Postdoctoral Fellow in Mechanical Engineering

The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. We perform cutting-edge research in the fields of matter and materials, energy and environment and human health. By performing fundamental and applied research, we work on sustainable solutions for major challenges facing society, science and economy. PSI is committed to the training of future generations. Therefore about one quarter of our staff are post-docs, post-graduates or apprentices. Altogether PSI employs 2100 people.

The structural integrity group investigates the influence of material ageing phenomena on the lifetime and structural integrity of (nuclear) power plant components. In order to strengthening our structural mechanics activities we are looking for a 

Postdoctoral Fellow

Probabilistic leak before break analysis

Your tasks

  • Probabilistic leak before break analysis of BWR and PWR RPV nozzles and pipings in the context of active degradation and ageing mechanism (SCC, fatigue) with PRO-LOCA Code
  • Participation in various OECD LBB Benchmarks
  • Optimization of PRO-LOCA Modules within the international PARTRIDGE-III project
  • Publication of results in scientific journals and at international conferences; Contribution to PROACTIV and other project reports

Your profile

You have a PhD degree in mechanical engineering or material science or an equivalent education as well as experience in (probabilistic) fracture mechanics and finite element modeling (ABAQUS, structural mechanics and CFD) as well as a good understanding of structural mechanics. Good programming and communication skills in English and willingness to collaborate in a small research team are also required. A German working knowledge would be an asset.

We offer

Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will profit from a systematic training on the job, in addition to personal development possibilities and our pronounced vocational training culture. If you wish to optimally combine work and family life or other personal interests, we are able to support you with our modern employment conditions and the on-site infrastructure.
Your employment contract ist limited to 2 years.
For further information please contact Markus Niffenegger, phone +41 56 310 26 86.
Please submit your application online (including addresses of referees) for the position as a Postdoctoral Fellow (index no. 4603-00) by 31th March 2019.
Paul Scherrer Institut Human Resources Management, Hedwig Habersaat, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland.

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