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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Hydrogen Uptake Modelling


Standard Grade 7: 34,308 - 42,155 per annum

Closing date

Feb 13, 2023 12:00PM


We seek a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate in Hydrogen Uptake Modelling to join the Solid Mechanics and Materials group at the Dept. of Engineering Science in central Oxford. This fixed-term post is funded by Rolls-Royce PLC for 24 months.


You will develop new simulation approaches for modelling the diffusion and accumulation of hydrogen in metals during thermo-mechanical cycling. These models are key to enabling an assessment of hydrogen retention and its effect on mechanical components in hydrogen-fueled jet engines under development by Rolls-Royce PLC. You will be part of a dynamic multi-institutional team working on this challenge.


You should have a strong background in materials modelling, ideally with experience developing user subroutines in ABAQUS. Programming experience in Fortran and Python, and experience using high performance computing facilities are desirable. Excellent communication, management and team-working skills are also essential.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Felix Hofmann (


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Only online applications received before midday on 13 February 2023 can be considered. You will be required to upload a cover letter that includes a brief statement of research interests (describing how your experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees.


The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in STEM.


Keywords: Hydrogen embrittlement, hydrogen diffusion, numerical simulation, ABAQUS modelling, mechanical simulation

Contact name

Professor Felix Hofman

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