Fully-Funded (or Fees-Only) EPSRC Studentship: Understanding Formability in Superalloys

University of Cambridge - Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Closing date: 04 January 2017

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

Supervisor: Dr Enrique Galindo-Nava (eg375@cam.ac.uk), http://www.rrutc.msm.cam.ac.uk/directory/enrique

Nickel-base superalloys are widely used in high-temperature applications, such as in gas turbine engines, owing to their excellent mechanical and environmental properties.  However, they are difficult to manufacture as a consequence of  their high strength. Estimating the "best" processing route is currently defined empirically, limiting the scope for innovation in alloy and process development. This project is aimed at investigating the relationship between microstructure and formability of superalloys using modelling and characterisation.

The project is suitable for a candidate with background in materials science, engineering, physics, applied mathematics or related disciplines. The successful candidate would have interests in combining mathematical modelling with experimentation. Some experience using FEM-based software would be desirable. There is the possibility of obtaining additional top-up funding and consumables costs from a forging company.

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 LJ10658 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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