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PhD Studentship: Residual Stress Analysis and Prediction on Cylinder Head Castings

Applications are invited for one full time (3.5 year) EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentships at BCAST, Brunel University London starting from October 2018 or earlier. The successful candidate will work on the project of “Residual Stress Analysis and Prediction on Cylinder Head Castings”. The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend (currently £16,553 per annum) and payment of their full-time home tuition fees for a period of 42 months.

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). The 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's website for more information.

The successful candidate will work on the project of “Residual Stress Analysis and Prediction on Cylinder Head Castings”. This will include design of featured castings or direct use of cylinder head castings for residual stress analysis; Validation of measuring methods and measurement of residual stress in castings; prediction of residual stress through modelling or suitable methods; and setup of quantitative relationship between materials processing and residual stress. The project also aims to understand the underlying mechanisms responsible for the formation of residual stress in castings. He/she is expected to interact with other researchers in University 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/analysis.  Applicants should submit the documents for the research project.  

Eligibility
Applicants will have or expect to receive a minimum 2:1 or 1st class degree in a relevant subject, e.g.: Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics or Mechanical Engineering.  A Masters qualification is an advantage but not essential.
 Applicants must have been resident in the UK for three or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship. 

How to Apply
Please e-mail all the documents listed below to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by Noon on Friday 1st June 2018 at the latest.  Interviews will take place afterwards. 

Your up-to-date CV;

A one A4 page personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e.: your skills and experience);

A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript (s);

Names and contact details for two academic referees;

Evidence of English language capability to IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections), if applicable. 

Informal enquires can be emailed to Dr Shouxun Ji, shouxun.ji@brunel.ac.uk.

Closing date: 12pm on Friday 1st June 2018 


Constellium Research Fellowship in Direct Chill Casting of Aluminium Alloys

Salary (R1): £34,714 - £40,999 pa incl. London Weighting 

Vacancy Ref: HPA0070-1

Applications from suitably qualified and well motivated individuals are invited for the position of Constellium Research Fellowship in direct chill casting of aluminium alloy in BCAST at Brunel University London. The position is for 3 years and the starting salary will be between £34,714 and £40,999 including London Allowance, depending on qualifications, experience and research track record.

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 also the home for the Advanced Metal Casting Centre (AMCC) fully equipped with the state-of-the-art scale-up facilities, which bridge the gap between fundamental research and full-scale industrial manufacturing. See http://www.brunel.ac.uk/bcast/ for more information.

The successful candidate will work on the development of novel DC casting processes and advanced aluminium alloys for automotive applications. The research will include: (1) development of novel DC casting technology for the production of high quality DC cast billets; (2) understanding of microstructural evolution during the novel DC casting process; (3) development of advanced wrought aluminium alloys for automotive applications to take full advantage of the novel DC casting process. He/she is also expected to interact with other researchers in BCAST and research engineers from industry.

The successful candidate should have a PhD degree in materials science and engineering, physics or another suitable engineering discipline, and should have a sound background in physical metallurgy. Research 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 essential. In addition, he/she should have good communication and presentation skills and be a team player.

Closing date for applications: 25th February 2018

For further details and to apply please visit https://careers.brunel.ac.uk


Constellium Research Fellowship in High Performance 6xxx Extrusion Alloys For Automotive Applications (two positions available)

Salary (R1): £34,714 - £40,999 pa incl. London Weighting

 Vacancy Ref: FAA0052-2

Applications from suitably qualified and well motivated individuals are invited for one of two positions as a Constellium Research Fellow in high performance 6xxx extrusion alloys for automotive applications in the Advanced Metal Casting Centre (AMCC), part of BCAST at Brunel University London. The positions are for 3 years and the starting salary will be between £34,714 and £40,999 including London Allowance, depending on qualifications, experience and research track record.

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 also the home for the Advanced Metal Casting Centre (AMCC) fully equipped with the state-of-the-art scale-up facilities, which bridge the gap between fundamental research and full-scale industrial manufacturing. See http://www.brunel.ac.uk/bcast/ for more information.

The successful candidates will work on the development of high performance 6xxx extrusion alloys for automotive applications. The research will include: (1) development of ultra-high strength 6xxx aluminium alloys for structural automotive applications, (2) development of high strength 6xxx aluminium crush alloys for structural automotive applications, 3) understanding of the microstructural evolution during the complete production cycle in order to optimise the performance characteristics of the alloys, 4) participation in the downstream forming and joining processes for component manufacture. He/she is also expected to interact with other researchers in BCAST/AMCC and research engineers from industry.

The successful candidates should have a PhD degree in materials science and engineering, physics or another suitable engineering discipline, and should have a sound background in physical metallurgy. Research experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, extrusion of aluminium alloys, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials are essential. In addition, he/she should have good communication and presentation skills and be a team player.

Closing date for applications:  25th February 2018

For further details and to apply please visit https://careers.brunel.ac.uk


Four full time PhD studentships at BCAST

Applications are invited for four full time PhD studentships at BCAST, Brunel University London beginning 1st February 2018 or later, to be agreed at interview. 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 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. 

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,553 plus payment of their full time home/EU tuition fees for a period of 48 months. Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship. The successful applicants will be supported by a number of research fellows working in these project areas:

1. Formation of Intermetallics during Solidification of Aluminium Alloys (one position).  You will study the formation of intermetallics in aluminium alloys as a function of processing conditions and alloy chemistry. The project aims to understand the nucleation of intermetallics during solidification of aluminium alloys and to develop practical approaches to refine such intermetallics. This project involves alloy preparation, solidification processing under various conditions and materials characterisation at different length scales.

2. Heterogeneous Nucleation during Solidification of Light Metals (two positions).  You will work on experimental investigation of heterogeneous nucleation of primary phases in light metals, such as aluminium and magnesium alloys produced by advanced casting technologies. These projects aim to advance our understanding of heterogeneous nucleation of primary phases during solidification of light metals and to exploit the heterogeneous nucleation concept in the microstructural refinement and defect control. These projects involve alloy preparation, solidification processing under various conditions and materials characterisation at different length scales.

3. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Aluminium Alloys Processed by Vacuum Assisted High Pressure Die Casting (one position). You will study the microstructure and mechanical properties of novel aluminium alloys processed by vacuum assisted high pressure die casting. The relationship between the process, microstructure and the mechanical properties will be set up through this study by experimental research or by theoretical understanding. The effect of casting defects on the mechanical properties will be also addressed through computer tomography and/or other necessary techniques.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491

Eligibility

Successful candidates are required to have a first degree at or equivalent to 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s 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. 

How to Apply

If you wish to apply, please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk

Your up-to-date CV;

Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;

Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);

Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;

Names and contact details for two academic referees;

Please state clearly which project you are applying for.