Job: Lecturer 2 /Senior Lecturer (Teaching & Research) in Structural Integrity

Applications are invited for a fixed-term Lecturer 2 (grade 8) or Senior Lecturer (grade 9) in Structural Integrity with the possibility of extension or permanency subject to funding. The post will be based in the Nuclear Futures Institute, in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at Bangor University.

Duties will include the initiation of a research group dedicated to structural integrity to support the ongoing efforts within the nuclear group including with small modular reactors, advanced modular reactors, co-generation, nuclear medicine and more.

The successful candidate will be expected to work with a range of industrial leaders building collaborations with, for example, the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory, EDF Energy, Rolls-Royce and the NARMC). The post will undertake research and drive innovation through links with the Forum for Engineering Structural integrity, the National Structural Integrity Research Centre at TWI, the R5 and R6 development programme, and the European Structural Integrity Society, e.g. through Prof. Andrew Sherry.

Candidates should be educated to PhD standard (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area and applications are sought from both theoretical and experimental focused researchers that can advance research in areas such as materials testing, fracture modelling, data science and AI, structural integrity procedures (R5 and R6), non-destructive evaluation methods and/or work to advance new processing methods (coatings, joining methods, rapid manufacture).

The successful candidate will be expected to commence as soon as possible and the post is available until 31st December 2022 in the first instance.

For more information about the post, please contact Dr Simon Middleburgh (s.middleburgh@bangor.ac.uk) or Prof Bill Lee (b.lee@bangor.ac.uk).

Applications will only be accepted via our on-line recruitment website, jobs.bangor.ac.uk. However, in cases of access issues due to disability, paper application forms are available by telephoning 01248 383865.

Closing date for applications: 01-03-2021.

Committed To Equal Opportunities.

Closing Date

01-03-2021

Salary

Salary: £41,526 - £ 59,135

Contract Duration

31-12-2022

Ref: BU02285

Overview

The city of Bangor is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty close to the mountains of Snowdonia and the beach resorts of the North Wales coast, and offers a quality of life that surpasses that in most regions of the UK. Lying on the Euroroute to Ireland, Bangor is served by fast train services to most major cities and excellent road connections via the A55 expressway to the motorway network. Manchester and Liverpool airports are within 90 minutes away by car.

Bangor University was established in 1884 and currently has over 11,000 students. It comprises 14 Academic Schools grouped in to 3 colleges. The College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at Bangor University is one of the leading centres in the UK for teaching and research in biology, environmental sciences, geography, ocean sciences, chemistry, computer science and electronic engineering. The University was awarded a Gold rating in the recent UK Teaching Excellence Framework.

The Nuclear Futures Institute is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government Ser Cymru programme, and aims to establish “a world leading capability in nuclear engineering, which establishes North Wales as a global centre, delivering international partnerships and opportunity from a rich mix of existing and new talent. Leading the UK new nuclear agenda and rejuvenating the UK and Welsh nuclear sector.”

Structural integrity research in the nuclear industry is of paramount significance and by combining with the ranging expertise within the Nuclear Futures Institute, the new appointee will be expected to grow a world-leading capability with support from local, national and international organisations.

The Project

The Nuclear Futures Institute in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at Bangor University is working with a range of partners in the fields of reactor physics, materials, fuel-cycle and thermal hydraulics. The need for a grounding in structural integrity is clear and we are looking to appoint an individual who is able to collaborate and extend the reach of the institute. We are looking for someone who can apply themselves, for example, in the field of Pb-cooled fast reactor technology, advanced high temperature gas-cooled materials, small modular reactors, nuclear medicine and test reactor technology and beyond.

The appointee will be expected to be able to use finite-element analysis methods (or similar e.g. discreet element methods) or appoint a person to perform such tasks with a 24-month post-doctoral research officer position available to them.

Purpose of the Job

This role will initiate a structural integrity group within Bangor University’s Nuclear Futures Institute. The post-holder will also help regional ambitions related to nuclear engineering projects, including but not limited to the projects at Wylfa, Trawsfynydd and projects relating to the North Wales Growth Deal (>£350m supporting the region).

An in-depth knowledge of structural integrity research methods, either experimental or modelling (or a combination thereof) is sought with a combination of NDE, materials, and engineering analysis/simulation competencies.

The appointee will be expected to communicate their work through journal publications, invited conference presentations etc. to highlight the benefits of the investment in North Wales. They will also need to attain research funding through open calls, industrial contacts and initiate a wider research group through these routes (including funding for Masters, PhD and PDRAs).

Person Specification

Qualifications/Training

Essential
  • PhD in a relevant subject area.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) or equivalent (if the applicant does not have this, they will be asked to attain this qualification through Bangor University during the initial 18 months of their employment).
Desirable

• Trained to use structural integrity procedures including R5 and R6 (or equivalent).
• Professional membership of a relevant professional institute, e.g. IMechE, active in FESI and/or the European Structural Integrity Society.

