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

Research Fellow in Upscaling Environment-friendly Cavitation Melt Treatment (UltraMelt2)                                

Vacancy Ref:  HBE0020                                                            

Salary (Grade R1): starting from £32,548 pa plus £2,166 pa London Weighting

Applications from highly qualified strongly motivated individuals are invited for a position of Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the project “Upscaling Environment-friendly Cavitation Melt Treatment (UltraMelt2)” 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 involve the fundamental and applied studies on the mechanisms of ultrasonic melt processing, development and validation of computer process simulation; and is aimed at the scaling-up of ultrasonic processing to industrial applications in collaboration with industrial partners. Experiments with advanced characterization of cavitation and the related metallurgical and physical effects are in the focus of the project and will be performed in collaboration with a mirror project in Oxford Brookes University. The project is linked to a mirror project on modelling and computer simulation of ultrasonic processing run at University of Greenwich, UK.

The successful candidate will join a collaborative team working on application of ultrasonic melt processing to Al Mg alloys. He/She will be specifically responsible for advanced studies of cavitation mechanisms in liquid metals; validation of computer modelling, and pilot-scale technology development and trials. 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 and engineering, physics, chemistry or another related scientific or engineering discipline, and should have a strong background in experimental research. Expertise in ultrasonic phenomena, metal processing, and advanced materials characterisation is an important selection criterion. In addition, good communication skills and proficiency in written and spoken English are required.

BCAST is a speciality research centre focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation. BCAST prides itself on its innovation and creativity. Our activities cover fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and solidification processing.  

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

Closing date for applications: 30 December, 2017

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


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.