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Research Associate: Short Range Ordering of Alloys (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

The University of Cambridge is working as part of a multi-university research initiative to develop new alloys for high temperature service. As part of this, we are now seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join our team in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy ( to study the occurrence and nature of short range order in alloy systems.

The research will require the use of large-scale facilities (neutron and synchrotron X-ray) to acquire data suitable for pair distribution function analysis and its subsequent processsing using Rietveld refinement, large and small box modeling and statistical analysis.

The postholder must be able to take the initiative and lead their own research as well as engage with and support the research of other group members. In addition, the successful candidate will liaise directly with technical staff at Rolls-Royce plc. and be responsible for communicating the findings of their research.

Applicants must have: • A degree in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering or a related discipline. • A PhD in Materials Science, or be due to submit by the starting date. • Experience in the use of synchrotron X-ray and neutron facilities. • Experience of total scattering and its application to metals and alloys. • Expertise in diffraction data analysis and the coding of routines in appropriate languages, e.g. python, fortran, C++, etc. • Published papers on the analysis of alloys using diffraction-based methods. • Have previously presented the findings of their research at international conferences. • The ability and desire to work in collaboration with industrial organisations.

It would also be advantageous for applicants to have experience of: • Nickel or cobalt alloys. • Titanium alloys. • High entropy alloys. • Metallographic preparation.

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