 

Teaching

Essential

• Experience of supervising undergraduate and postgraduate projects.
• For grade 9 =  sustained experience supervising students to completion.

Desirable

• Experience of teaching at higher education level with evidence of successful student learning outcomes.

Research

Essential

• Experience with experimental or theoretical methods related to structural integrity research related to the nuclear industry.
• Working knowledge of AMR/SMR/power reactor function and structural integrity related issues (including regulatory aspects e.g. R5 and R6).
• For Grade 9 = evidence of deep working knowledge of nuclear structural integrity research related to industrial needs.

Desirable

• Some administrative and organisational experience, related to academic development or equivalent
• Evidence of disseminating own ‘good practice’ effectively to others and taking up of ‘good practice’ from other sources into own work

Skills/Abilities

Essential

• Experience with experimental or theoretical methods related to structural integrity research related to the nuclear industry.
• Working knowledge of AMR/SMR/power reactor function and structural integrity related issues (including regulatory aspects e.g. R5 and R6).
• For Grade 9 = evidence of deep working knowledge of nuclear structural integrity research related to industrial needs.

Desirable

• Some administrative and organisational experience, related to academic development or equivalent
• Evidence of disseminating own ‘good practice’ effectively to others and taking up of ‘good practice’ from other sources into own work
• The ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh is desirable for this role. If applicants are not able to speak / write in Welsh at present, there are many opportunities to learn if the successful candidate wishes to do so.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Research and Supervision
• To actively seek funding opportunities from industry and research councils.
• Sustained evidence of generating research income from recognised research funding bodies as appropriate for the field of discipline.
• Liaising with national research bodies and industry to identify future research requirements.
• Developing a research leadership profile by building, leading and managing a research group. This will involve appointing research staff and students.
• Supervision of research students and/or research assistants.
• Delivering research outcomes. The post-holder will be required to produce articles for publication in high quality journals on a regular basis. To contribute to the dissemination of research outputs through relevant scientific technical and public press and conferences.
• Identify and develop commercial opportunities stemming from research work. Including submitting patent applications and pursuing innovation funding.

Influence policy
• To engage with the advisory bodies of organisations such as Governments and learned societies, in order to provide expert advice and guide policy.
• Participate as member of national (and/or international) committees, funding bodies and editorial boards as appropriate to the field.
• Advise industry on new solutions to structural integrity challenges.

Teaching
• The post-holder may be required to prepare and give lectures/seminars, perform lab demonstrations and tutorials.
• Contribute to teaching in an engineering/materials field.

Administration
• Engage in and contribute to the successful operation of the Nuclear Futures Institute.
• Support and contribute to the management and administration of research projects. Participate in project meetings. Liaise with stakeholders (external and internal). Ensure appropriate time management controls are implemented.
• Engage fully with the University REF procedure and other research assessment processes • Assist in organising and contributing to seminars, conferences and other events organised by the Nuclear Futures Institute.
• Attend training courses as appropriate to ensure continuing skills development.

This list indicates the main areas of activity of the post. It may be amended or added to, at the discretion of the Ser Cymru Chair and/or the Head of School/Dean of College, with other duties commensurate with the function and grade following consultation with the post-holder.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

• The post holder will be expected to participate in performance review and developmental activities.
• The post holder will be expected to comply with the University’s equality policies and statements, Dignity at Work and Study Policy and the University’s Welsh Language Scheme.
• The post holder has a general and legal duty of care in relation to health, safety and wellbeing and must take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for him/her self and for other members of staff, students and visitors affected by his/her actions or inactions. The post holder is also required to comply with all applicable health and safety policies, procedures and risk assessments.
• The post holder must comply with relevant legal and financial policies and procedures and be aware of their responsibilities in terms of the legal requirements of their post.

General

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We strive to develop a workforce from all sections of the community regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age. We promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language through our progressive Welsh Language Policy. We comply with the Welsh Language Standards and are committed to equality of opportunity. You are welcome to apply for any job in English or Welsh and all applications submitted will be treated equally.

We are a member of Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Gender Equality charter and hold a Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to and progress towards gender equality within the University’s policies, practices, and culture. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

All members of staff have a duty to ensure their actions are in line with the overall environmental aims of the University and minimise their environmental impact.

All offers are made subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK and receipt of satisfactory references.

All candidates must meet the requirements of UK ‘right to work’ requirements *** If you require Home Office permission to work in the UK, or need to switch your visa status in order to take this job, please note that following the introduction by the Government of immigration limits on skilled workers we recommend you use the following link to information about the routes into employment and to check eligibility requirements: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/

Please note that, in the event of applications being received from candidates on the University’s Redeployment Register with a reasonable skills match to the post specification, these applicants will be given prior consideration. In addition to those on the Redeployment Register, staff members who have been directly affected by the current restructuring exercise will also be given prior consideration.