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Microstructural control during Melt Conditioned DC (MC-DC) casting process

Applications are invited for ONE full-time EPSRC Industrial CASE (iCASE) PhD studentship for the project above at Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), Brunel University London starting from 1st October 2019. BCAST is an internationally-recognised research centre for innovative and leading-edge research in the field of solidification and metal processing of light alloys. It hosts the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (Future LiME Research Hub) and the national scale up facilities in liquid metal engineering (Advanced Metal Casting Centre, AMCC) and light metal processing (Advanced Metal Processing Centre, AMPC). See http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information. The project is sponsored by Constellium, a global leading manufacturer of high-quality technically advanced aluminium products and systems. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of circa £20,000 and payment of their full time home tuition fees for 3 years (36 months). 


The demand for aluminium products has increased 30-fold since 1950 to 45 million tonnes per year, with forecasts predicting this exceptional growth to continue and reach 2-3 times the current demand by 2050. This fast growth is mainly driven by lightweight vehicle construction in the automotive industry for improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emission. 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. The project will be part of the activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) established with BCAST. You will be interacting with researchers in BCAST and Constellium’s industrial research engineers. A strong background in physical metallurgy is essential, and experience in solidification research and/or solidification processing of Al-alloys is desirable.

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


You should have or expect to receive a first degree at 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering and science discipline, e.g. metallurgy, materials science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential.

Applicants must be eligible for home tuition fees through either nationality, residency (living in the UK for at least three years and not wholly for educational purposes) or other connection to the UK. 

How to apply

Please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 31st August 2019:

  • 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.