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Postdoc position in the area of Advanced Materials for Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

Applications are invited for a 2-year postdoc position in the area of advanced materials for small modular nuclear reactors. This position is a full-time position at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and the selected applicant can start effective immediately. In addition, this position is extendable for another year, depending on the availability of funds and the applicant’s performance.

The aim of the project is to use in-situ experimental techniques, e.g., diffraction or imaging, to characterize the mechanical properties of advanced metal alloys at elevated temperatures. The selected applicant will also have access to the state-of-the-art facilities for conducting in-situ experimentation, located at the Multiscale Deformation Lab. The selected applicant will collaborate with other group members for numerical model development and validation.

Applicants will be assessed based on how they meet the following criteria:

  • ·       Excellent degree in the relevant discipline

·       Excellent written and spoken communication skills.

The following qualities are desirable:

  • ·       Ability to conduct in-situ experiments e.g., in SEM or at synchrotron X-ray or neutron facilities.

·       Ability to program in MATLAB (or other programming languages)

·       Ability to work in a collaborative environment.

·       Ability to conduct numerical modeling, e.g., finite element.


Application procedure:

Please email your CV and cover letter to Hamid Abdolvand. This position is open until filled.

Relevant information about the group can be found in the following links:


Examples of previous publications from the group:

1.     Marashi, S., et al, “Resolving local microstructure variations in Zr-2.5Nb CANDU pressure tubes using high spatial resolution electron backscatter diffraction and imaging”, Journal of Nuclear Materials, 2023, Vol 577, 154321, DO: 10.1016/j.jnucmat.2023.154321.

2.     Aburakhia, A., et al, “Deformation mechanisms of additively manufactured Hastelloy-X: A neutron diffraction experiment and crystal plasticity finite element modeling”, Materials & Design, 2022, 222, 111030, DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2022.111030.

3.     Abdolvand, H. et al “On the nucleation of deformation twins at the early stages of plasticity”, Acta Materialia, 2020, Vol 196, 733-746, DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2020.07.010.

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