Exit Menu

Below you can find the current vacancies available in BCAST.


PhD Studentships in Al-alloys for automotive applications

Applications are invited for two full time, 3-year EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentships in research associated with the development of high strength Al-alloys in BCAST at Brunel University London and in collaboration with Constellium. Applicants who are non-native speakers must possess an English language qualification acceptable by the university.

BCAST is a speciality research centre focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and hosts the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the EPSRC Future LiME Hub). BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. We cover fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing.

Find out more

See the website for more information. The work will take place in BCAST’s Advanced Metal Casting Centre (AMCC) and Advanced Metal Processing Centre (AMPC), which are new scale-up facilities that bridge the gap between fundamental research and full scale industrialisation and are aimed at meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the automotive industry. The project will be part of the activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) established with BCAST.

The successful candidate will join a team working on the development of ultra-high performance 6xxx aluminium alloys for automotive applications. He/she will focus on one of the following topics based on their experience and interest

Understanding manufacturing induced mechanical properties through computer modelling and simulation of both materials and processes.

Understanding the formation mechanisms and developing effective approaches to control secondary phase particles during the melt conditioned direct chill (MC-DC) casting process developed by BCAST.

Understanding the interactions between heat treatment and deformation processing aiming to achieve significant improvement of mechanical performance.

Understanding the interactions between precipitates and dislocations using advanced electronic microscopy techniques.

Eligibility

Applicants are required to have an upper second or first class undergraduate honours degree (or a recognised equivalent from an overseas university) in metallurgy/materials science or another related engineering or physical science. A Masters level qualification is desirable. In addition, the successful candidate should be highly motivated, able to work within a team and have good communication skills. The successful candidates are expected to commence at the latest in October 2017

If you wish to apply, please email the following by 1 September 2017:

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 of 3 referees;

A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript;

Copy of your English Language qualification, if appropriate.

Informal enquiries and applications should be directed to Dr. C. Mendis: 
Email: chamini.mendis@brunel.ac.uk / Tel: +44-1895-268502.

 

PhD Studentship in Formation of Iron-Containing Intermetallics in Aluminium Alloys

Applications are invited for a full time PhD studentship in the experimental investigation of the formation of iron-containing intermetallics in recycled aluminium alloys in the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST). Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £16,553 plus payment of their full time tuition fees at the published home/EU rate for a period of 48 months.  

Find out more

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 Future LiME Research Hub). 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 BCAST website for further information. 

The successful candidate will work on experimental investigation of the formation of iron-containing intermetallics in recycled aluminium alloys. The project aims to understand heterogeneous nucleation Fe-containing intermetallics during solidification of recycled Al alloys and to develop practical approaches to refine such intermetallics. This project involves alloy preparation, solidification processing under various condition and materials characterisation at different length scales.

Informal enquiries should be emailed direct to Professor Zhongyun Fan at zhongyun.fan@brunel.ac.uk

Eligibility

Applicants will have a first degree at 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is an advantage 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, applicants should be highly motivated, able to work in a team (you will be supported by other researchers in BCAST) and have good communication skills.

Applicants must also have been resident in the UK for 3 years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship.

How to Apply

Please email the following to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 30 September 2017.  Interviews will take place in October 2017.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • A single page (A4), single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate and interested in undertaking this project;
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and/or transcript(s);
  • Evidence of English language proficiency to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.

 

PhD Studentship in Simulation and Modelling of Casting

Applications are invited for a full time PhD studentship in the experimental investigation of the formation of iron-containing intermetallics in recycled aluminium alloys in the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST). Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £16,553 plus payment of their full time tuition fees at the published home/EU rate for a period of 48 months. 

The successful candidate will work on the computer modelling and simulation of shape casting processes.  Applicants should have a strong background and interest in mathematical modelling and computer simulation.  Experience in finite element (FE) method and computation fluid dynamic (CFD) modelling would be an advantage.   You should be willing to interact with other researchers in BCAST for experimental verification of the models. 

