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Research Fellow at the University of Limerick, Ireland

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Research Fellow in High Resolution Microscopy of Engineering Alloys 

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in High Resolution Microscopy of Engineering Alloys. 

The successful candidate will be part of a team working on the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded frontiers of the future project: Physically-based mOdelling of bainitiC and martensitiC steels for flExible and Sustainable power generation and diStribution (PrOCCESS). This project aims to develop multi-scale, physically-based models of deformation and failure in bainitic/martensitic steels, providing explicit links between nano/microstructure and mechanical behaviour of materials. The overall goal is for increased sustainability of engineering components through an improved understanding of material behaviour at the nano/microstructure level, providing optimised nano/microstructures and more accurate design and life prediction tools.

An experienced research fellow with an in-depth knowledge of the composition and microstructural characteristics of metals and broad and deep expertise in imaging and characterising of metallic materials, is required. Expertise in imaging, including in-situ imaging, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), is needed, to examine in-situ dislocation rearrangements, precipitate growth and phase transformations at high temperatures for martensitic and bainitic steels. Expertise in using double aberration corrected, monochromated TEM is also highly desirable—UL hosts an FEI Titan Themis TEM at the Bernal Institute, with unique in-situ high resolution imaging capabilities (< 80 pm). The full complement of Bernal equipment is available at The successful candidate will have a PhD in engineering, physics or materials science and a minimum of five years’ experience post PhD in the areas of advanced microscopy with at least four publications in high impact journals in transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

Further information for applicants available on: (ref: 045030)

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 16th July 2021. 

Applications must be completed online before 12 noon, Irish Standard Time on the closing date.

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