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Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology

PhD Studentship in Materials Science

Ultrasonic fractional purification of recycled Al alloys

Applications are invited from excellent candidates for a PhD studentship in the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) at Brunel University London, UK.

BCAST is a work-renowned research centre focusing on solidification related research with a state-of-the art experimental facilities and expertise for both solidification processing and materials characterization. BCAST is the base of Future Manufacturing Hub in Liquid Metal Engineering and Advanced Metal Casting Centre. The on-going research at BCAST covers a wide range of fundamental studies, technological developments and industrial applications of light alloys.

The studentship is co-sponsored by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Jaguar-Land Rover and provides both full university tuition fee and a bursary of up to £26,000 per annum (tax free) for 3.5 years.

We would like the student to start in October 2016.


The studentship is only available for UK and EU citizens, or UK residents (who have legally stayed in the UK, not for the purpose of full education, for more than 3 years prior to the start of the grant.)

Candidates should hold a minimum of 2.1 BSc Hons or MSc Degree in a Materials Science, Metallurgy, Materials Engineering, Physics or Chemistry.

The project is about the development of an efficient purification technology of recycled aluminium alloys and should meet three main challenges:

  • The first is a better understanding and the related ability to establish control of fractional solidification using dedicated experiments, thermodynamic modelling and heat/mass transfer simulations.
  • The second is to understand the mechanisms of ultrasonic processing in the fractional solidification through smaller scale experiments.
  • The third is to design and test a prototype and demonstrate the feasibility of the approach in application to the scrap of different origin and composition.

How to apply

If you wish to apply, please e-mail the following to Prof. D.G. Eskin

• An up-to-date CV;

• A single-page A4 single-spaced covering letter setting out why you are a suitable candidate. Please state the name of the project at the top of the page.

• Names and contact details for two referees;

• A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript.

Closing date for applications is July 31st 2016.

Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology

Ph. D. Studentship in Aluminium Alloy Development

Applications are invited for a full time Ph. D. studentship in aluminium alloy development in BCAST at Brunel University London. The position is for 3 years and is open to UK and international candidates. Funding covers full time tuition fees and annual maintenance payments for eligible applicants. The Ph. D. student will be supervised by Dr. S Ji and Prof. Z. Fan. Applicants who are non-native English speakers must possess an English language qualification accepted by the Home Office. The details can be found at

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 candidate will work on the development of cast aluminium alloys for automotive applications. This will include optimising alloy composition against specified performance targets, 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 mechanism 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 alloy at elevated temperatures.

The successful candidates should hold or expect to obtain a first class or upper second-class honour in suitable engineering discipline, e.g.: materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Masters level qualification is desirable but not essential. 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 is an advantage.  In addition, he/she should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills.

Informal enquiries should be direct to Dr S Ji, email:

How to Apply

If you wish to apply, please email the following to by 27th May 2016.

· An up to date CV;

· A single page (A4), single spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;

· Names and contact details for 3 referees;

· A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript;

· Copy of your English Language qualification, if appropriate


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: Wednesday 27 April 2016