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PhD Studentship in Design of Novel Aerospace Alloys
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Published: 28 days ago
Application deadline: Apr 16
Location: Lancaster , United Kingdom
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PhD Studentship in Design of Novel Aerospace Alloys

Department: Engineering
Contract: Temporary
Closing date: April 2018 or as soon as the position is filled       

A full PhD studentship is offered to UK and EU citizens on the broad field of materials engineering for additive layer manufacturing. The project is part of the foundation of the new Royal Academy of Engineering research chair in ‘Alloy and microstructure design for additive layer manufacturing’, held by Professor Pedro Rivera at the Department of Engineering, Lancaster University. Strong support will be offered to the student to develop independent and original research. The work will be performed in collaboration with colleagues at Lancaster University and our industrial and academic partners, and will be actively involved in meetings, workshops and conferences.

Project synopsis:  We aim at the conception of novel alloys for additive layer manufacturing and to make them suitable for industrial applications; these include automotive, aerospace and energy applications. The awardee of the studentship will receive significant support to design the new alloys by controlling their composition and microstructure. We will combine concepts of thermodynamics, kinetics, microstructural design followed by mechanical properties testing.

Qualifications and experience:

  • The minimum academic requirement for admission is an upper second class UK honours degree at the level of MSci, MEng, MPhys, MChem etc, or a lower second with a good Master's, (or overseas equivalents) in a relevant subject.
  • A background in plasticity or metallurgy is required.
  • Computer programming skills. 
  • You must have good interpersonal skills, work effectively in a team and have experience of the preparation of presentations, reports or journal papers to the highest levels of quality.

This post is offered on a 36 months fixed-term appointment.

Full sponsorship (including a monthly salary) is available for EU-citizens. The difference between EU and Overseas university fees is not covered by this studentship. We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

Application procedure:

Send CV and cover letter to Professor Pedro Rivera (, LPW/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair, Department of Engineering, Lancaster University.

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