UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM RECRUITMENT ROLE PROFILE FORM Job Title: Research Fellow in Energy Materials School/Department: Faculty of Engineering Salary: £28,695 - £37,394 per annum, depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance Job Family and Level: R&T Level 4 Contract Status: This post is available from 1 July 2015 and will be offered on a fixed term contract of 24 months Hours of Work: Full time Location: University Park Campus & Jubilee Campus Reporting to: Dr Hao Liu, Dr Tanvir Hussain, Prof Wei Sun Purpose of the New Role: Recently, the University of Nottingham-led consortium had been awarded EPSRC funding to research ‘Ultra-Supercritical (USC) steam power generation technology with Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB): Combustion, Materials and Modelling (USC-CFB-CMM)’ (http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/M01536X/1). This large consortium project aims to maximize the benefits of USC/CFB in terms of power generation efficiency, fuel flexibility including biomass and integration with CO 2 capture by conducting research that addresses the key challenges in combustion, materials and modelling. The post holder will undertake the materials-focused research tasks scheduled for University of Nottingham. Main Responsibilities 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. % time per year To design corrosion probes for fireside corrosion tests with laboratory-scale, pilot-scale fluidized bed combustors and a full commercial-scale USC/CFB boiler To design and build a laboratory scale high temperature erosion-corrosion test rig for materials testing To characterise material specimens using standard laboratory characterisation techniques such as SEM/EDX and XRD To develop thermally sprayed and laser-cladding coatings that are resistant to both corrosion and erosion To conduct laboratory-scale corrosion and erosion-corrosion tests of material specimens in simulated environments To conduct mechanical creep testing of Ni-based alloys and coated materials To disseminate research results through publishing research papers in high impact factor peer-reviewed journals, delivering oral/poster presentations at project meetings and national/international workshops/conferences where appropriate To co-supervise taught course students (both undergraduate and postgraduate students) who are doing individual/group research projects related to the materials-focus tasks of the EPSRC-funded project within the research group Any other duties appropriate to the grade and role. Recruitment 10% 10% 15% 20% 15% 15% 10% 5% Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications & Experience Qualifications/ Education Skills/Training Essential PhD or equivalent in areas relevant to high temperature materials, surface engineering, materials characterisation and/ or mechanical testing. Excellent hands-on skills in a laboratory environment Desirable PhD or equivalent in areas relevant to power plant materials Good understanding of surface engineering, high temperature materials and/ or mechanical testing Skills in designing high temperature corrosion and/or erosion-corrosion test rigs Skills in designing material testing probes Good understanding of materials and coatings required for ultrasupercritical power plants Experience Experience in conducting material characterisation using SEM/ EDX, XRD, TGA etc. Specific experience in testing power plant materials in fireside corrosion and erosion- corrosion. Practical operational experience with high temperature test facilities and coating deposition techniques. Experience in developing thermally sprayed coatings and laser cladded coatings for power plant applications. Relevant postdoctoral research experience. Experience in delivering presentations at national/international consortium meetings, workshops or conferences. Personal attributes Experience in publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals (a minimum of three published/accepted SCI-journal papers over the past three years) . Good organisation skills. Experience in writing grant proposals. Self-motivating and ability to work with minimum supervision. Good interpersonal skills and team working. Ability to take initiatives and make effective plans Good written and verbal communication skills. Ability to deliver according to deadlines. Decision Making i) ii) taken independently by the role holder Day-to-day research tasks’ management and organisation. Decisions regarding experimental design, undertaking experiments and analysis of results. Safe operating practices within laboratories. Preparing draft reports, papers and presentations. taken in collaboration with others Modification and maintenance of fireside corrosion erosion-corrosion and creep test facilities. Design and construction of the erosion-corrosion test rig. Application of thermally sprayed and laser cladding coatings in collaboration with specialist senior technicians. Purchase of small consumable items for experimentation. Writing and submission of papers to academic journals/conferences, progress reports/presentations and grant applications. iii) referred to the appropriate line managers (Dr Hao Liu, Dr Tanvir Hussain, Prof Wei Sun) by the role holder Decisions affecting the long-term focus and direction of the research. Interactions with industrial partners and other stakeholders than the academic partners of the project. Purchase of larger items of consumables/equipment and repair/service of any equipment.