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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Modeling Hydrogen-assisted Fractures


Standard Grade 7: £36,024 - £44,263 per annum

Closing date

Dec 01, 2023 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate in Hydrogen-assisted fracture (Modelling) to join Prof. Emilio Martinez-Paneda’s research group (the Mechanics of Materials Lab) at the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford).  This fixed-term post is funded by Shell for 12 months or until 31st December 2024.


You will run computer simulations to predict the susceptibility of metals to hydrogen embrittlement, a phenomenon that is arguably the biggest threat to the deployment of a hydrogen energy infrastructure and the cause of numerous structural integrity problems in the transport, defence, marine and construction sectors.


You will be responsible for conducting finite element analyses to predict the failure of materials and components due to hydrogen assisted cracking. You will be expected to have (or develop) a sound understanding of fracture mechanics and combine sophisticated calculations with first-order insight from sound analytical methods. You will likely use COMSOL or ABAQUS but it will likely be possible to also utilise in-house or open-source codes. You will be expected to tackle both fundamental and applied problems.  You will also be expected to take part in collaborative work, take part in the activities of the research group, submit publications to reputed journals and liaise with academic collaborators and sponsors.


You must have obtained or be close to obtaining a PhD in engineering, mathematics, physics, materials science, or other closely-related disciplines. Also, you should have experience in at least one of the following - Finite element analysis,  ABAQUS or COMSOL,Fracture Mechanics,Multi-physics modelling,Phase field fracture,  Hydrogen embrittlement


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Emilio Martinez-Paneda  (email:


For more information about working at the Department, see


Only online applications received before midday on 29th November 2023 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.


Keywords Hydrogen embrittlement Multi-physics modelling Finite element analysis ABAQUS COMSOL

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Professor Emilio Martinez Paneda

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