PhD Studentship: Designing Printable Alloys for Additive Manufacturing

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: London, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 10 Apr 2021

Supervisors: Dr. Minh-Son Pham

Duration: 48 months, starting in October 2021

Funding: Tuition fees at the home rate plus a stipend of £17,609 per annum

Additive manufacturing (AM) is expected to revolutionize the manufacturing industry. However, fabricating reliable and high-performance metals by AM still remains one of the biggest challenges in AM of metallic alloys. Most of alloys made by AM have higher strength, but lower ductility compared to those made by other processes. One of main reasons is because existing alloys currently used in AM were initially designed for other processes (e.g., casting, rolling, etc), not for AM that induces microstructures so much different to those in other processes. Therefore, there is an increasing call to design new alloys that are tailored for AM to help unlocking the full potential of additive manufacturing. In this study, the student will assess the printability of existing Ti, Ni and Fe-based alloys by evaluating their thermodynamics properties, then use a machine learning software Scikit-learn to accelerate the search and discovery of new printable alloys. The student will subsequently validate the machine learning prediction by printing selected compositions and provide feedback to improve the learning capability.

Funding and Eligibility

A DTP PhD studentship for home students. The studentship includes fees and a stipend of £17,609 per annum for eligible UK home students for the duration of 3.5 years. Outstanding overseas students sponsored by other funding schemes are welcomed to apply. Applicants should have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in the materials, mechanical engineering or a relevant subject at the equivalent of a UK First or Upper Second Class. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups. Applicants should have strong knowledge in one or more of: 3D printing, physical metallurgy, mechanical testing and programming skills in Python/Matlab. Good teamwork and communication skills are essential.

How to apply:

The prospectus, entry requirements and application form (under ‘how to apply’) are available at:

For further details of the posts, please contact Dr Minh-Son (Son) Pham at , phone: +44 20 7594 9529. Applicants should send a CV and covering letter and will be required to complete an electronic application form. It is expected that the studentship will begin by 1 October 2021.

The prospectus, entry requirements and application form (under ‘how to apply’) are available at:  

Closing date: 10 April 2021

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