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Polymer-derived ceramics for high temperature applications with BAE Systems

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

Project Description

This project is funded by the EPSRC’s I-CASE scheme and BAE Systems and involves the University of Birmingham. It is focused on developing high temperature materials with tailored electromagnetic and structural performance. Polymer-derived ceramic materials are potentially suited to be used in these applications due to their chemical nature and high temperature capabilities. Thus the PhD studentship will be focused on developing new materials that both possess specific electromagnetic properties, are mechanically robust and also capable of withstanding high temperatures. Materials produced will be expected to be tested as demonstrators in simulated real world conditions.

The project will suit graduates who are naturally inquisitive, have a good quality first degree in materials science & engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering or similar subject and who enjoy working on industrially-related projects that offer training in both science and engineering skills. The successful candidate will undertake their research in a very supportive, high quality training environment within a research team of around 15 individuals and will receive an enriched integrated training experience that will allow the student to acquire very useful skills and expertise. The student will gain a wider understanding of applied research that should enhance their future career prospects. The successful applicant will receive funding of a full EPSRC studentship for 4 years, with the sponsor, BAE Systems, providing an additional top up to the project of a minimum of a third of the EPSRC funding. The student must spend at least three months at the company and the latter will pay any travel and subsistence costs.

Funding Notes

This project is funded by the EPSRC’s I-CASE scheme and BAE Systems and involves the University of Birmingham. For UK nationals, home fees and a standard stipend (currently £15,009) will be provided together with opportunities to interact with BAE Systems and attend national and international conferences. Whilst EU nationals may apply, they will not be eligible to undertake work at BAE Systems.

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How good is research at University of Birmingham in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials?
Metallurgy and Materials

FTE Category A staff submitted: 29.10

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