Find out more

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 Future LiME Research Hub). 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 BCAST website for further information.  

Informal enquiries should be emailed direct to Professor Alain Jacot at alain.jacot@brunel.ac.uk or by telephone, direct line +44(0)1895 265358.

Eligibility

Applicants will have a first degree at 2:1 or above in metallurgy, materials sciences, chemical engineering or a related field of science or engineering. A Master’s level qualification is an advantage but not essential.  In addition, applicants should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills.

Applicants must also have been resident in the UK for 3 years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship.

How to Apply

Please email the following to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 30 September 2017.  Interviews will take place in October 2017.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • A single page (A4), single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate and interested in undertaking this project;
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and/or transcript(s);
  • Evidence of English language proficiency to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.

 

PhD Studentship in Microstructure Modelling

Applications are invited for a full time PhD studentship in solidification modelling in the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST).  Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £16,553 plus payment of their full time tuition fees at the published home/EU rate for a period of 48 months. 

The successful candidate will work on the development and numerical implementation of mathematical models to simulate microstructure evolution in continuous and DC casting manufacturing processes.  The aim is to understand and provide a basis for the quantitative prediction of grain structure and phase selection in casting of aluminium and magnesium alloys.  The project will be pursued by using a combination of analytical and numerical models aimed at the simulation of solidification at mesoscopic and macroscopic length scales.

Find out more

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 Future LiME Research Hub). 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 BCAST website for further information. 

Informal enquiries should be emailed direct to Professor Hamid Assadi at hamid.assadi@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268478.

Eligibility

Applicants will have a first degree at 2:1 or above in metallurgy, materials science or a related field of science or engineering.  A Master’s level qualification is an advantage but not essential.  Experience in finite element method, thermodynamic modelling and the phase-field method would be advantageous.  Applicants should also be highly motivated, willing to learn new practical skills, able to work with other researchers for experimental verification of the models and have good communication skills.

Applicants must also have been resident in the UK for 3 years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship.

How to Apply

Please email the following to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 30 September 2017.  Interviews will take place in October 2017.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • A single page (A4), single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate and interested in undertaking this project;
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and/or transcript(s);
  • Evidence of English language proficiency to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.

 

PhD Studentships in Atomic Level Simulation of Nucleation Behaviour During Solidification

Applications are invited for two full time PhD studentships in atomic level simulation in the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST). Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £16,553 plus payment of their full time tuition fees at the published home/EU rate for a period of 48 months. 

The successful candidates will work on the theoretical modelling of nucleation process in solidification using atomistic molecular dynamics simulation techniques, which include first-principles density functional theory (FP-DFT) and atomistic simulation methods.  The research project also includes the study of intermetallic phase formation in AI alloys.  You will be expected to interact with other experimental researchers in BCAST and research engineers in industry. 

Find out more

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 Future LiME Research Hub). 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 BCAST website for further information. 

Informal enquiries should be emailed direct to either Professor Changming Fang at changming.fang@brunel.ac.uk (tel: +44(0) 1895 267688) or Professor Zhongyun Fan at Zhongyun.fan@brunel.ac.uk (tel: +44(0) 1895 266406) 

Eligibility

Applicants will have a first degree at 2:1 or above in a suitable physical sciences discipline, e.g. mathematical physics, physics, material sciences, metallurgy, etc. A Master’s level qualification is an advantage but not essential.  Experience in Unix/Linux operation systems, data processing and programming is an advantage.  In addition, applicants should be highly motivated, able to work in a team (you will be supported by other researchers in BCAST) and have good communication skills.

Applicants must also have been resident in the UK for 3 years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship.

How to Apply

Please email the following to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 30 September 2017.  Interviews will take place in October 2017.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • A single page (A4), single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate and interested in undertaking this project;
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and/or transcript(s);
  • Evidence of English language proficiency to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees