Job: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Modelling Lead-Cooled Advanced Modular Reactors and Materials

Applications are invited for the above full-time post working in the Nuclear Futures Institute within the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.

Main duties will be to support research into the lead-fast reactor (LFR) projects at Bangor University through a range of modelling methods. An experienced user of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and ideally materials modelling methods such as Density Functional Theory (DFT) is sought and other duties will involve support for atomic scale modelling studies and experimental efforts related to the LFR advanced modular reactor concept.

The scheme has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. EU Funds: Investing in Wales.

Candidates should possess a PhD (or near completion – or equivalent qualification) related to modelling of fluids through methods such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CDF) or similar, have excellent communication skills, a track record in peer reviewed publications and a knowledge of liquid metal cooled fast reactors is desired. The appointee will present to industry sponsors including Westinghouse Electric Company and the National Nuclear Laboratory on a regular basis.

The successful candidate will be expected to commence as soon as possible – the post is available until 28/02/2023.

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

Closing date for applications: 26 February 2021.

Please contact Dr. Simon Middleburgh
( for details.

Committed To Equal Opportunities

Closing Date



Salary: £33,797 - £40,322

Contract Duration


Ref: BU02341


The Advanced Modular Reactor work is part of the Nuclear Futures Institute’s aim to grow a world-class nuclear energy expertise in North Wales (supported by the Sêr Cymru programme). The Nuclear Futures Institute (see has expertise in nuclear materials (both modelling and experiment – supported by the uranium active MERLIN facility), thermal-hydraulics, reactor design, regulation and fuel performance. The successful candidate will work closely with this diverse team.

The Project

Bangor University is involved with the UK’s Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) programme funded by BEIS and is aiming to be a centre for Pb-testing within the UK, collaborating with other national and international institutions. The successful candidate will aid in the design, build and operation of a number of the setups through computational modelling methods, mainly Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) but also atomic scale and thermo-dynamical modelling. Other researchers in the group will be examining erosion/corrosion of materials in contact with flowing lead, and collaborations are expected

The scheme has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. EU Funds: Investing in Wales.

Purpose of the Job

The post is part of an established team working in the area of nuclear materials. The project involves supporting a range of high temperature flowing Pb setups that will be used to research the behaviour of materials in Lead- Fast Reactor conditions.

The post holder will be responsible for planning / conducting / analysing and publishing a series of modelling studies, working with our industry sponsors and AMR team members, and collaborating with the wider community to ensure best-practice and research relevance is maintained.

Person Specification


  • Possess a PhD (or near completion – or equivalent qualification) related to modelling of fluids through methods such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CDF) or similar.
  • Training/qualifications related to materials degradation in liquid metal environments.


  • Knowledge of nuclear energy and the specific challenges associated with lead- cooled fast reactors.
  • Highly proficient user of CFD software (such as COMSOL).
  • Proven track record of publication in quality journals and conference presentations.
  • Specific experience working with liquid lead or other liquid metal system.
  • Experience working with atomic scale modelling methods such as molecular dynamics and/or density functional theory (DFT).


  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Demonstrate good analytical skills, ability to analyse numerical data, present results appropriately and ability to prioritise workload and work to deadlines.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the bilingual nature of the institution and area, and the ensuing responsibilities.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Modelling the behaviour of components within a lead-cooled fast reactor, including pump impellors and nuclear fuel bundles.
  • Working with atomic scale modellers to understand erosion/corrosion behaviour that can be linked into the mesoscale/engineering scale models.
  • Gathering and analysis of data from experimental efforts to assess computer-based predictions
  • Actively support the principal investigator in developing new techniques; the validation of laboratory models; scheduling and testing research; collecting and analysing data.
  • Delivering research outcomes. This will include: contribution to the dissemination of research outputs through relevant scientific technical and public press and conferences; working with partners to disseminate results to industry; write regular updates on progress to the project management group; collaborate with co- researchers and write up the results in scientific articles; write final reports; discussing and sharing results with grant holders.
  • Administration of the research project. This will include: participation in project meetings; coordination of project to meeting aims and objectives; liaising with stakeholders (external and internal).
  • Other duties and responsibilities specific to the role include: advising and collaborating with Masters and PhD students within the research programme; contribute to the teaching/lecturing programmes; actively participate in specific College activities including outreach; establish collaborative groups (internal or external); gain external funding; project management.

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.


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:

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.