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Research Fellow in Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor (AGR) Stress Analysis
Sackville Street, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-018306

Location: Sackville Street, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 04/03/2022

Salary: £42,149 to £51,799 per annum (depending on experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Starting as soon as possible until 31 January 2023

School / Directorate: School of Engineering

Applications are sought for an outstanding individual to join the Nuclear Graphite Research Group (NGRG) as a full time Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Grade 7).  

The post will sit within the NGRG group working on a project to support the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) with independent advice surrounding graphite structural integrity. The advice provided from this research enables ONR the basis for effective, independent regulatory challenges to the licensee, EDF Energy.

Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent experience) in a relevant discipline and have experience of static Finite Element (FE) methods preferably using ABAQUS.  Familiarity in dynamic FE methods, using ABAQUS user materials (V/UMATs), and programming (Python, Fortran and MATLAB). Excellent communication, time management, and team working skills are essential. Experience of nuclear-related disciplines and materials such as graphite would also be beneficial but is not essential.

The applicant would be expected to contribute to the development of FE models of nuclear graphite in particular array model development; to the development and maintenance of materials property models; to undertake sensitivity studies of stress analysis of graphite bricks using finite element analysis; and fulfil mathematical modelling of multiple component interactions of intact and damaged bricks as the core ages and is subject to various operational transients.

The role will give the applicant the valuable opportunity to work closely with the nuclear industry and the nuclear regulator. The successful applicant will be responsible for the direction of the research and for communicating the findings to the collaborating parties, the funding body, and peers within the research field via presentations at international conferences, quarterly reports, and journal publications. The successful applicant will develop a community of contacts within the nuclear industry both in the UK and worldwide.  They will also develop a close working relationship working with nuclear regulators with respect to current reactor structural integrity issues.  

As this role involves research at a postgraduate level, applicants who are not an EEA national or a national of an exempt country and who will require sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route of the UK Visas and Immigration’s (UKVI) Points Based System in order to take up the role, will be required to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate and will need to obtain this prior to making any official visa application UKVI.

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department holds a Bronze Award for their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a god work-life balance. We positively welcome applications from women for this post. All appointments will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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Blended working arrangements may be considered.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Prof Abbie Jones, Chair in Nuclear Graphite Engineering


Name: Miss Michelle Mallon, Project Officer Nuclear Graphite Research Group

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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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