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PhD Studentship in Plasticity of Alloys for Additive Layer Manufacturing
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Published: 13 days ago
Application deadline: Jan 15
Location: Lancaster , United Kingdom
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PhD Studentship in Plasticity of Alloys for Additive Layer Manufacturing

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

A full PhD studentship is offered to UK and EU citizens on modelling plasticity of alloys 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. As this is an emerging topic, the studentship will offer significant academic freedom to the awardee, with strong support and mentorship from senior academics. The work will be performed in collaboration with Oxford, Imperial College, Cambridge, Kings College London and Sheffield universities. You will collaborate with colleagues at Lancaster University and our industrial and academic partners, and will be actively involved in meetings, workshops and conferences.

Project synopsis:  A novel theory for plastic deformation has been developed by Prof Rivera and his group. The theory has been able to predict, within a unified framework, the combined effects of microstructure, composition, temperature and strain rate. The new approach borrows concepts of statistical mechanics, combining them with dislocation theory to describe plasticity. The work is now to be extended to incorporate the effects of irradiation by describing dislocation/(H,He) interactions, as well as dislocation/vacancy complexes interactions. The aim is to apply this theory design novel alloys for additive layer manufacturing, offering significant academic freedom, support and mentorship to the student.

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 and metallurgy is required.
  • Computer programming skills are essential for the post. 
  • You must have excellent 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 to Eoin McGregor ( UK and Ireland Account Manager for Academic Positions.
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