Research Fellow in High Temperature/High Pressure Corrosion

United Kingdom
Sep 20, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

This project aims to exploit the advancements in synchrotron technology through collaboration with the University of Manchester and the Diamond Light Source to promote a step change in the understanding of material degradation and failure mechanisms relating to corrosion in extreme conditions. The focus of the study will predominantly be directed towards understanding corrosion processes encountered when storing and/or transporting hazardous materials (i.e. CO2transport/storage, oil and gas transport and high temperature cooling systems typical of the nuclear sector).

This will be achieved through the development of a customised test cell which can be used in future studies involving the three collaborators at the synchrotron facility. You will liaise with key contacts in Manchester and Diamond to develop a customised high pressure/high temperature flow cell which is capable of in-situ corrosion and x-ray measurements. It is anticipated that the cell will be constructed and tested before the end of the 6 month project.

Holding a first degree (2:1 or above) or a Masters, and a PhD in a Materials Science or Corrosion related subject, you will have experience in corrosion and in-situ electrochemical measurements, and operation of equipment for corrosion measurement i.e. potentiostats and their associated software. You will also have experience in synchrotron/x-ray radiation/diffraction, and microscopy and surface analysis techniques i.e. scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infraredspectroscopy (FT-IR). With significant experience with CAD modelling e.g. solidworks, you will also have good interpersonal and time management skills.

The University of Leeds’ commitment to women in science has been recognised with a national accolade. The Faculty of Engineering has been awarded the Athena SWAN Silver Award and the University holds the Bronze Award in recognition of our success in recruiting, retaining and developing/promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET).

The University offers generous terms and conditions of employment, a wide range of benefits, services, facilities and family friendly policies. Full details are available on the Human Resources web pages accessible at

University Grade 7(£32,004 - £38,183 p.a.)

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Richard Barker, tel +44 (0)113 343 2206, email