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Location: Culham, United Kingdom, South East England

Materials Scientist - PbLi Cooling Loop

Culham, United Kingdom, South East England

Job Description

Do you have a Materials Science or Metallurgy background?
Would you like to work at the cutting edge of research into the future of zero carbon energy? Here at the UK Atomic Energy Authority, we are researching Fusion Energy, we are aiming to create truly clean energy to power the world for future generations.
In your role you'll develop the specification and design of a magnetic liquid Li / PbLi loop designed to conduct corrosion/creep/fatigue experiments at elevated temperatures.
You will carry out the requirements capture, interface with external stakeholders who have expertise in the fields of corrosion, thermo-mechanical fatigue and stress-corrosion cracking, finally raising a tender for design review. Ultimately, you'll produce a full test-rig specification with associated costings. In addition, a thorough literature search into the state-of-the-art of liquid metal corrosion will be produced. This will encompass not only Li and PbLi corrosion, but also the interaction of structural components such as reduced activation ferritic martensitic (RAFM) steel with molten salts, such as F-Li-Be and F-Li-Na-Be. This literature review will involve preparation of externally sourced data into a format suitable for reporting in a future materials database. Therefore, this role will have a strong bias towards a commercial skill set but you will be required to interpret and relay technical data pertaining to liquid metal corrosion as well.
You will also have the opportunity to generate literature and reports based on this research with the intention to publish once complete.
Essential skills:

Metallurgy & material science background.

Understanding of corrosion processes.

Familiarity with placing contracts and design tender processes.

Reporting broad findings and technical details in literature reviews or reports.
Desirable skills:

Development and design of test rigs (ideally corrosion focussed).

Knowledge of PbLi and/or molten salts and their corrosion behaviour.

Magnetism and its effects on corrosion properties.

Strong project management background.

We celebrate and support diversity and are committed to ensuring equal opportunities for both employees and applicants.

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