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Research Fellowship

Ref: HPA0089-1

High Shear Processing of Recycled Aluminium Scrap.

Applications from suitably qualified and well motivated individuals are invited for the position of Research Fellowship in High Shear Processing of Recycled Aluminium Scrap in BCAST at Brunel University. This position, funded by the EU FP7 Programme (RecycAl), is for 33 months and the starting salary will be up to £33,562 per annum plus £2,166 per annum London Weighting, depending on qualifications, experience and research track record.

The Research Fellow will join an EU collaborative team of thirteen partners working on a programme to create high quality Al alloys from post-consumer scrap. He/she will be specifically responsible for proving and developing a process for reducing Fe content in molten scrap Al, based on BCAST’s high shear technology. He/she is also expected to interact with other researchers in BCAST and to collaborate with researchers from the external partners.

The successful candidate should have a PhD degree in materials science and engineering, physics or another related scientific or engineering discipline, and should have a strong background in physical metallurgy. Expertise in experimental solidification research and microstructural characterisation techniques are essential. In addition, he/she should have good communication skills and be a team player. Previous experience of collaboration with industry is desirable.

BCAST is a speciality research institute (SRI) focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation. BCAST prides itself on its innovation and creativity. Our activity covers fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and solidification processing. See for more information. We lead the EPSRC Centre – LiME, a national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering; and are creating the Advanced Metals Casting Centre, a national scale-up facility.

For further details and to apply please visit our on-line recruitment pages

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof. Zhongyun Fan in BCAST (

Closing date for receipt of applications is: 24 April 2014

PhD Studentship 

Joining dissimilar materials to create high integrity multi-materials joints for future automotive structures

The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC™) is a state-of-the-art engineering facility for postgraduate training and industry led research. A joint effort by Brunel University and a world leading research institution TWI, the Centre will carry out cutting edge research and deliver highly qualified training for future research leaders in the field of structural integrity.

A significant number of fully funded PhD studentships are available for suitable candidates with strong interest in fundamental and applied research in the area of structural integrity. The studentship will cover a stipend of £16,000 per annum for 3 years, UK/EU student tuition fees (currently at £4k/y), and supports for research. Overseas applicants are welcome, with note that the total funding is capped at £20k/year. Successful applicants will be required to register at Brunel University for the PhD degree, and will be based at Granta Park, Cambridge, adjacent to the Headquarters of TWI.

The research topic has direct links with industry and it is aimed at developing new resistance welding technologies to create high integrity multi-material joints. Resistance welding is traditionally the technique of choice for thin metal joining in the automotive industry. Over the last century mass production of cars has been enabled as a result of high speed, reliable, easily automated joining of low carbon steels using the resistance spot welding process.

Present and future automotive structures will contain an increasing volume of "new" materials including; high strength steels, new steel coatings, aluminium (sheet, extrusions and castings), magnesium, stainless steels, polymers and composites. New and often unfamiliar joining technologies are required to enable car production using these materials. In most cases the new joining solutions do not offer the same, speed, repeatability, robustness or economics of spot welding.


The objective of this studentship is to develop novel methods and solutions to allow the new generation of materials to be joined by the resistance welding process. The bulk and surface properties of the materials to be joined will be studied; the mechanical properties of the joints will be assessed against industry requirements. New innovations will look at electrode materials, welding process control, material interactions and automation of the proposed solutions.


Applicants should have or expect to obtain the equivalent of a 2.1 or first class undergraduate degree in engineering background, chemical or mechanical engineering preferred.  Candidates should have excelled in previous study of materials science/metallurgy. A postgraduate degree in these subject areas is also desirable, but not a necessity. Applicants should be UK citizens, or EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for the three years preceding the date of application.

To apply, please send CV and transcript of university study with a covering letter specifying the area of interest and two referees to the following contacts. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

For enquiries, please contact:

Dr N. Hari Babu at Brunel University ( / Tel: 01895 265466), or Sullivan Smith at TWI ( / Tel: 01223 899262)

PhD Students

BCAST is always interested in recruiting full-time PhD students. Click here for the list of current PhD students and their contact details at BCAST.

If you are a home or EU student, there are a number of studentships available at BCAST through EPSRC CASE studentships. EPSRC funding is available for all UK and EU-nationals, normally resident in the UK. The funding covers both tuition fees and bursary for the three year duration of the PhD. The bursary can be up to £14,000 pa (tax free). For all the funding opportunities for postgraduate training from EPSRC, please see the EPSRC website.

If you are a non-EU student, please contact us directly to discuss about possible funding opportunities and research proposals.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Brian McKay ( at all times.

Page last updated: Friday 21 March 2014