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Modelling and simulation of the laser ablation process

School of Engineering

About the Project

LASERS are the backbones of present day innovative engineering applications. Ranging from eye surgery to manipulation of coatings and surfaces for biomedical implants and aerospace structures or for the creation of smart materials or nano materials, their application is widespread. The current capability to simulate LASER processes is constrained by the underlying physics and there exist some significant gaps in numerical simulation and real-world applications.

The ultimate aim of this project is to improve the laser simulation capability using numerical modelling. This will be accomplished by developing a simple fundamental model of laser ablation of titanium metal as a testbed study to support the idea that an ablation process can be predicted and that the damage occurring due to local heating can be controlled. An understanding of this will directly contribute to the medical sciences by improving the means of carrying out laser surgery and allow the design to be cost-effective for bio-medical implants which are widely manufactured using titanium alloys.

On this project, the student will have a unique opportunity to gain familiarity with a new scientific simulation tool known as “Molecular Dynamics” simulations and “high performance scientific computing on local and national facilities”. The project will take advantage of the software such as “LAMMPS and LIGGGHTS” Furthermore, the project will be undertaken in partnership between the “School of Engineering at LSBU” as well as the “Orthopaedic Department” of NHS as well as EU based companies like Multitel and Lasea, and will be highly entertaining and rewarding from the future employment perspective.

This unique fully-funded full time PhD studentship supports students from any part of the globe and seeks highly talented candidate in this area. During the research stage, the student will have a chance to work with key players and be part of the research team developing new simulation tool to extend the existing knowledge in this area. The position offers unique opportunity to those who aim to build their career in the direction of analytical modelling skills or who prefer working remotely if they have exceptional professional or personal circumstances.

Supervisory Team:

The successful applicant will be working Dr Saurav Goel who beside LSBU, also works for Cranfield University and University of Cambridge. He manages two Centres of excellence namely, “Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra-Precision Engineering” and “Networkplus in Digitalised Surface Manufacturing”. As part of this project, you will be benefitted by a wide range of training tools. Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Saurav Goel (). As a PhD student, you will join the London Centre of Energy Engineering and work alongside a range of new and experienced PhD students in a collaborative environment.


Applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and should have (or be expected to gain) either a first class or an upper second class Honours degree (or the international equivalent), or an MSc/MRes with distinction. Enthusiastic and self-motivated candidates from all countries with a background in either Engineering, Physics or Mathematics or a related discipline are encouraged to apply. Candidates should be able to demonstrate that they are highly motivated, have excellent communication skills and undertake challenging tasks using their own initiative. They should have willingness to go beyond what’s just stated.

The School of Engineering at London South Bank University is an ambitious and progressive centre of research strength, ranked 25th nationally for research power in the last Research Excellence Framework. We have a fabulous central London location and are looking for talented potential students interested in research to work with our academic faculty in areas of strength. We are offering a number of funded PhD scholarships below. These studentships are available to UK nationals & EU citizen’s and overseas applicants*. Those in possession of their own funding (e.g. via a non-EU government scholarship) are also welcome to apply for a place of study.

Further details on each PhD project as well as application information are provided via this link ( but the PhD scholarship benefits from the following:
• Training in advanced engineering topics
• Mentoring from industry on the application and context of research
• Bespoke technical training
• Enterprise and innovation skills training
• Transferable skills development opportunities to increase employability
• 3-year studentships of ~£15,000 per annum living stipend (tax free)
• Payment of all tuition fees*
• A school supported consumables and travel budget to support additional specialist research training courses, access to specialist equipment and travel to international conferences, seminars and workshops
• Industry sponsored* cutting-edge research projects
• Wide choice of PhD projects ranging from applied to blue-sky research
• State-of-the-art research facilities in the centre of London
• Opportunities for overseas secondments to industrial partners and universities
• Excellent career prospects on completion of the PhD
* for eligible students only

LSBU Research Centres Website:, please click on the link here ( to see the specific PhD posts available.

Closing date for applications: 15th of July 2020
PhD Start: 1st October 2020

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