PhD Studentships in Department of Materials

Loughborough University - Department of Materials

Application details: Reference number: AACME-GENMP-2018

Start date: 1st July or 1st October 2018

The Department of Materials has a number of University funded PhD studentships available in the Research Themes of Advanced Materials, Processing, and Soft Matter to start in July and October 2018. We welcome applications from individuals who are interested in developing a PhD project based on the broad topics described below with a supervisor. UK/EU students are eligible to receive University funding although we welcome applications from any students who are able to self-fund and we may be able to provide a partial fee waiver for exceptional international candidates.

Under our Processing Research area Processing we develop techniques and operations to convert a material from an 'as formed' state to a finished article. For example, the causes and behaviours of tin and zinc whiskers in electronic components that causes these to fail is a current interest as is the development of nanotechnologies for the production of bioinspired structures.

Our Advanced Materials area Advanced Materials is very broad, including the design and engineering of the structure of a material at an atomistic through to micron scale. Specific areas of interest to staff include advanced metals and ceramics at extreme conditions, energy materials, surface engineering, structure and property characterization and atomistic scale modeling.

The Soft Matter research Soft Matter within the Department investigates a large range of macromolecules and spans from their synthesis to understanding their interactions at a microscopic level. This includes assessing the environmental impact of degradable plastics and creating nanocomposite coatings that have antibacterial properties.

Underpinning much of our research are techniques Technique Development we are developing which explore and explain the structures and interactions taking place at a molecular and atomistic level. In particular we focus on materials modelling and characterization, making use of our world class Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre LMCC and High Performance Computing facilities to, for example, model the damage mechanisms in materials for use in nuclear power stations and develop techniques to enable three dimensional microstructural characterization.

In addition, on our website you will also find information on our Centres for Doctoral Training which you may be eligible for. Please take a look at: 

For general information:

Prof Gary Critchlow +44 (0) 1509 222949, 

Entry requirements: Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1, and preferably a First Class, Honours degree (or equivalent) and in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or a related subject. Candidates should have good communication and team working skills.

Funding information: These projects are funded by Loughborough University and for UK/EU candidates, each includes a stipend of ~14500 per annum for 3 years and your tuition fees at the UK/EU rate will also be funded. In addition, you will have the opportunity to earn up to 1,800 per annum through teaching support.

How to apply: All applications should be made online at Please quote the reference AACME-GENMP-2018 on all correspondence and especially on the application form. Please ensure that you select MPRP11 under 'Programme Name' on the application form. 

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