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PhD 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 16 June 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

PhD Studentship in advanced microscopy of ultra-high performance Al-alloys for automotive applications

Applications are invited for a full time 3-year EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentship in advanced microscopy of ultra-high performance Al-alloys for automotive applications in BCAST at Brunel University London and in collaboration with Constellium. Applicants who are non-native speakers must possess an English language qualification acceptable by the university.

BCAST is a speciality research centre focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and hosts the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the EPSRC Future LiME Hub). BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. We cover 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 work will take place in BCAST’s Advanced Metals Casting Centre (AMCC) and Advanced Metals Processing Centre (AMPC), which are new scale-up facilities that bridge the gap between fundamental research and full scale industrialisation and are aimed at meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the automotive industry. The project will be part of the activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) established with BCAST.

The successful candidate will join a team working on the development of ultra-high performance 6xxx aluminium alloys for automotive applications. He/she will focus on the understanding of the interactions between precipitates and dislocations using advanced electronic microscopy techniques. A strong background in physical metallurgy is essential, and experience in microstructural characterisation is desirable.

Eligibility
Applicants are required to have an upper second or first class undergraduate honours degree (or a recognised equivalent from an overseas university) in metallurgy/materials science or another related engineering or physical science. A Masters level qualification is desirable. In addition, the successful candidate should be highly motivated, able to work within a team and have good communication skills.

Informal enquiries and applications should be directed to Dr. C. Mendis:
Email: chamini.mendis@brunel.ac.uk / Tel: +44-1895-268502

If you wish to apply, please email the following by 16 June 2017:

  • An up to date CV;
  • A single page (A4), single spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Names and contact details of 3 referees;
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript;
  • Copy of your English Language qualification, if appropriate.

PhD Studentship in modelling and simulation of manufacturing induced performance enhancement

Applications are invited for a full time 3-year EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentship in modelling and simulation of manufacturing induced performance enhancement in BCAST at Brunel University London and in collaboration with Constellium. Applicants who are non-native speakers must possess an English language qualification acceptable by the university.

BCAST is a speciality research centre focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and hosts the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the EPSRC Future LiME Hub). BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. We cover 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 work will take place in BCAST’s Advanced Metals Casting Centre (AMCC) and Advanced Metals Processing Centre (AMPC), which are new scale-up facilities that bridge the gap between fundamental research and full scale industrialisation and are aimed at meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the automotive industry. The project will be part of the activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) established with BCAST.

The successful candidate will join a team working on the development of ultra-high performance 6xxx aluminium alloys for automotive applications. He/she will focus on the understanding of manufacturing induced mechanical properties through computer modelling and simulation of both materials and processes. A strong background in physical metallurgy is essential, and experience in in computer modelling and simulation of materials and/or processes is desirable.

Eligibility
Applicants are required to have an upper second or first class undergraduate honours degree (or a recognised equivalent from an overseas university) in metallurgy/materials science or another related engineering or physical science. A Masters level qualification is desirable. In addition, the successful candidate should be highly motivated, able to work within a team and have good communication skills.

Informal enquiries and applications should be directed to Professor. A. Jacot:
Email: alain.jacot@brunel.ac.uk / Tel: +44-1895-265358

If you wish to apply, please email the following by 16 June 2017:

  • An up to date CV;
  • A single page (A4), single spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Names and contact details of 3 referees;
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript;
  • Copy of your English Language qualification, if appropriate.

PhD Studentship in microstructural control during Melt Conditioned DC (MC-DC) casting process

Applications are invited for a full time 3-year EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentship in microstructural control during melt conditioned direct chill (MC-DC) casting process in BCAST at Brunel University London and in collaboration with Constellium. Applicants who are non-native speakers must possess an English language qualification acceptable by the university.

BCAST is a speciality research centre focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and hosts the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the EPSRC Future LiME Hub). BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. We cover 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 work will take place in BCAST’s Advanced Metals Casting Centre (AMCC) and Advanced Metals Processing Centre (AMPC), which are new scale-up facilities that bridge the gap between fundamental research and full scale industrialisation and are aimed at meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the automotive industry. The project will be part of the activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) established with BCAST.

