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Dissimilar materials welding for electrical vehicle battery manufacturing

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Start date: May 2020

Wanted - exceptional doctoral candidates to undertake trailblazing, transformative research alongside outstanding early-career researchers.

This doctoral (PhD) project has been devised and developed by a leading early-career researcher at Coventry University. The Trailblazer Scheme provides doctoral researchers with an innovative and dynamic intellectual space in which to undertake transformative research, whilst fully supported by a team of experienced supervisors.

Coventry University is inviting applications for this fully-funded PhD studentship, from suitably-qualified graduates in materials science, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, manufacturing or other related fields. Current research focus of our group is on developing joining technologies for electrical vehicle battery manufacturing with special emphasis on laser welding.

Details of the PhD project:

The focus of PhD student will be to develop and test the laser welding process to join low thickness dissimilar materials for electrical vehicle battery applications. The successful candidate will use cutting-edge laser welding, and characterisation instrumentation to help solve the joining issues holding back the development of innovative electrical vehicle batteries. You will be part of a vibrant research group, working closely with metallurgical, electrical and mechanical engineers on an innovative project to develop and apply laser-welding capabilities for manufacturing next generation electrical vehicle battery systems. You will have opportunities for national and international travel and collaborate with other research organisations and industrial partners. Therefor you will have excellent communication skills to collaborate effectively with other researchers.


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
All researchers at Coventry University are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Candidate specification:

• A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average PLUS the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

For further details see:

How to apply:

To find out more about the project please contact Dr. Naveed Iqbal ()

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

Funding Notes

Full studentship which includes tuition fees and living expenses for a doctoral candidate over 3.5 years.

Stipend rates set by UKRI with an annual projected average increase of 1.25% per year.

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