Research Associate/Fellow in Finite Element Analysis of High Temperature Creep and Plasticity Behaviour of Materials and Compone University of Nottingham, Faculty of Engineering

Research Associate/Fellow in Finite Element Analysis of High Temperature Creep and Plasticity Behaviour of Materials and Components (Fixed-term)



Closing Date
Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Job Type


£26495 to £38833 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £29799 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance


The key tasks of the Research Associate/Fellow post are to use the Finite Element method to analyse nonlinear creep and plasticity behaviour in materials and components operating at high temperatures to develop modelling capabilities and methodologies for component life prediction in power plant steam pipes.


Applications are invited for a Research Associate/Fellow to work within the Faculty of Engineering, at the University of Nottingham. The successful candidate will join a multi-disciplined team of researchers considering a wide range of aspects of high temperature material performance and structural integrity. The project is funded by a research consortium programme, sponsored by The Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), including the University of Nottingham, the University of Bristol, Cranfield University and EDF Energy Limited.


The successful candidate will be expected to:-

  • Carry out research on creep and plasticity behaviour of power plant materials and components, including Finite Element modelling and limited amount of experimental testing and material characterisation;
  • Model the high temperature creep behaviour of power plant steam pipes;
  • Develop life prediction capabilities for the safe operation of power plant materials and components;
  • Produce high quality journal publications.


Candidates must have a PhD (or equivalent) or have submitted a PhD thesis (or equivalent) in mechanical engineering or applied/computational solids mechanics related to creep and plasticity; good understandingand some experience of material characterisation/high temperature testing and proved publication record relevant to the research on creep and plasticity behaviour in metals. The work requires good background knowledge of solid mechanics and computational modelling using the Finite Element method. Experience of writing/using user-material codes in finite element modelling (e.g. UMAT in ABAQUS) would be an advantage. 


Candidates must be good team players and communicators. The successful candidate may also be expected to contribute to relevant solid mechanics/high temperature research in PhD projects active within the group.


The research is expected to lead to high impact publications and industrial applications, making this an ideal opportunity for progression to an industrial or academic career. The Associate/Fellow will join a widely recognised research team in high temperature structural integrity research which will involve collaboration with academics and engineers from academia and industry. 


This full-time position will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 10 months. Job share arrangements may be considered for this post.


Informal enquiries may be sent to Prof. Wei Sun ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.


The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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