Closing date: January 2018 or as soon as the position is filled
A full PhD studentship is offered to UK and EU citizens on modelling plasticity of alloys for additive layer manufacturing. The project is part of the foundation of the new Royal Academy of Engineering research chair in ‘Alloy and microstructure design for additive layer manufacturing’, held by Professor Pedro Rivera at the Department of Engineering, Lancaster University. As this is an emerging topic, the studentship will offer significant academic freedom to the awardee, with strong support and mentorship from senior academics. The work will be performed in collaboration with Oxford, Imperial College, Cambridge, Kings College London and Sheffield universities. You will collaborate with colleagues at Lancaster University and our industrial and academic partners, and will be actively involved in meetings, workshops and conferences.
Project synopsis: A novel theory for plastic deformation has been developed by Prof Rivera and his group. The theory has been able to predict, within a unified framework, the combined effects of microstructure, composition, temperature and strain rate. The new approach borrows concepts of statistical mechanics, combining them with dislocation theory to describe plasticity. The work is now to be extended to incorporate the effects of irradiation by describing dislocation/(H,He) interactions, as well as dislocation/vacancy complexes interactions. The aim is to apply this theory design novel alloys for additive layer manufacturing, offering significant academic freedom, support and mentorship to the student.
Qualifications and experience:
This post is offered on a 36 months fixed-term appointment.
Full sponsorship (including a monthly salary) is available for EU-citizens. The difference between EU and Overseas university fees is not covered by this studentship. We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.
Send CV and cover letter to Professor Pedro Rivera (email@example.com), LPW/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair, Department of Engineering, Lancaster University.
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