Exit Menu

Below you can find the current vacancies and studentships available in BCAST.


Research Fellow in Lightweight Materials and Structure

Salary: will be between £32,548 and £38,833 plus 2,166 per annum London Allowance, depending on qualifications, experience and research track record.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research fellowship in lightweight materials and structures in BCAST at Brunel University London. The position is for 2 years. and 

BCAST is a speciality research centre 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. See www.brunel.ac.uk/bcast for more information. The AMCC and AMPC are new state-of-the-art scale-up facilities that bridge the gap between fundamental research and full-scale industrial production/manufacturing. These facilities are aimed at meeting the short, medium, and long term needs of the automotive industry, whilst providing a rapid prototyping capability for OEM pre-development stages.

The successful candidate will work on the development of aluminium hybrid structures for automotive applications. The research will include: (1) development of novel casting technologies for the integration of extruded sections with cast components to transpose new concepts engineered by project consortium; (2) evaluation of the casting and hybrid structure performance and (3) supporting the prototyping activities to deliver preforms for assembly of new state of the art of new products. He/she is also expected to work collaboratively with other members of the research group, including mutual assistance with experimental activities, and with external partners of BCAST. Therefore, he/she should have good communication and presentation skills and be a team player.

The successful candidate should have a PhD degree in Metallurgy, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or a related field of science or engineering discipline, and should have a sound background in physical metallurgy. Research experience in processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials are essential. It is ideal for the candidate to use microstructural characterization techniques and property management skills to develop advanced aluminium alloys and manufacturing processes for automotive applications. It is required for the candidate to carry out prototyping trials with full size HPDC casting equipment, and to prepare high quality research papers for publication in refereed scientific journals and conference proceedings and to deliver project progress reports and presentations in project meeting. In addition, the candidate should have good communication and presentation skills and be a team player.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr. Shouxun Ji (shouxun.ji@brunel.ac.uk).

Closing date for applications: Thursday 30th August 2018

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


Liquid Metal Engineering/Institute of Materials and Manufacturing Research Fellow                            

Salary (Grade R1): starting from £32,548 pa plus £2,166 pa London Weighting, depending on qualifications, experience and research track record.

Applications from highly qualified and strongly motivated individuals are invited for a position of Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the project Development of sustainable, eco-friendly, and industrially scalable ultrasound assisted liquid phase exfoliation processing technologies for manufacturing two-dimensional advanced functional materials (EcoUltra2D) in Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) at Brunel University London, U.K. The position, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), is for 3 years with the salary depending on qualifications, experience and research track record of the candidate.

The project will include the fundamental and applied studies on the mechanisms of ultrasonic exfoliation to produce graphene and other 2D materials, the optimisation of process parameters; and is aimed at the development of eco-friendly and scalable technology with minimising the use of harmful and aggressive reagents. Experiments with advanced characterization of cavitation parameters, most advanced in-situ and ex-situ analysis of exfoliated materials accompanied by modelling, and further testing their functional properties are in the focus of the project, and will be performed in collaboration with University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and University of Hull. The project is supported by a number of industrial partners.

The successful candidate will join a collaborative team working on applications of ultrasonic processing to a variety of materials. He/She will be specifically responsible for the choice, evaluation and optimisation of ultrasonic processing parameters; advanced characterisation of exfoliated 2D materials, as well as participate in in-situ studies of the exfoliation mechanisms under cavitation. This is a team project so the successful candidate will collaborate with researchers in participating institutions and interact with other researchers and engineers in BCAST.

The successful candidate should have a PhD degree or equivalent in materials science, physics, chemistry or another related scientific or engineering discipline, and should have a strong background in experimental research. Expertise in ultrasonic phenomena, processing of 2D materials, and advanced materials characterisation (SEM, TEM, AFM, synchrotron imaging, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometry, image analysis) is an important selection criterion. In addition, good communication skills, proficiency in written and spoken English (IELTS test certificate is required for nonEU candidates) as well as publication track record are required.

BCAST is a speciality research centre focusing on advanced liquid metal processing research with an international reputation in ultrasonic processing. BCAST prides itself on its innovation and creativity. Our activities cover fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications.  

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Dmitry Eskin in BCAST (dmitry.eskin@brunel.ac.uk).

Closing date for applications: 25th August 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.


PhD Studentship - Effect of partial pressure of hydrogen on high temperature vacuum brazing

The ability to introduce a partial pressure of hydrogen into a vacuum furnace during processing has offered the possibility to alter the brazing atmosphere. This could have several advantages, notably surface conditioning, reduction of and prevention of re-forming of oxides on parent metal surfaces and improving the flow characteristics of the braze filler alloy which could result in improvements to process cycle time and the ability to create a high integrity braze joint.

This studentship will investigate the effect of the use of hydrogen in the brazing process for stainless steel and nickel based alloys with silver- and nickel-based braze filler fillers. A range of different base materials will be used, including materials produced by additive manufacturing. A key part of the work will be to understand the effect on both the brazed microstructure and the parent material.

The objectives of this PhD project are as follows:

-       To study the effect of a hydrogen partial pressure on the wetting of selected braze filler metals to different base metals.

-       To study the effect of a hydrogen partial pressure on the brazing of selected joint configurations.

-       To undertake mechanical testing of brazed joints to investigate effect of process conditions on mechanical properties and correlate this to joint microstructure.

Industrial Sponsor

TWI is a world leading research and technology organisation. Over 800 staff give impartial technical support in welding, joining, materials science, structural integrity, NDT, surfacing and packaging. Services include generic research, confidential R&D, technical information, technology transfer, training and qualification.

About NSIRC

NSIRC is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI, working closely with lead academic partner Brunel University, top UK and International Universities and a number of leading industrial partners. NSIRC aims to deliver cutting edge research and highly qualified personnel to its key industrial partners.

About Brunel University

Brunel University London is a leading multidisciplinary research-intensive technology university delivering economic, social and cultural benefit. It has established strategic partnerships with industry. Phd students are admitted to an environment which provides support for doing and learning about research and where excellent research is occurring. Graduate school provides professional, personal and research skills workshop.

Funding Notes

This project is funded by TWI and academic partners. The studentship will provide successful Home/EU students with a minimum stipend of £16k/year and will cover the cost of tuition fees. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, with total funding capped at £24k/year.

Applications

Applications are open throughout the year and Candidates should have a relevant degree at 2.1 minimum, or an equivalent overseas degree. Candidates with suitable work experience and strong experimental skills are particularly welcome to apply. Overseas applicants should also submit IELTS results (minimum 6.5) if applicable.

To apply contact Professor Hari Babu Nadendla by email: Hari-babu.nadendla@brunel.ac.uk or NSIRC by email: enquiries@nsirc.co.uk