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PhD studentships on Additive Manufacturing of Advanced Ceramics (2 positions)

Goal: See details on the link: https://www.linkedin.com/hiring/jobs/2868001078/detail/

Advanced ceramics are vital materials for fulfilling the growing demand for higher performance across numerous advanced manufacturing sectors, including: energy, health, aerospace, automotive and defence. You will join Prof. Vaidhyanathan’s Advanced Ceramics Research Group investigating the use, design and additive manufacture (AM) of materials. The two PhD candidates will contribute to the creation of knowledge by carrying out research, data collection and analysis in the field of AM of advanced ceramics and their composites as part of a £18.27Million project funded by the UKRI’s Strength in Places programme. This is a significant and exciting opportunity to join world-leading researchers from Loughborough University in collaboration with Universities of Birmingham, Leicester, Lucideon (a Research and Technology Organisation) and the Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group, MICG. Further information on the programme may be found at: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/media-centre/press-releases/2021/july/loughborough-part-of-%C2%A318.27-million-investment/

Making complex shaped advanced ceramics is often very difficult and the sintering processes used to manufacture them are extremely energy intensive. The two PhD projects will contribute to solve these critical manufacturing challenges through the adoption of additive manufacturing and the use of energy efficient field assisted processing methods to enhance the densification kinetics for ceramics and composites (oxides and/or non-oxides).

Combining research in Advanced Ceramics and Additive Manufacturing presents an opportunity for you to be involved with enabling the state-of-the-art materials processing and make designed components for demanding applications. You will use existing materials formulation, characterisation and processing methodologies as well as develop and assess new bespoke printing and processing techniques capable of fabricating multi-component ceramic/composite materials. You will also be developing new ceramic formulations with new materials provided by project partners that have never been 3D printed before, leading to newer structures and applications. Thus, candidates are expected to demonstrate creativity and should be open minded to collaborative work and innovation.

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Entry requirements: We seek highly motivated individuals (2 positions) with ceramic manufacturing skills, knowledge of AM processes and characterisation of 3D-printed materials. Applicants should have a 1st or 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in Materials Science/Engineering, Ceramics, Materials Chemistry, Manufacturing, or related disciplines. A relevant master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: 3D printing of ceramics, AM processes, making material formulations, rheological characterisation of ceramic suspensions, materials characterisation techniques, colloidal chemistry, functional ceramics, g-code, and CAD. English language requirements: Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website (http://www.lboro.ac.uk/international/applicants/english/). Funding information: The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. International students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover ONLY the International Tuition Fee (no living expenses/stipend). Additional funding may be provided for industrial partner visits, field research, travel and conference expenses. Project search terms: ceramics, energy technologies, engineering - other, manufacturing engineering, materials science - other, nanotechnology Additive Manufacturing 3D Printing Advanced Ceramics Functional materials Field assisted processing Microwave Processing Email Address AACME: Aacme.Pgr.Admissions@lboro.ac.uk for informal queries if any. Apply through the Loughborough university website and quote the reference number: MP-BV-2109
 
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Advanced ceramics are vital materials for fulfilling the growing demand for higher performance across numerous advanced manufacturing sectors, including: energy, health, aerospace, automotive and defence. You will join Prof. Vaidhyanathan’s Advanced Ceramics Research Group investigating the use, design and additive manufacture (AM) of materials. The two PhD candidates will contribute to the creation of knowledge by carrying out research, data collection and analysis in the field of AM of advanced ceramics and their composites as part of a £18.27Million project funded by the UKRI’s Strength in Places programme. This is a significant and exciting opportunity to join world-leading researchers from Loughborough University in collaboration with Universities of Birmingham, Leicester, Lucideon (a Research and Technology Organisation) and the Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group, MICG. Further information on the programme may be found at: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/media-centre/press-releases/2021/july/loughborough-part-of-%C2%A318.27-million-investment/
Making complex shaped advanced ceramics is often very difficult and the sintering processes used to manufacture them are extremely energy intensive. The two PhD projects will contribute to solve these critical manufacturing challenges through the adoption of additive manufacturing and the use of energy efficient field assisted processing methods to enhance the densification kinetics for ceramics and composites (oxides and/or non-oxides).
Combining research in Advanced Ceramics and Additive Manufacturing presents an opportunity for you to be involved with enabling the state-of-the-art materials processing and make designed components for demanding applications. You will use existing materials formulation, characterisation and processing methodologies as well as develop and assess new bespoke printing and processing techniques capable of fabricating multi-component ceramic/composite materials. You will also be developing new ceramic formulations with new materials provided by project partners that have never been 3D printed before, leading to newer structures and applications. Thus, candidates are expected to demonstrate creativity and should be open minded to collaborative work and innovation.