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Postdoc on hydrogen embrittlement and corrosion at Imperial College London: experimental

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The Mechanics of Infrastructure Materials research group are looking to hire a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to work in the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship grant NEWPHASE. The project, led by Dr Emilio Martínez-Pañeda, aims at tackling pressing material degradation challenges at the interface between mechanics and chemistry. 

The position is of experimental nature and the Research Associate will have access to state-of-the-art equipment for characterising the susceptibility of metals to hydrogen embrittlement and corrosion damage, from both mechanical and electrochemical perspectives. This is a fixed term contract of one year in the first instance with the possibility of further extension. Salary: £41,593 – £49,210/year+benefits. The application deadline is December 5, 2021. For more details check:

Duties and responsibilities

You will be responsible for conducting a wide variety of experimental tasks, including (but not limited to) mechanical testing, hydrogen electro-permeation, electrochemical charging, thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), SEM and XCT characterisation, Tafel, and impedance spectroscopy. You will also be expected to take part in collaborative work, take part in the activities of the research group, submit publications to reputed journals and liaise with academic collaborators and sponsors.

Essential requirements

You must have obtained or be close to obtaining a PhD in Materials Science, Mechanics of Materials or a related subject. Also, you should have experience in at least one of the following:

  • Mechanical testing
  • Environmentally assisted fracture testing
  • Temperature-programmed hydrogen desorption
  • Materials characterisation (SEM, XCT)
  • Electrochemical testing
  • Coupled deformation-diffusion modelling
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