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Research Fellow in Aluminium Alloy Development

Salary (Grade R1): £32,548 - £38,833 per annum plus £2,166 per annum London Weighting

Applications from suitably qualified and well motivated individuals are invited for Research Fellowship in aluminium alloy development in BCAST at Brunel University London. The position is for 12 months.

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 EPSRC Future LiME Research Hub). BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. See www.brunel.ac.uk/bcast for more information. As part of BCAST, the AMCC (Advanced Metal Casting Centre) is a new state of the art scale up facility established for the purposes of applied research and houses industrial-scale research facilities and is aimed at meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the automotive industry.

The successful candidates will work on the development of cast aluminium alloys for automotive applications in association with a automotive OEM. This will include optimising alloy composition against specified performance targets, selecting suitable casting processes and demonstration of selected components for automotive applications. He/she is also expected to interact with other researchers in BCAST and research engineers from industry.

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, 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 skills and be a team player.

Closing date for applications:  Monday 2nd July 2018

To apply: Click here.


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.