03 May, 2012
PhD Studentship in Atomic-scale Phenomena in Advanced Alloys, University of Birmingham
Applications are invited for a research studentships in the field of Physical Metallurgy, focussing on how solute atoms aff ect phase stability and dislocation motion in Ni-based superalloys, Co-based superalloys and ß-Ti alloys. This research will lead to the award of a PhD degree from the School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham.
Research will focus on the use of ab initio Density Functional Theory (DFT) and hybrid atomic-scale techniques on a variety of technologically-important systems. The purpose of this work is to establish a relationship between the composition and the resulting mechanical properties of alloys. Occasional experimental work may be required to confirm conclusions.
Previous knowledge of the techniques involved is not necessary, but a strong background in Metallurgy, Materials Science, Physics or Mechanical Engineering is required. An interest in programming and numerical methods is preferred.
This PhD project is fully funded and covers a bursary (tax-free £13,600 per annum) and fees for 3 years and is available to UK/EU and overseas students.
For more information, and a more detailed description of the projects, please email Dr Alessandro Mottura (firstname.lastname@example.org).