PhD Studentship: Formation of Iron-Containing Intermetallics in Aluminium Alloys

Brunel University London - College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences

Applications are invited for a full time PhD studentship in the experimental investigation of the formation of iron-containing intermetallics in recycled aluminium alloys in the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST). Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £16,553 plus payment of their full time tuition fees at the published home/EU rate for a period of 48 months.

BCAST is a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). Our research covers fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing. BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. See BCAST website for further information.

The successful candidate will work on experimental investigation of the formation of iron-containing intermetallics in recycled aluminium alloys. The project aims to understand heterogeneous nucleation Fe-containing intermetallics during solidification of recycled Al alloys and to develop practical approaches to refine such intermetallics. This project involves alloy preparation, solidification processing under various condition and materials characterisation at different length scales.

Informal enquiries should be emailed direct to Professor Zhongyun Fan at


Applicants will have a first degree at 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is an advantage but not essential. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is an advantage. In addition, applicants should be highly motivated, able to work in a team (you will be supported by other researchers in BCAST) and have good communication skills.

Applicants must also have been resident in the UK for 3 years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship.

How to Apply

Please email the following to by 30th September 2017. Interviews will take place in October 2017.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • A single page (A4), single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate and interested in undertaking this project;
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and/or transcript(s);
  • Evidence of English language proficiency to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.
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