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Research Associate: Pore-Scale Modelling and Simulation of Leaching of Corrosion Inhibitors from Protective Coatings
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-15531

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 27/07/2020

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science

Hours per week: 1 FTE

Contract Duration: 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2022

School / Directorate: School of Engineering

We are looking for an outstanding and ambitious researcher with a strong scientific background on modelling and simulation of transport phenomena in porous structures. The main focus of the project is to model the dissolution of corrosion inhibitor salts in polymeric coating layers and the multi-component diffusive transport of ionic species to defects that expose the metal surface where the coating has been applied. These models will provide fundamental insight into the leaching mechanisms of corrosion inhibitors and will be used as design tools for the development of more efficient and sustainable formulations.

You should have a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Physics or related subjects. Expertise in the use of numerical tools to solve partial differential equations (e.g., Finite Elements or Finite Volumes), strong background on Transport Phenomena and excellent programming skills are essential. Previous experience on modelling transport of charged chemical species in fluid media is highly desirable. Familiarity with other microscopic (Molecular Dynamics) and mesoscopic simulation techniques (DPD or Lattice Boltzmann) can be beneficial. You should be capable of working under your own initiative and of leading a small research team, so excellent interpersonal and organisational skills are also required.

As part of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, you will be expected to play an active role in maintaining our research culture, driven by scientific quality, and in helping to train students. You will also have excellent communication skills and the ability to work professionally with international industrial and academic project partners.

Working closely with Akzo Nobel, you will make a step advance in current understanding of the transport of corrosion inhibitors in coatings at different length scales. You will be working as part of a team of PDRA and PhD students studying different aspects of coatings for corrosion protection and complement the team’s efforts, particularly on continuum scale simulations, by providing an understanding on the transport of the inhibitors and corrosion products within the coating considering the coating’s microstructure.

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science 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). We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit
Happy to talk flexible working.
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Name: Dr Claudio Fonte

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

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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