PhD Studentship: Atomic Level Simulation of Nucleation Behaviour During Solidification

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

Applications are invited for a full time PhD studentship in atomic level simulation 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 the theoretical modelling of the nucleation process in solidification using atomistic molecular dynamics simulation techniques, which include first-principles density functional theory (FP-DFT) and atomistic simulation methods. The research project also includes the study of intermetallic phase formation in AI alloys. You will be expected to interact with other experimental researchers in BCAST and research engineers in industry.

Informal enquiries should be emailed direct to either Professor Changming Fang at (tel: +44(0) 1895 267688) or Professor Zhongyun Fan at (tel: +44(0) 1895 266406).


Applicants will have a first degree at 2:1 or above in a suitable physical sciences discipline, e.g. mathematical physics, physics, material sciences, metallurgy, etc. A Master’s level qualification is an advantage but not essential. Experience in Unix/Linux operation systems, data processing and programming 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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