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Reference : UMR5150-HANDER-002
Workplace : PAU
Date of publication : Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Type of Contract : FTC Technical / Administrative
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 1 July 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : between 2088 and 2206 € gross monthly following experience
Desired level of education : 5-year university degree
Experience required : 1 to 4 years
In the framework of the EU-funded ERC project ““Precipitation Triggered Rock Dynamics: the missing mesoscopic link” (PRD-Trigger) you will be in charge of the design, manufacturing and/or acquisition of test cells to control temperature, pressure and fluid flow in rock samples, as well as the exploitation of dedicated laboratory equipment for sample conditioning. You will take part in the experimental campaigns in collaboration with the project's researchers.
Your principal tasks will consist in:
• the design, the construction and the exploitation of custom-made test cells compatible with X-ray tomography imaging, to control temperature, pressure, and fluid flow in rock samples
• the exploitation of existing laboratory equipment for environmental control (oven, climatic chamber, humidity generator)
• training users on operating the equipment
• planning of maintenance or reparation of the equipment
• performing experiments and writing experimental reports
• working in collaboration with other engineers from the laboratory and from the university's workshop, with interns, PhD students and postdocs
• managing the relation with suppliers and constructors
Other secondary tasks include:
• storage and documenting of the acquired experimental data following the data management plan of PRD-Trigger
• following up on the rules on radiation protection and chemical safety related to PRD-Trigger
• regularly update the supply of chemicals and laboratory consumables for the project
• good knowledge in technical drawing
• expertise in design and construction of temperature and pressure controlled hydraulic circuits (Peltier stages, insulation, pumps, connections, valves, tubing, sealants, …)
• expertise in design and configuration of control systems for temperature, humidity and pressure (sensor selection, PID-control sequence, data acquisition pipeline)
• ability to work precisely, compliant with safety regulations
• general interest in material science and/or process engineering
• ability to work in a team
• ability to work autonomously
• maintaining good relations with internal and external services
• proficient in scientific writing and communication
• English: B2 level
You will work within the framework of the ERC project PRD-Trigger, led by Dr. Hannelore Derluyn (CNRS Associate Scientist). The PRD-Trigger team will consist of you, Dr. Derluyn, one PhD student and two postdocs, and is affiliated with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). The team will be hosted at the Laboratory of Complex Fluids and their Reservoirs (LFCR UMR 5150, lfc.univ-pau.fr) and the Pau Centre for X-ray Imaging (DMEX UMS 3360, imagingcenter.univ-pau.fr) at the University of Pau & Pays Adour (UPPA) in France, on its campus in Pau.
UPPA is a laureate of the French Science Innovation Excellence Initiative I-SITE (one of only 8 universities in France, e2s-uppa.eu). The LFCR consists of about 110 members (60 non-permanent, 40 permanent staff and 10 support staff) and its research focuses on the behavior of fluids and reservoirs, and the coupling between them, from nano to reservoir scale. The multi-disciplinary character of the laboratory is reflected by the research groups of which it consists, working on: (1) geomechanics and porous media, (2) characterization of geological reservoirs, (3) interfaces and dispersed systems and (4) thermophysical properties. The PRD-Trigger project inscribes into the transversal research axes of the laboratory spanning the different research groups, focusing on multi-scale numerical approaches and experimental imaging techniques. DMEX is a service unit, ISO 9001 certified since 2017, whose mission is to provide services related to X-ray imaging and material characterization, both to academic and industrial (TOTAL, TEREGA, STORENGY, SAFT,…) partners.
Constraints and risks
You will be working at an X-ray imaging center and assist in experiments performed at synchrotrons. As such, you will be working with equipment emitting X-ray radiation. At DMEX as well as at synchrotron beamlines, specific safety measures are put in place to protect you from radiation and to monitor potential exposure to radiation. Under correct use, you are not exposed to radiation.
The experiments will make use of salt solutions, which have to be manipulated according to the appropriate safety regulations with respect to their harmfulness for the environment and humans. The necessary safety measures and personal protective equipment are present at the laboratory.
Training on radiation safety and chemical safety will be provided at the start of your appointment.
The appointment is initially for a period of 1 year, with possibility for extension.
Depending on the development of the COVID-19 situation, interviews will be held in June online or if possible at the laboratory in person.
Depending on the regulations related to COVID-19 and your personal situation, the start of the contract will be 1/07/2020 or 1/09/2020.
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