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Formation, stability and crystal chemistry of intermetallic compounds and multicomponent precipitates under different casting conditions.

We are recruiting new Doctoral Researchers to our EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships starting 1 October 2023. Applications are invited for the project Formation, stability and crystal chemistry of intermetallic compounds and multicomponent precipitates under different casting conditions.

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of approximately £19,668, including inner London weighting, plus payment of their full-time home tuition fees for a period of 42 months (3.5 years).

You should be eligible for home (UK) tuition fees there are a very limited number (no more than three) of studentships available to overseas applicants, including EU nationals, who meet the academic entry criteria including English Language proficiency.

You will join the internationally recognised researchers in Brunel Centre for Advanced  Solidification Technology (BCAST)

The Project

This project will focus on intermetallic compounds (IMCs) and multicomponent precipitates (MCPs) are formed in light-metal alloys during liquid-handling and casting processes or thermal treatments. Knowledge about the IMCs and MCPs is crucial in developments of new alloys of desirable mechanical performances and chemical properties. The present project is to provide accurate and reliable knowledge on the Fe-IMCs and MCPs in under the conditions of casting and treatments using ab initio approaches.

Please contact Dr Changming Fang at for an informal discussion about the studentships.


Applicants will have or be expected to receive a first or upper-second class honours degree in an Engineering, Computer Science, Design, Mathematics, Physics or a similar discipline. A Postgraduate Masters degree is not required but may be an advantage.

Skills and Experience

Knowledge of physics/chemistry/materials sciences, particularly quantum-mechanics is required. Applicant should master computer skills and computer languages. Experience in computation physics is preferred.

How to apply

There are two stages of the application:

1.Applicants must submit the pre-application form via the following link

  by 16.00 on Friday 26th May 2023.

2.If you are shortlisted for the interview, you will be asked to email the following documentation in a single PDF file to within 24hrs.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your Undergraduate degree certificate(s) and transcript(s) essential;
  • Your Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s) if applicable;
  • Your valid English Language qualification of IELTS 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in each section) or equivalent, if applicable;
  • Contact details for TWO referees, one of which can be an academic member of staff in the College.

Applicants should therefore ensure that they have all of this information in case they are shortlisted.

Interviews will take place in June 2023.

Meet the Supervisor(s)