Research Associate: HATCH

07 Feb 2023
02 Mar 2023
Applied Science
Job Type
Faculty Member
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Research Associate Position related to  long-term immersion corrosion testing


Department of Materials Engineering The University of British Columbia,  Vancouver, Canada.

The Department of Materials Engineering at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus) seeks a promising individual for a full time, term Research Associate position. There may be a possibility of extension subject to work performance and funding availability. The anticipated start date of the position is April 1, 2023 ending December 31, 2023.

The successful candidate will lead the experimental setup and analysis of the results and will require a specialist in localized corrosion. The project directly involves localized corrosion of highly-alloyed stainless steel and nickel-based alloys. This is a highly detailed, time-consuming project. Several highly-controlled corrosion experiments, including measurements of the critical pitting temperature, the critical crevice temperature, electrochemical impedance spectroscopic measurements, and potentiodynamic polarization will be conducted in various solution flow rates and under various other conditions. In addition, this project involves long-term immersion corrosion testing. A large number of samples will be immersed in different test solutions for 90 days. Forty 2000 mL containers will be monitored daily for the long-term immersion tests. The test solutions will be kept at 90 °C, and the concentration of hydrogen peroxide must be maintained at a certain level, which requires daily monitoring and adjustments of the solution level (due to evaporation).  The work will include weekly project update meetings and final data analysis and reporting.”

A PhD degree in materials engineering and hands-on skills in immersion corrosion testing and various mechanical testing facilities are required. Experience as a Post-Doctoral Fellow is beneficial. The position is expected to report weekly to faculty supervisor, Dr. Edouard Asselin.  

Applications must be submitted online at Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter and should include the names and contact information for three referees.

The initial closing date for applications is March 7, 2023.

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This posting is for the UBC Vancouver campus in British Columbia, Canada.

Please refer to reference number NC-57015 during correspondence about this position.

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