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Materials Modelling and Process Simulation in Casting of Light Metals

Applications are invited for ONE full time PhD studentship for this project with Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), to be agreed at interview. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £17,002 plus payment of their full time home/EU tuition fees for a period of 48 months.  

You will work on theoretical modelling of microstructural evolution in DC casting and computer simulation of casting process. Thisse projects will be pursued using a combination of analytical and numerical models to simulate solidification and casting processes in order to predict as-solidified microstructure and casting defects formation.

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


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 an advantage. 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, you should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills. 

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. 

How to apply

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

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; 

All eligible applicants will be interviewed, time and date to be confirmed.