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PhD position at Loughborough University: 'Plasticity in small length scales'

As one of the biggest Departments of its kind in the UK, the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering has an international reputation for being at the forefront of technological innovation and for maintaining extensive links with industry.

The student will join the Mechanics of Advanced Materials Research Group which carries out multi-disciplinary research in advanced engineering materials using a wide range of experimental and cutting edge computational techniques.

Applications are invited for a 3 year, fully funded PhD research studentship to work on a project entitled "Plasticity in small length scales". Global trends toward increased integration and miniaturization in products and systems have highlighted the need for reliable mass produced micro/meso-scale components: components that have nominal sizes in the range of tens of microns. Such components are extensively used in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and the integrated chip (IC) manufacturing industry. Predicting the behaviour of these small scaled components under thermo-mechanical loads is important from the standpoint of structural integrity and overall reliability. The research programme is likely to involve:

  • Micro-mechanical modelling of crystalline and a new class of non crystalline metals which are posed for extensive use in the industry;
  • Numerical implementation/coding in high level languages;
  • Experimental validation of results.

No prior experience in experimentation is needed. However, applicants should be able to demonstrate an interest in materials characterisation and modelling.

A first degree (1st class or high 2:1 honours) in Mechanical, Civil, Aerospace (or related) engineering. Working knowledge of continuum mechanics or applied mathematics is preferred and a relevant second degree may also be an advantage. Proficiency in finite element modelling (or coding in general) is preferred. Previous experience in multi-scale finite element modelling would be an advantage.

The preferred starting dates are 1st December 2011 and the studentship offers a yearly scholarship of approximately £20,000 which will pay for a tax free stipend and the necessary tuition fees (see rates for UK/EU and International Students).  This studentship is open to UK/EU and international students.

Please apply through the following web page:

Should you have any problems downloading the documents please contact Ms Jo Mason, Research Administrator (  Applicants seeking additional information are invited to contact Dr Anish Roy, tel:+44 (0)1509 227637, e-mail:

Please quote Ref: AR190811 on the application form and all correspondence.

The closing date for applications is: Open until position is filled.


He Zeyin's picture

 Dear Dr Anish Roy,

I am  a doctor candidate who studying at the State Key Laboratory of Mechanical Transmission, Chongqing University, China. Now I find some messages about the PhD position at Loughborough University: 'Plasticity in small length scales' , and I am interested in it,because I major in finite element method.

But I meet a difficult that I do not hold any English language qualifications now.How can I do next if I want to get this research opportunities?

Your sincerely,


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