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Fully Funded (Home/EU Rate) PhD Studentship (Fixed Term) - Nikel-Base Superalloys for Additive Manufacturing

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship investigating the additive manufacturing of nickel based superalloys. The studentship is fully funded for a UK student, will run for 4 years and can start from October 2017. It will be run in close collaboration with Rolls-Royce plc and will be located at the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge.

Additive manufacturing, in which engineering components are built in a layer-wide manner from alloy powders, is opening up the possibility of new, more complex component designs. In civil aviation this may be translated into more efficient gas turbine engines. However, many of the high performance nickel-based superalloys currently used in the hot sections of gas turbine engines are not amenable to processing by such techniques and modified compositions or new alloys are required. In this project, the microstructures of selected nickel-based superalloys processed by additive manufacturing will be studied. The results obtained will be used to guide compositional modifications that will improve the amenability of these alloys to processing by these methods and these will be assessed through processing trials.

The research will require examination of the alloys using a range of techniques including electron microscopy with EDS & WDS, X-ray diffraction and mechanical testing.

Applicants should have (or expect to be awarded) a good Masters degree in a relevant science subject (Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science) and should meet the EPSRC criteria for UK/EU residency and liability for 'home rate' fees.

Application forms and the Graduate Studies Prospectus are available from the University website and copies of these documents are available via Further information on the application process is available from Dr Rosie Ward (

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Howard Stone by email to

Please quote reference LJ11421 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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