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Below you can find the current vacancies available in BCAST.


Research Fellowship in Monte Carlo Simulation of Interfacial Adsorption

Full-time, fixed-term for 3 years

Vacancy Ref: HBE0009-1

Salary (Grade R1): £34,170 to £40,349 pa incl. London Weighting

Applications from suitably qualified and well-motivated individuals are invited for the position of research fellow in Monte Carlo simulation of interfacial adsorption in BCAST at Brunel University London.

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). BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. BCAST is also the home for the Advanced Metal Casting Centre (AMCC) fully equipped with a new state of the art scale up facility that bridges the gap between fundamental research and full scale industrialisation. See http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk  for more information.

The Research Fellow will join a team working on understanding of heterogeneous nucleation at atomic scale. The successful candidate will be specifically responsible for understanding of elemental adsorption at liquid/substrate interface and its effects on the mechanisms of heterogeneous nucleation through Monte Carlo simulation. He/she is also expected to interact with other researchers in BCAST working on heterogeneous nucleation using DFT and MD approaches.

The successful candidate should have a PhD degree in materials science and engineering, physics or other related engineering disciplines, and should have a sound background in physical metallurgy. Research experience in phase transformation in metallic materials and skills in Monte Carlo simulation are essential. In addition, he/she should have good communication skills and be a team player.

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Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof. Z. Fan at zhongyun.fan@brunel.ac.uk

Closing date for applications:  Sunday 30 April 2017


Research Fellowship in Simulation of Metal Casting

Full-time, fixed-term for 3 years

Vacancy Ref: HBE0010-1

Salary (Grade R1): £34,170 to £40,349 pa incl. London Weighting

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) of the BCAST Department at Brunel University London.

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://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information.

We seek outstanding candidates for Postdoctoral Research in Solidification Process Modelling, with a focus on the simulation of shape casting processes. The successful candidate will work on the development and numerical implementation of mathematical models to simulate fluid flow and solidification during shape casting of metallic alloys, e.g. in high-pressure die casting.

The candidate is expected to have a strong background in mathematical modelling, particularly in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and casting simulation. Experience with commercial software packages for metal casting simulation is essential. Experience in computer programming and engineering software is highly desired. The candidate is also expected to be willing to interact with team members, contribute to their future and ongoing projects, and to offer support and assistance with the services of high performance computing at the VEC.

The successful candidates should have a PhD in metallurgy, mechanical engineering or a related field of science or engineering, and should have a sound background in physical metallurgy. The ability to work in a team and having good communication skills are essential.

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Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof. H. Assadi at hamid.assadi@brunel.ac.uk

Closing date for applications:  Sunday 30 April 2017


Research Fellowship in Grain Refinement of Light Metals

Full-time, fixed-term for 3 years

Vacancy Ref: HBE0008-1

Salary (Grade R1): £34,170 to £40,349 pa incl. London Weighting 

Applications from suitably qualified and well-motivated individuals are invited for the position of Research Fellow in Grain Refinement of Light Metals available in BCAST at Brunel University London.

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). BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. BCAST is also the home for the Advanced Metal Casting Centre (AMCC) fully equipped with a new state of the art scale up facility that bridges the gap between fundamental research and full scale industrialisation. See http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information.

The Research Fellow will join a team working on solidification and casting of metallic materials. The successful candidate will be specifically responsible for understanding of the mechanisms of grain refinement of aluminium and magnesium based alloys using experimental approaches. He/she is also expected to interact with other researchers in BCAST, especially those working on understanding of heterogeneous nucleation.

The successful candidate should have a PhD degree in materials science and engineering, physics or other engineering disciplines, and should have a sound background in physical metallurgy. Research experience in grain refinement and solidification processing of metallic materials and skills in microstructural characterisation of metallic materials using various microscopic techniques are essential. In addition, he/she should have good communication skills and be a team player.

Please click here to apply.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof. Z. Fan at zhongyun.fan@brunel.ac.uk

Closing date for applications:  Sunday 30 April 2017


Ph. D. Studentship in Casting Integrity of High Pressure Die Castings

Applications from highly motivated graduates that have achieved or are expect to achieve a good honours degree in a relevant subject, eg. Materials science, Mechanical engineering, Chemistry, Physics etc. are invited for a Ph. D. studentship in the integrity of high pressure die castings at Brunel University London. The position is supported by EPSRC industrial Case Award Programme with Jaguar Land Rover for at least 3.5 years and is open to UK and international students. Funding covers tuition fees and annual maintenance payments for eligible applicants.

BCAST at Brunel University London is a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation. 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.

The successful candidates will work on the integrity of high pressure die castings, targeting to establish the relationship between tool design, casting integrity and materials performance (especially for fatigue properties) for high pressure die castings. It is also important to understand the underlying mechanisms responsible for the defects, microstructure and mechanical properties of aluminium die castings for automotive applications. He/she is expected to interact with other researchers in BCAST 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.

The successful candidates should desirably have a Masters level qualification or expect to obtain a first class or upper second-class honour in suitable engineering discipline. The experiences or skills in solidification process, metallic materials, microstructural characterisation, and mechanical testing of metallic materials are beneficial for application. In addition, he/she should have good communication skills and be a team player.

How to Apply

Please e-mail your application comprising all of the documents listed below by noon on Friday 21st April 2017 to Shouxun.ji@brunel.ac.uk:

• Your up-to-date CV

• A personal statement detailing why you are interested in undertaking this project

• Evidence of English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), if appropriate

• Names and contacts of three references

Interviews will take place during May 2017 with a proposed start date of September 2017.