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PhD Studentship Aluminium Alloy Development

A fully funded PhD studentship in BCAST at Brunel University London is available for a suitable candidate with a strong interest in fundamental and applied research in the area of metallurgy and casting processes. Applications are invited from highly motivated graduates that have achieved/expect to achieve a good honours degree in a relevant subject, e.g. Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics. The position is for at least 3 years and is open to UK and international students. Funding will cover tuition fees and an annual maintenance payment for eligible applicants. The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. S Ji and Prof. Z. Fan.

BCAST is a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the EPSRC Centre – LiME). Our research covers fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing. BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. See for more information.

The successful candidates will work on the development of cast aluminium alloys for automotive applications. This will include optimising alloy composition against specified performance targets and selecting suitable casting processes for automotive applications. The project also aims to understand the underlying mechanisms responsible for the microstructural evolution during casting and degradation mechanisms during performance. He/she is expected to interact with other researchers in BCAST and research engineers from industry. It is also expected that throughout the project, the student will acquire a set of skills in advanced materials characterization, which are aimed at examining the relationship between composition, microstructure and performance of aluminium alloys at elevated temperatures.

The successful candidates should desirably have a Masters level qualification or expect to obtain a first class or upper second-class honour in a suitable engineering discipline. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials are beneficial for application. In addition, he/she should have good communication skills and be a team player.

Applicants should submit a full CV, along with a personal statement detailing why you are interested in undertaking this project as well as the names and contact details of 3 referees. Applications and requests for further information should be directed to Dr S. Ji (

Closing date for receipt of applications is: 4th December 2015.


PhD Students

BCAST is always interested in recruiting full-time PhD students. Please view our staff page for a 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: Thursday 05 November 2015