PhD Studentships in Advanced Manufacturing and Alloy Design

Lancaster University

Lancaster University is offering a number of fully-funded PhD studentships to meet their growing activity in advanced manufacturing and alloy design.

The priority research topic areas include;

  • Design and manufacture of lightweight hybrid syntactic metal foam structures
  • Design and manufacture of advanced metallic alloy microstructures
  • Manufacture of magnesium metal matrix composites for automotive applications
  • Thermal treatment and microstructure control in advanced steels, titanium and magnesium alloys
  • Additive manufacturing of novel porous Ti structures and non-porous stainless steels and titanium alloys
  • Diffusion bonding of aerospace alloys
  • Thermodynamic, kinetic and plasticity modelling of new metallic alloys
  • Materials discovery adopting neural networks, Gaussian processes, genetic algorithms and clustering techniques

We are seeking excellent candidates who are highly motivated and keen to engage with academic partners and industry. Successful candidates will develop a wide range of skills that will include; materials processing, mechanical testing, microstructure and numerical modelling and structural characterisation. Prior experience in manufacturing is not required.

Qualifications and experience:

  • 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.
  • A strong background in plasticity and dislocation theory is required.
  • Knowledge of statistical thermodynamics and physical metallurgy is essential.
  • Computer programming skills are essential for the post.
  • You must have excellent interpersonal skills, work effectively in a team and have experience of the preparation of presentations, reports or journal papers to the highest levels of quality.

This post is offered on a 36 months fixed-term appointment.

Full sponsorship is available for EU-citizens only.

Application procedure:

Send CV and cover letter to Professor Andrew Kennedy (, Chair in Advanced Manufacturing (for advanced manufacturing interests) or Professor Pedro Rivera (, LPW/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair (for alloy design interests). Both professors are with the Department of Engineering, Lancaster University.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

Lancaster University – ensuring equality of opportunity and celebrating diversity.

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