PhD Studentship: New Materials for Nuclear Applications

University of Cambridge - Department of Earth Sciences

A fully funded 3.5 year PhD studentship is available to investigate the application of emerging materials discovery techniques and ab initio random structure searching (AIRSS) to materials in extreme conditions.  In this project, the materials concerned would be suitable for nuclear propulsion and capable of maintaining functionality within the core of a nuclear reactor.  This project is suitable for a candidate with a good first degree in Materials Science, Mineral Physics, Physics or Chemistry. The successful candidate would have interests, and preferably some experience in, the first principles calculation of materials properties and the development of materials suitable for extreme environments, in general. The award covers all University fees and provides a tax-free stipend 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. Preferred start date, January 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 Chris Pickard (

Please quote reference LB10379 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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