The successful candidate will join a team working on the development of ultra-high performance 6xxx aluminium alloys for automotive applications. He/she will focus on the understanding of the formation mechanisms and developing effective approaches to control secondary phase particles during the melt conditioned direct chill (MC-DC) casting process developed by BCAST. A strong background in physical metallurgy is essential, and experience in solidification research and/or solidification processing of Al-alloys is desirable.

Eligibility
Applicants are required to have an upper second or first class undergraduate honours degree (or a recognised equivalent from an overseas university) in metallurgy/materials science or another related engineering or physical science. A Masters level qualification is desirable. In addition, the successful candidate should be highly motivated, able to work within a team and have good communication skills.

Informal enquiries and applications should be directed to Professor. Z.Fan: 
Email: zhongyun.fan@brunel.ac.uk / Tel: +44-1895-266406

If you wish to apply, please email the following by 16 June 2017:

  • An up to date CV;
  • A single page (A4), single spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Names and contact details of 3 referees;
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript;
  • Copy of your English Language qualification, if appropriate.

PhD Studentship in novel processing of 6xxx alloys for automotive applications

Applications are invited for a full time 3-year EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentship in novel processing of 6xxx aluminium alloys for automotive applications in BCAST at Brunel University London and in collaboration with Constellium. Applicants who are non-native speakers must possess an English language qualification acceptable by the university.

BCAST is a speciality research centre focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and hosts the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the EPSRC Future LiME Hub). BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. We cover 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 work will take place in BCAST’s Advanced Metals Casting Centre (AMCC) and Advanced Metals Processing Centre (AMPC), which are new scale-up facilities that bridge the gap between fundamental research and full scale industrialisation and are aimed at meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the automotive industry. The project will be part of the activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) established with BCAST.

The successful candidate will join a team working on the development of ultra-high performance 6xxx aluminium alloys for automotive applications. He/she will focus on the understanding of the interactions between heat treatment and deformation processing aiming to achieve significant improvement of mechanical performance. A strong background in physical metallurgy is essential, and experience in heat treatment and deformation processing of light alloys is desirable.

Eligibility
Applicants are required to have an upper second or first class undergraduate honours degree (or a recognised equivalent from an overseas university) in metallurgy/materials science or another related engineering or physical science. A Masters level qualification is desirable. In addition, the successful candidate should be highly motivated, able to work within a team and have good communication skills.

Informal enquiries and applications should be directed to Professor. I.Chang:
Email: isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk / Tel: +44-1895-268491

If you wish to apply, please email the following by 16 June 2017:

  • An up to date CV;
  • A single page (A4), single spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Names and contact details of 3 referees;
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript;
  • Copy of your English Language qualification, if appropriate.

PhD Studentship in Simulation and modelling of casting

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship in simulation and modelling of casting in Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) at Brunel University London. The studentship is opened to UK and EU candidates. The PhD studentship is for a period of four (4) years effective 1 October 2017.  The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £16,553 plus payment of their full time Home/EU tuition fees.

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 well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation.

The successful candidate will work on the computer modelling and simulation of shape casting processes. The candidate is expected to have a strong background and interest in mathematical modelling and computer simulation. Experience in finite element (FE) method and computation fluid dynamic (CFD) modelling would be an advantage. It is also expected that the student is willing to interact with other researchers in BCAST, for experimental verification of the models.

Eligibility
Applicants must have a good undergraduate degree (first or upper second) in metallurgy, materials science, chemical engineering or a related field of science or engineering. A Master’s degree qualification is desirable but not essential. In addition, he/she should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof. A. Jacot (email: alain.jacot@brunel.ac.uk / Tel: +44-1895-265358)

How to apply
Please e-mail your application comprising of all the documents listed below to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by Noon on Monday 26 June 2017

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A single-page (A4), single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Names and contact details of three referees;
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of English language capability to IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections), if applicable.

 Interviews will take place during July/August with a start date of 1 October 2017.


PhD Studentships in Atomic Level Simulation of Nucleation Behaviour During Solidification

Applicants are invited for two fully-funded PhD studentships in atomic level simulation in Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) at Brunel University London. The studentships are opened to UK and EU candidates. The PhD studentship is for a period of four (4) years effective 1 October 2017. The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £16,553 plus payment of their full time Home/EU tuition fees.

