Staff vacancies


Research Associate in 3D printing, metallurgy and metamaterials (PDF‌). Further details can be found at: 

The Department of Materials also advertises vacancies when available.

If you are thinking of applying for a funded fellowship within the theme of Engineering Alloys please contact one of the Academic Staff to discuss the process in more detail.


PhD studentships

The academic team in the Engineering alloys theme are excited to collaborate with enthuasiastic and interested students. We work across a range of areas in the theme and individual academics are keen to hear from students. When contacting a potential supervisor, please identify your areas of interest and overlap. Funding for PhD students depends on your residency, support from industry of the individual academic, and the ability for the candidate to seek funding from external sources. Imperial College London operates a number of competitive scholarship schemes and bursaries.

The academic staff list for the theme, and their interests, can be found within the theme's "About Us" page.

There are specific projects where funding is identified:

  • PhD Studentship in Design of multi-functional metamaterials enabled by 3D Printing with Dr Minh-Son Pham. Further details can be found here: PhD in meta-materials, metals science and 3D printing‌ (pdf).

  • PhD Studentship: Towards Intelligent Monitoring and Efficient Operation of Steam-Methane Reformers

    Supervisors: Dr Stella Pedrazzini, Prof Mary Ryan

    Steam-methane reformers are industrial scale furnaces used for chemical processing. The inner steel tubing will oxidise when exposed to air at elevated temperature. Infrared thermometers may not be able to detect thermal hotspots due to the change in emissivity caused by the oxide scale formation, which can then lead to premature component failure. The following project will analyse emissivity of steels and their oxides, when exposed to different thermal and environmental conditions, with the aim to correct this shortcoming of conventional infrared thermometers.

  • PhD Studentship:  Molten Glass Corrosion of cobalt-based superalloys – a grain boundary study

Supervisors: Dr Stella Pedrazzini, Prof Mary Ryan

Glass fibres for insulation are spun with a spindle made of cobalt-based superalloys. Molten glass is highly corrosive and will eventually wear through the spindle. This project involves building a set up for molten glass corrosion experiments at Imperial college, and testing the effect of grian boundary morphology and precipitation (carbides, borides) on the corrosion rate of the alloy.

  • PhD Studentship:  Oxidation and under-deposit corrosion of steels in high temperature steam at Imperial College

Supervisors: Dr Stella Pedrazzini, Prof Mary Ryan

2 PhD studentships are available to study oxidation and under-deposit corrosion of steel used in industrial scale furnaces.  The aim of the first project is to develop a fundamental understanding steel oxidation and under-deposit corrosion in steam reformers, using a variety of characterisation techniques including SEM/TEM/XRD and Raman. The second project related to the challenge that oxidation presents in monitoring -  changes the emissivity of steel with oxidation prevents conventional infra-red monitoring technology from being able to accurately assess the extent and location of hotspots in industrial scale furnaces.  These changes in emissivity as a function of the oxides formed and the correlated local temperature are poorly understood.  This project will assess emissivity of oxidised steel through a variety of techniques to develop robust, mechanistically underpinned monitoring for this important industrial concern. Positions are available immediately and will stay open until filled.

Prior projects, indicative of activity in the theme:

  • Understanding machining & damage in Ni alloys for Home/EU funded PhD students with Dr Ben Britton.
  • Rolls-Royce/EPSRC-funded PhD research studentship available for suitable UK/EU students  in Understanding Fatigue Crack Nucleation from Inclusions in a Powder Nickel Alloy using Micromechanics with Prof Fionn Dunne

    HexMat Programme grant. Prof Fionn Dunne (PI), Dr Saira Naeem (Programme Manager)