Research Associate

Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering for an ambitious post-doctoral researcher looking to use their skills in materials science to make an impact on the safe disposal of vitrified nuclear waste. You will join the world-leading ISL research group as part of an international collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University, USA evaluating new glass leaching methodologies intended to support the multi-billion dollar Hanford clean-up programme. The post is initially for 6 months with the expectation of a further year’s funding.

You should have, or be close to completing, a PhD in materials or an appropriate physical science and have strong laboratory skills including aqueous phase analysis and solid state characterisation techniques. The post-holder will also have knowledge and experience of radioactive waste immobilisation in glass materials and the application of geochemical and surface chemical analyses.

Amongst other benefits, we offer 41 days annual leave (including closure days and Bank Holidays), with the possibility to purchase up to ten additional days, and up to 5 days of paid time off to cover emergency caring responsibilities. We have a commitment to work life balance including flexible working opportunities and hybrid working where possible, with the possibility of holding this post on a part-time basis.
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