Fully-Funded (or Fees-Only) EPSRC Studentship

University of Cambridge - Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

EPSRC Studentship in the fields of Structural Materials, and Materials Chemistry

Full or fees-only awards available to students who pay 'home rate' fees starting date: October 2017 Closing date for initial applications: Wednesday 4 January 2017

Applications are invited for a fully-funded (or fees-only) EPSRC studentships, to be supervised by a newly-appointed member of staff in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy.

Physical Metallurgy of High Entropy Alloys

Supervisor: Dr Nick Jones (ngj22@cam.ac.uk) http://www.rrutc.msm.cam.ac.uk/directory/nick-jones

High Entropy Alloys (HEAs) are a relatively new class of materials that, contrary to conventional alloys, have no principal element. Instead these materials are concentrated mixtures of multiple different atomic species. Early research has shown that these multi-component compositions exhibit some interesting and intriguing properties, but the fundamental mechanisms that determine their behaviour are yet to be fully established. Given the essentially limitless potential combinations of different elements, this lack of underpinning knowledge is preventing an efficient approach to compositional optimisation and, as such, current alloy development is reliant upon insight driven iterative empiricism. Therefore, this project will assess a number of key multi-component systems, experimentally establishing their phase equilibria and underlying physical metallurgy, and comparing these findings to thermodynamic predictions with a view to enhancing the discovery and optimisation of new HEAs.

The research will require the preparation of selected compositions via vacuum arc melting and induction melting before being subjected to heat treatment and detailed characterisation using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetery and X-ray diffraction. It is also envisaged that the phase equilibria and precipitation kinetics will be studied using in situ high energy X-ray diffraction at international synchrotron facilities.

The minimum academic requirement for admission is an upper second class UK honours degree at the level of MSci, MEng, MPhys, MChem etc, or a lower second with a good Master's, (or overseas equivalents) in a relevant subject.

The studentship provides a maintenance grant at the minimum Research Council UK rate and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for students who fully satisfy the residence requirements of the UK Research Councils. A fees-only award will be available to EU nationals who are not ordinarily resident in the UK. Students who are liable for fees at the 'overseas' rate are not eligible for these studentships.

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

Prospective candidates should send a CV, with transcripts (if available) and a covering letter to Dr Rosie Ward (remw2@cam.ac.uk).

Shortlisted candidates will subsequently be required to submit a formal application to the Graduate Admissions Office (http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/how-do-i-apply). A £50 application fee will apply at this stage.

Please quote reference LJ10657 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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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.

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