wide array of spectroscopic, diffraction and/or scattering techniques for chemical characterisation, such as UV-visible-nIR, Raman, fluorescence and X-ray absorption spectroscopies, and the determination of physical parameters is required.  You should be capable of working under your own initiative and leading a small research team, so excellent communication and organisational skills are also required.

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Clint Sharrad


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

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

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