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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.


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: Friday 01 July 2016