PhD Studentship: Layered carbide materials for reactor cores

University of Cambridge - Department of Earth Sciences

A fully funded 3.5 year PhD studentship is offered at the University of Cambridge to work on the development of new layered carbide materials to be utilised in nuclear reactor cores. This project is part of a larger effort on the suitability of these materials in nuclear applications being carried out by the Departments of Earth Sciences and Materials Science and Metallurgy, which consists of an on going EPSRC Research Consortium, the US DoE/Westinghouse CARAT initiative on accident tolerant nuclear fuels and a current EU H2020 research consortium application. The successful candidate will carry out fundamental characterisation of new MAX phase related materials and micro and nano-scale materials properties measurements to test the performance of these materials during irradiation and corrosion both under in-core and accident conditions. The successful candidate would be an associate student of the Imperial Cambridge Open (ICO) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) and so would be eligible to join in cohort activities and visits to nuclear facilities. A good level of communication skills is expected to present research results at consortium meetings and at international conferences. The studentship will cover all fees and provide a tax-free stipend at the EPSRC rate of £14,296 p.a. (index linked). 

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3.5 years in the first instance.

This studentship is available to start on either 1 Jan 2017, 1 April 2017 or 1 Oct 2017. Applications submitted for a 1 Jan start will be reviewed in mid-November 2016 but if the position is unfilled other applications will be considered later for a start in April or Oct 2017.

This studentship is funded by a UK Government contract and in order to meet statutory requirements successful candidates will be UK Nationals and capable of being cleared to SC Level. 

Informal enquiries should be made in the first instance to Dr Ian Farnan ( or Professor Bill Clegg (

Please quote reference LB10378 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University and the Department are committed to equality and diversity, the University holds an institutional Athena-SWAN silver award and the department is a bronze award holder.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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