Applications are invited from graduates with a first class, or upper second-class degree in an appropriate discipline such as, materials science and engineering, physics or mechanical engineering for a PhD project on the discovery, 3D printing, and characterisation of smart magnetic structures.
Magnetic shape memory (Heusler) alloys (MSMAs) undergo a phase transformation when exposed to magnetic fields, making them a candidate material for several potential applications in a defence context, including responsive structural and magnetic shields, electromagnetic sensors, energy harvesting systems, for magnetic cooling, or actuators. In this project, selective laser melting (SLM) of MSMAs will be used to fabricate complex structures. The project will use design tools, in addition to advanced materials characterisation techniques including quantitative electron microscopy, magnetic properties characterisation, and X-ray micro-tomography.
This PhD project is sponsored by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) through an industrial case award provided by EPSRC. Due to the funding restrictions, only UK citizens are eligible to apply.
Research PhD Student Requirements: PhD students (UK or French nationals only) will be expected to spend time at both the UK and French institutes over the course of the PhD. Given this, applicants should have, or demonstrate a plan to develop, strong English and French language skills.
Further expectations are:
Each student is expected to spend a minimum of six (6) months at the French institute;
All new students are expected to attend an ‘Induction to Defence’ day in France (currently planned for January each year);
Participate in the 2-day Anglo-French PhD Conference (which alternates between UK and France in June/July each year, for information the 2020 conference will be held in France);
Attend 2-day workshop in Dstl each year (organised in winter or spring);
The student will be based in the advanced materials and processing laboratory, University of Birmingham. The student is expected to spend 6 months at the Université de Technologie Belfort-Montbéliard in France. http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/AMPLab http://www.amplab-bham.com