Research Assistant/Associate in Nuclear Engineering

Imperial College London Department of Mechanical Engineering

United Kingdom

Job summary

The Nuclear Engineering Group is looking to hire a Researcher in the area of nuclear reactor thermal hydraulic analysis using computational fluid dynamics. Funded by the EPSRC, this activity will support several collaborative projects underway, in particular the use of CFD in a major programme of HTGR accident studies. The HTGR studies are part of a joint programme with Purdue University and other US collaborators. Large-scale experiments into...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01669
  • Date posted 27 April 2021
  • Closing date 30 May 2021

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £36,045 – £48,340 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The Nuclear Engineering Group is looking to hire a Researcher in the area of nuclear reactor thermal hydraulic analysis using computational fluid dynamics. Funded by the EPSRC, this activity will support several collaborative projects underway, in particular the use of CFD in a major programme of HTGR accident studies.

The HTGR studies are part of a joint programme with Purdue University and other US collaborators. Large-scale experiments into the response of an HTGR to major depressurisation faults are being devised by the consortium and will be conducted at Purdue. The focus of the computational modelling of these will be at Imperial and it is likely that some travel to the US will be required.

Our research group comprises around 20 PhD’s and postdoctoral research associates, engaged in research into reactor physics and shielding, reactor studies, thermal hydraulics and nuclear safety.

Duties and responsibilities

    • The majority of your time will be spent conducting research into modelling the phenomena that govern behaviour in a HGTR system following major primary circuit breaches.
    • You will also be expected to contribute, as senior members of the group, to the initiation, supervision, management and administration of other research in the group.
    • You will be key in building and developing of interactions with researchers in other universities and research institutes.

Essential requirements

    • You should have, or be close to completing a PhD in a relevant subject area
    • Experience in the development and application of CFD methods to nuclear engineering is essential.
    • Your experience and expertise should be evidenced by a strong publication record.

Full requirements for the post are available in the Job Description.

Further information

This is a fixed term position up to the 31st December 2022 in the first instance.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 - £39,183 per annum.

To apply, please click “APPLY NOW” to go through to the online application form. Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Miss Helen Stoneham at h.stoneham@imperial.ac.uk.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr Michael Bluck at m.bluck@imperial.ac.uk.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research


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