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Senior Research Associate for the TRANSCEND Project

Salary:   £34,189 to £39,609
Closing Date:   Sunday 20 January 2019
Interview Date:   Friday 01 February 2019
Reference:  A2526

Applications are invited for an EPSRC funded post-doctoral position, situated within the Engineering Department at Lancaster University, to work on project entitled “TRANSCEND – TRANsformative SCience & Engineering for Nuclear Decommissioning”. Part of a collaborative programme involving 11 UK partner universities, the UK National Nuclear Laboratory and Sellafield Sites Ltd, the project will involve the study of the behaviour of plutonium oxide powders under interim storage conditions. Particular attention will be paid to (i) water adsorption at the PuO2 surface; (ii) the origin of gases evolved at the PuO2 surface; and (iii) any changes in the structure / properties of the PuO2 surface and bulk. Appropriate experimental methods will first be developed at Lancaster using non-radioactive simulants for PuO2. These will then be deployed on real PuO2 samples during mandatory periods of placement into the world class facilities available at the UK National Nuclear Laboratory and in facilities overseas.

You will join a research team led by Professor Colin Boxall, studying chemical aspects of nuclear science & engineering. The position is available to scientists with post-doctoral experience in chemical / materials science and radiochemistry. Preference will be given to those with experience of working on real plutonium-bearing samples.

The position is effective from the 10th February 2019 and is available for 3 years.

Informal enquiries to Professor Colin Boxall, email: or Telephone 0781 405 5964.

The Engineering Department is committed to flexible working on an individual basis, welcomes and embraces diversity, and is committed to the Athena SWAN principles. 

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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