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2 Post Doctoral researcher positions in Computational Mechanics of Materials

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Two post doctoral positions are available at the University of Limerick, Ireland. The object of the research, which is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), is to obtain an understanding of the mechanical behaviour of ferritic and martensitic steels at the micron and sub-micron scale and to link this behaviour to component behaviour. The work will involve computational and experimental studies of material behaviour using a range of numerical and experimental techniques. Experimental techniques are expected to include, in-situ and ex-situ scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD), neutron and synchrotron diffraction, digital image correlation (DIC) and mechanical testing. Computational methods will be primarily based on non-linear finite-element techniques, but the use of phase-field methods to predict microstructure evolution is also expected to be important. 

The successful candidate(s) will be based at the University of Limerick (UL) and the research will be carried out in collaboration with the National University of Ireland, Galway and the mechanics of materials group at Imperial College London. The industry partners are ESB (Ireland’s largest electricity supplier) and MCS, Kenny, a world leader in engineering and software solutions for the offshore oil and gas industry.

Two positions are currently available in the research team. It is expected that one position will have an emphasis on modelling techniques applied to microstructure evolution during processing (welding) and service, and one will have an emphasis on examination of oxidation and corrosion under high temperature conditions.

 The successful candidate(s) will hold a Doctoral Degree  in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science or a related discipline. Applicants should be experienced in computational mechanics, with an appropriate publication record in the field, and have an interest in mechanics of materials and experimental techniques in engineering. Experience of working with industry is also desirable. Candidates should also have an appreciation for experimental techniques. The successful candidate(s) will be capable of working within a team environment and providing appropriate technical assistance to PhD students in the team.

Further details and application form can be found on the University recruitment website, job id 015507. All applications should be made to this website. Informal enquiries can be made to

The University of Limerick (UL) with over 13,000 students and 1,300 staff is an energetic and enterprising Irish institution with a proud record of innovation and excellence in education, research and scholarship. The dynamic, entrepreneurial and pioneering values which drive UL’s mission and strategy ensures that we capitalise on local, national and international engagement and connectivity.  We are renowned for providing an outstanding student experience and conducting leading edge research.  Our commitment is to make a difference by shaping the future through educating and empowering our students. UL is situated on a superb riverside campus of over 130 hectares with the River Shannon as a unifying focal point. Outstanding recreational, cultural and sporting facilities further enhance this exceptional learning and research environment.



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The closing date for this position has now passed. 

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