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Physics-based Modelling of Microstructure Evolution in High-strength 6xxx Aluminium Alloys: EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD Studentship 2022

   Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

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About the Project

Applications are invited for one full-time EPSRC Industrial CASE (ICASE) PhD studentship for the project “Physics-based Modelling of Microstructure Evolution in High-strength 6xxx Aluminium Alloys”, at Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), Brunel University London, starting from 1st October 2022. BCAST is a speciality research centre in metallurgy with a focus on processing of metallic materials for lightweighting applications. See www.brunel.ac.uk/bcast for more information. The project is sponsored by Constellium, a global leading manufacturer of high-quality technically advanced aluminium products and systems. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £17.609 plus payment of their full-time tuition fees for a period of 48 months (4 years).

The successful applicants will join the internationally recognised researchers in BCAST at Brunel University London (BUL). This research project is focused on the numerical simulation of microstructure evolution during processing of aluminium alloys, using a combination of Calphad-type thermodynamic modelling and the phase-field method, to predict microstructural features of these alloys for any given set of process parameters. The project will be part of activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) at Brunel and will be conducted in close collaboration with the Materials Made Smarter Centre (MMSC), which delivers multidisciplinary research in the area of Digital Manufacturing. You will have the opportunity to interact with and receive advice from Constellium’s industrial research engineers in addition to the MMSC’s leading researchers in materials, physics-based modelling, and data science, across MMSC’s five partner institutions (Universities of Sheffield, UCL, Cambridge, Brunel, Nottingham, and Swansea). A strong background in physical metallurgy and materials process modelling is essential. Experience in crystal plasticity, aluminium alloys and computer programming is desirable.

Please contact Professor Hamid Assadi at [Email Address Removed] for an informal discussion about the project. 


Applicants will have or be expected to receive a first or upper-second class honours degree in an Engineering, Computer Science, Design, Mathematics, Physics, or a similar discipline. A Postgraduate Masters degree is not required but may be an advantage. 

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their abilities in numerical modelling or in the application of simulation software in scientific / engineering problems. In addition, applicants should be highly motivated, able to work independently as well as in a team, collaborate with others and have effective communication skills. 

How to Apply

Please submit your application documents (see list below) in one PDF file by noon on 30 June 2022

 to [Email Address Removed]   Interviews will take place in July 2022.

  • ·      Your up-to-date CV;
  • ·      Your personal statement (300 to 500 words) summarising your background, skills and experience;
  • ·      Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • ·      Evidence of your English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent, 6.0 in all sections), if appropriate;
  • ·      Contact details for TWO referees, one of which can be an academic member of staff in the College.

Research support

Excellent research support and training

The Graduate School provides a range of personal, professional and career development opportunities. This includes workshops, online training, coaching and events, to enable you to enhance your professional profile, refine your skills, and plan your next career steps as part of the Researcher Development Programme. The researcher development programme (RDP) offers workshops and seminars in a range of areas including progression, research management, research dissemination, and careers and personal development. You will also be offered a number of online, self-study courses on BBL, including Research Integrity, Research Skills Toolkit, Research Methods in Literature Review and Principles of Research Methods.

Library services

Brunel's Library is open 24 hours a day, has 400,000 books and 250,000 ebooks, and an annual budget of almost £2m. Subject information Specialists train students in the latest technology, digital literacy, and digital dissemination of scholarly outputs. As well as the physical resources available in the Library, we also provide access to a wealth of electronic resources. These include databases, journals and e-books. Access to these resources has been bought by the Library through subscription and is limited to current staff and students. 

Dedicated research support staff provide guidance and training on open access, research data management, copyright and other research integrity issues.

Careers support

You will receive tailored careers support during your PhD and for up to three years after you complete your research at Brunel. We encourage you to actively engage in career planning and managing your personal development right from the start of your research, even (or perhaps especially) if you don't yet have a career path in mind. Our careers provision includes online information and advice, one-to-one consultations and a range of events and workshops. The Professional Development Centre runs a varied programme of careers events throughout the academic year. These include industry insight sessions, recruitment fairs, employer pop-ups and skills workshops.

Funding Notes

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £17.609 plus payment of their full-time home tuition fees for a period of 48 months (4 years).
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