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Post Doctoral Researcher in Microstructural Modelling of Materials

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A post doctoral position is 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 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. 

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.

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. The position will have an emphasis on modelling techniques applied to microstructure evolution during processing (welding) and service (high temperature stress conditions) primarily based on phase field modelling to represent the evolution of grain boundaries and precipitate boundaries. Ultimately the goal will be to combine phase field model predictions with finite-element models to carry out coupled microstructure-stress-strain evolution models. Candidates should also have an appreciation for experimental techniques to be used to validate the models. The successful candidates 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 016447. 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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