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Research Associate in 4D Image based quantification and simulation

An excellent opportunity to work in a world leading team with privileged access to facilities that most researchers can only dream about.

Closing date: 18/04/2013
Reference: EPS-02440
Faculty / Organisational unit : Engineering Physical Sciences, School of Materials
Division : X-Ray
Salary : Grade 6 (currently £29,541 - £36,298 p.a.)
Employment type : Fixed Term
Duration: Tenable from 1st July 2013 for 3 years
Hours per week : Full time
Location : Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility within the Research Complex at Harwell, Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, Didcot, Oxfordshire

The successful applicant
will join the dynamic group of academics, beamline scientists, post-docs and PhD students that form the Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility (MXIF, see / Diamond-Manchester Beambranch team at the Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH, see / Diamond Light Source ( in Oxfordshire. Working
as part of this team led by Professor Lee (based at RCaH) and Professor Withers (based in Manchester), the successful candidate will develop and apply image based quantification and modelling tools in the characterisation of micro- and nanoscale structures, focusing on solving a few key challenges in the resource extraction area, including fracking of shales and mineral leaching problems.

You will develop and apply novel quantification and modelling techniques to characterise insitu multiphase/granular flows, including fracture mechanics. Imaging techniques will include synchrotron and laboratory x-ray imaging. Modelling techniques will be multi-scale,
potentially including MD/DEM/FEM analysis, solving fracture and transport processes at atomistic to microstructural levels. Ultimately the aim of the project is to develop 4D tomographic image-based modelling tools to extract dynamic behaviours, quantify fracture and transport processes in structurally complex, multi component samples. Although initially these will be applied to
two key problems, you will be working as part of a team of 20 University of Manchester (UoM) researchers based at the RCaH/Diamond site and it is expected you will help on a number of key science challenges.

The core projects will be
focussed on resource extraction, where you will work with a team of international academic and industrial collaborators, imaging, quantifying and simulating: 1. nano-scale phenomena (flow and fracking) in shales; and 2. mineral extraction from ores. In both cases you will work on the fundamental science aspects and apply these insights to practical developments where possible. In addition to these core projects, the post-holder will support similar experimental and modelling activities within the 20 strong team of researchers in the MXIF, working on a range of nano-imaging, micro-imaging projects at both the Manchester and Harwell sites. The role will require travel within the UK and internationally to interact with partners.

The post-holder will need to show a high level of initiative and an ability to work both collaboratively and independently. Applicants should have a relevant PhD or equivalent experience in numerical modelling, DEM/FEM analysis, good team-working skills, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a good publication record. Relevant experience in x-ray tomography, image analysis algorithm development, tomographic data analysis is highly desirable. The ability to act as lead author in scientific papers and reports and to present work at international conferences is essential.

Informal enquiries
Informal enquiries can be made to
Professor Peter Lee:
The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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