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Senior Research Associate - ATLANTIC

Salary:   £34,804 to £40,322
Closing Date:   Friday 21 February 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A2958

Applications are invited for an EPSRC funded post-doctoral position, situated within the Engineering Department at Lancaster University, to work on project entitled “ATLANTIC – Accident ToLerANT fuels In reCycling”. Part of a collaborative programme involving 11 UK partner universities and the UK National Nuclear Laboratory, the project will involve the study of the behaviour of Accident Tolerant Fuels (ATFs) during spent fuel reprocessing. 

ATFs are amongst the next generation of nuclear fuels, designed to maintain their integrity when exposed to the extreme conditions during e.g a loss of coolant accident. Candidate ATF materials are the uranium nitrides (UNs), carbide (UCs) and silicides (U-Si fuels). However, the recycling potential of these advanced fuels, i.e. dissolution and re-manufacturing, is not clear, giving rise to the following key questions:

(1) What are the mechanisms of oxidation of ATFs under a range of conditions encountered throughout the nuclear fuel cycle but especially reprocessing; and 

(2) How do the products of ATF dissolution impact on the performance of advanced aqueous reprocessing routes currently in development (e.g. the SANEX and GANEX processes).

In seeking to answer these question, this project will study of the oxidation, dissolution and corrosion, behaviour of UN and U-Si ATF samples in Lancaster’s UTGARD Lab. UTGARD is a state-of-the-art £2M national facility for the fabrication and study of uranium-bearing materials.

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 radioactive materials or uranium-bearing samples.

The position is effective from the 1st April 2020 and is available for 2 years in the first instance with excellent prospects for extension to a total period of 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.

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