Vacancies

Technician

College / Directorate: Brunel Centre for Advance Solidification Technology
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Posted Date: 03/02/2020
Closing Date: 04/03/2020
Ref No: 1896

Salary: £29,677 – £34,032 per annum including London Allowance 

Full-time, permanent

The Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) is a highly successful metals research centre at Brunel University London. We are currently recruiting a Technician to join our team to configure, repair and maintain a wide range of metal casting equipment and accessories. Reporting to the Laboratory Manager, the Technician will work with other technician team members to ensure researchers can carry out high quality research using latest equipment. 

You will have previous experience of a technical nature, along with supervisory/line-management experience. Experience with general and specialist software is also essential. 

You will be educated to GCSE level with emphasis on Maths and English or equivalent, and have practical engineering skills in equipment maintenance and repair. You will have a can-do attitude, with the ability to work in an environment where new ideas and challenges arise on a daily basis. The ability to adhere to and comply with the University Health and Safety and Environment policies and procedures is also required for this role.

Job Description

Additional information is available on the Brunel University London website.

Apply now for this role through Brunel University London.

PhD Studentships

Prediction of engineering properties of thermomechanically treated aluminium alloys

Applications are invited for one full-time EPSRC Industrial CASE (ICASE) PhD studentship for the project above at Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), Brunel University London, starting from 1st October 2020. BCAST is a speciality research centre in metallurgy and materials engineering 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 materials processing, with a focus on solidification of metallic materials. See www.brunel.ac.uk/bcast for more information. The project is sponsored by Constellium, a global leading manufacturer of high-quality technically advanced aluminium products and systems. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of circa £20,000 and payment of their full-time home tuition fees for 4 years (48 months).

The project concerns a new thermomechanical treatment that combines ageing and plastic deformation to enhance precipitation and improve mechanical properties of aluminium alloys. The aim of this project is to develop an engineering toolbox that will be used to predict engineering properties of the treated materials as a function of process parameters. This will be pursued by analysing the existing experimental data to identify the relevant trends, extending the phenomenological models of precipitation hardening to the new process, and adjusting the model parameters to fit the experimental data. The ultimate goal is to predict the engineering properties of the extruded products beyond the range of experimentally explored parameters, thus, to facilitate optimisation of the process. The project is also envisaged to provide additional practical insight for the design of high-strength aluminium components for light-weighting applications in the automotive industry.

The successful candidate will develop a phenomenological process model and implement it in the form of a software tool that can be used to predict the strength and elongation of treated aluminium alloys as a function of ageing time, ageing temperature, and the amount of plastic deformation. The project will be part of the activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) established with BCAST. You will be interacting with researchers in BCAST and Constellium’s industrial research engineers. A strong background in physical metallurgy and process modelling is essential. Experience in precipitation hardening of aluminium alloys and computer programming is desirable.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Hamid Assadi (hamid.assadi@brunel.ac.uk)

You should have or expect to receive a first degree at 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering and science discipline, e.g. metallurgy, materials science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or physics. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential.

Applicants must be eligible for home tuition fees through either nationality, residency (living in the UK for at least three years and not wholly for educational purposes) or other connection to the UK.

How to apply:

Please email the following to hamid.assadi@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 1st April 2020:

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.
Heterogeneous Nucleation during Solidification of Light Metals

Applications are invited for two full-time PhD studentships at Brunel University London, to be agreed at interview. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £17,002 plus payment of their full-time home/EU tuition fees for a period of 48 months. 

BCAST is a specialty 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 http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information. 

You will work on experimental investigation of heterogeneous nucleation of primary phases in light metals, such as aluminium and magnesium alloys produced by advanced casting technologies. These projects aim to advance our understanding of heterogeneous nucleation of primary phases during solidification of light metals and to exploit the heterogeneous nucleation concept in the microstructural refinement and defect control. These projects involve alloy preparation, solidification processing under various conditions and materials characterisation at different length scales

Successful candidates are required to have a first degree at or equivalent to 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is an advantage.  In addition, he/she should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills. Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491

If you wish to apply, please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.

Formation of Intermetallics during Solidification of Aluminium Alloys

Applications are invited for one full time PhD studentship at Brunel University London, to be agreed at interview. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £17,002 plus payment of their full time home/EU tuition fees 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 http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information. 

You will study the formation of intermetallics in aluminium alloys as a function of processing conditions and alloy chemistry. The project aims to understand the nucleation of intermetallics during solidification of aluminium alloys and to develop practical approaches to refine such intermetallics. This project involves alloy preparation, solidification processing under various conditions and materials characterisation at different length scales.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491

Successful candidates are required to have a first degree at or equivalent to 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is an advantage.  In addition, he/she should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills. Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education, to receive the studentship.

If you wish to apply, please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.
Materials Modelling and Process Simulation in Casting of Light Metals

Applications are invited for ONE full time PhD studentship for this project with Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), to be agreed at interview. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £17,002 plus payment of their full time home/EU tuition fees for a period of 48 months.  

You will work on theoretical modelling of microstructural evolution in DC casting and computer simulation of casting process. Thisse projects will be pursued using a combination of analytical and numerical models to simulate solidification and casting processes in order to predict as-solidified microstructure and casting defects formation.

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 http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information.  

Successful candidates are required to have a first degree at or equivalent to 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is an advantage. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is an advantage.  In addition, you should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills. 

Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education, to receive the studentship. 

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491

If you wish to apply, please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees;