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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Materials Modelling for Fusion Energy


Standard Grade 7: £33,309 - £40,927 per annum

Closing date

Jun 03, 2022 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time postdoctoral research assistant to join the Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering Group in the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford).  The post is fixed-term for 3 years full time or part time for up to 4.5 years.


Fusion has the potential to provide a new source of unlimited energy and is now entering a critical and exciting phase of engineering delivery. This project is a collaboration between the University of Oxford and UKAEA (UK Atomic Energy Authority), who hold the world record for fusion energy production. UKAEA are advancing a project called STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production),


You should possess a PhD in a relevant subject (or be close to completion), with experience in finite element modelling, using advanced models such as crystal plasticity modelling, cohesive zone modelling or XFEM. You will need coding experience, a good knowledge of relevant mathematics, and mechanics of materials. Good communication skills and working as part of a team are essential. Other relevant experience, which is desirable but not essential, include: Nuclear Materials, Abaqus user subroutines in Fortran and using Github to maintain code.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Ed Tarleton  (email: ) and Dr Chris Hardie (UKAEA )


Only online applications received before midday on 3rd June 2022 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.


The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Crystal Plasticity, FEM, Cohesive zone modelling, Nuclear Fusion, structural integrity, radiation damage

Contact name

Professor Ed Tarleton

Contact email