A partnership between Dyson, National Physical Laboratory and the University of Manchester is offering a materials focused PhD studentship funded by EPSRC and Dyson Ltd.
The project aims to develop a suite of novel methods to study the nanostructural characteristics of metal-ceramic interfaces.
The student will gain a fundamental understanding governing the relationship between mechanical properties and microstructure of materials with the use of state-of-the-art characterisation and advanced nano-mechanical and microscopy techniques. More generally, the student will gain a deep insight into developing test methods for the challenges faced in industry.
This project benefits from access of facilities, training, expertise and supervision of all three parties involved. Prof. Ping Xiao is the head of a large ceramic coating research group in the Department of Materials at Manchester University. NPL is the UK’s national metrology institute, with world class measurement capability and expertise. Dyson is an innovative technology company, which pushes boundaries in many areas of research. The student will be part of Dyson Research team and experience early stage technology development. The student will be based at University of Manchester and use facilities at NPL and Dyson.
Applicants must be EU nationals or have permanent leave to remain in the UK and should hold or expect to obtain a first or upper-second class honours degree or equivalent in Materials engineering. A Master’s degree in one of the above fields would be advantageous.