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 well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. 

The successful candidates will work on theoretical modelling of nucleation process in solidification using atomistic molecular dynamics simulations techniques, which include first-principles density functional theory (FP-DFT) and atomistic simulation methods. The research project also includes the study of intermetallic phase formation in Al alloys. He/she is expected to interact with other experimental researchers in BCAST and research engineers from industry.

Eligibility
Applicants must have a good undergraduate degree (first or upper second)  in suitable Physical Sciences, e.g. Mathematical Physics, Physics, Materials Sciences, Metallurgy, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. Experience in Unix/Linux operation systems, data-processing and programming is an advantage. Overall, the applicants should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication and presentation skills.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr. C M Fang (changming.fang@brunel.ac.uk / Tel: +44-1895-267688) or
Prof. Z Fan (zhongyun.fan@brunel.ac.uk / Tel: +44-1895-266406).

How to apply
Please email your application comprising of all the documents listed below to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by Noon on Monday 26 June 2016.

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • single-page (A4), single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Names and contact details for three referees;
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of English language capability to IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections), if applicable.

Interviews will take place during July/August with a start date of 1 October 2017.


PhD Studentship in Formation of Iron-Containing Intermetallics in Aluminium Alloys

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship in experimental investigation of the formation of iron-containing intermetallics in recycled aluminium alloys in Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) at Brunel University London. The studentship is open to both UK and EU candidates. The PhD studentship is for a period of four (4) years effective 1 October 2017. The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £16,553 plus payment of their full time Home/EU tuition fees.

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 well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. 

The successful applicant will work on experimental investigation of the formation of iron-containing intermetallics in recycled aluminium alloys. The project aims to understand heterogeneous nucleation Fe-containing intermetallics during solidification of recycled Al alloys and to develop practical approaches to refine such intermetallics. This project involves alloy preparation, solidification processing under various condition and materials characterisation at different length scales. The PhD student will be supported by a number of research fellows working in the related areas.

Eligibility
Applicants must have a good undergraduate degree (first or upper second) in 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.

Informal enquiries should be direct to Prof. Z Fan (email: zhongyun.fan@brunel.ac.uk).

How to apply
Please e-mail your application comprising of all the documents listed below to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by Noon on Monday 26 June 2017

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • A single-page (A4), single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Names and contact details of three referees;
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of English language capability to IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections), if applicable.

Interviews will take place during July/August with a start date of 1 October 2017. 


PhD Studentship in Microstructure Modelling

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship in solidification modelling in Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) at Brunel University London. The studentship is opened to UK and EU candidates. The PhD studentship is for a period of four (4) years effective 1 October 2017.  The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £16,553 plus payment of their full time Home/EU tuition fees.

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 well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. 

The successful candidate will work on the development and numerical implementation of mathematical models to simulate microstructure evolution in continuous and DC casting manufacturing processes. The aim is to understand and provide a basis for quantitative prediction of grain structure and phase selection in casting of aluminium and magnesium alloys. The project will be pursued by using a combination of analytical and numerical models, aimed at the simulation of solidification at mesoscopic and macroscopic length scales.

The candidate is expected to have a strong background and interest in mathematical modelling and computer simulation. Experience in finite element method, thermodynamic modelling and the phase-field method would be an advantage. It is also expected that the student is willing to acquire some practical skills, and interact with other researchers in BCAST, for experimental verification of the models.

Eligibility
Applicants must have a good undergraduate degree (first or upper second) in metallurgy, materials science or a related field of science or engineering. A Master's degree qualification is desirable but not essential. The ability to work in a team and having good communication skills are essential. 

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof. H Assadi (hamid.assadi@brunel.ac.uk / Tel: +44 -1895 - 268478)

How to apply
Please email your application comprising of all the documents listed below to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by Noon on Monday 26 June 2017

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A single-page (A4), single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Names and contact details of three referees;
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript (s).
  • Evidence of English language capability to IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections), if applicable. 

Interviews will take place during July/August with a start date of 1 October 2017.