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DTA - Coating Design for Future Jet Engines

   Department of Materials

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  Dr Y Chen  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

We are looking for a PhD candidate to join the Department of Materials and Henry Royce Institute at the University of Manchester to develop protective coatings for future jet engines. The aim of this PhD project is to develop novel refractory coatings for mitigating the degradation of critical engine components that will operate at unprecedentedly high temperatures in extremely demanding environments. A combination of experiment and modelling approaches will be used for the project. You will use a variety of different cutting-edge research facilities in Manchester to make, test and characterise the coatings. The experimental studies will be complemented by computational modelling to develop mechanistic understanding of the structure-property relationships for the coatings and provide scientific guidance for optimising coating design. The project will involve close interactions with world leading industry partners in materials and coatings for aerospace. The research is expected to provide material solutions for future jet engines and contribute to the realisation of Net Zero.

At the University of Manchester, we pride ourselves on our commitment to fairness, inclusion and respect in everything we do. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and identities, and encourage you to bring your whole self to work and study. We will ensure that your application is given full consideration without regard to your race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, age, marital or pregnancy status, or socioeconomic background. All PhD places will be awarded on the basis of merit.

Academic background of candidates

Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2.1 honours degree in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or related disciplines.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester, and is at the heart of all of our activities. We know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact. We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status.

 We also support applications from those returning from a career break or other roles. We consider offering flexible study arrangements (including part-time: 50%, 60% or 80%, depending on the project/funder). 

To apply please follow the link below:

Funding Notes

This is a 3.5 year EPSRC DTA studentship. Funding will cover UK tuition fee and stipend only. The University of Manchester aims to support the most outstanding applicants from outside the UK. We are able to offer a limited number of scholarships that will enable full studentships to be awarded to international applicants. These full studentships will only be awarded to exceptional quality candidates, due to the competitive nature of this scheme.
Start date: September 2022
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