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PhD Studentship in Computational Mechanics of Low-Density 3-D Woven Micro-Lattice Materials

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  • Full or part time
    Dr ST Szyniszewski
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

We are looking for candidates who are interested in multi-physical simulations and optimisation. Since the project will involve computer simulations, applicants with enthusiasm for programming and numerical modeling will be preferred.

This project will focus on the development of a novel micro-lattice material that combines structural and electromagnetic features. Specifically, the project will investigate design and optimization of a low-density, micro-lattice structure to achieve stiffness in line with structural materials, while allowing for the generation of electromagnetic forces by the micro-lattice material.

Micro lattices are manufactured through deposition of various thin-film materials on sacrificial polymer lattice templates. However, 3-D printing and 3-D weaving can be also employed to create lattice materials at larger scales (with features in microns). This project will concentrate on modelling of 3-D woven micro-lattice materials. Particular focus will be on how to use computational tools to create a new class of tunable materials. Multi-physical features of low-density architectured materials offer an opportunity for multiple functions in a single part such as stiffness, damping, and electromagnetic properties.

This project offers an excellent opportunity to join a vibrant research group and to develop/learn computational mechanics with a focus on multi-physical applications of novel materials. The University of Surrey is the top 10 university in the UK according to the Guardian league table, and it is located in the sought-after town of Guildford, with a fast train connection (40 min) to central London.

Applicants should have a background in structural or a related field (e.g. Mechanical Engineering) and interest or background in physics with emphasis on electromagnetic phenomena. An inquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits are desirable.

Funding Notes

The scholarship provides a tax-free stipend of £15,000 per year and UK/EU tuition fees. This studentship is funded by the European Commission. This scholarship can be awarded to an overseas-fee paying student if the fee difference between the EU and overseas fee is funded by other sources.


Please send your application to Dr Stefan Szyniszewski: [email protected]

The application shall include:
1. Brief cover letter/explanation how you satisfy project requirements;
2. Detailed CV, including published work such as your journal and/or conference papers;
3. Copy of your current academic transcript;
4. Names and contact information for references. You may also want to include copies of your awards and language certificates to enhance your application.

Please quote the following reference in your email subject and application: EU/LatticeMaterial.

This studentship will be supervised by Dr Stefan Szyniszewski. Informal inquiries before making an application may be addressed to [email protected]

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