Advanced Nuclear Alloy Performance (PhD Scholarship)

Advanced Nuclear Alloy Performance

Bangor University – Nuclear Futures Institute

Project ID: BUK2184
Annual Stipend: £14,198
Application Deadline: 30th November 2018

*Please note: This project has now been upgraded to a fully funded PhD (originally advertised as MRes)*

New zirconium alloys are being designed for operation in light water reactors including the proposed new build on Anglesey – Wylfa Newydd. The project will be part of the international MUZIC programme, gaining a mechanistic understanding of zirconium corrosion – with other universities including University of Manchester, Imperial College London, the University of Oxford, Penn State University and international national laboratories.

The project will focus on gaining a mechanistic understanding of how oxidation in these new alloys proceeds in a mechanistic manner – including the effects of radiation and extreme temperatures. The project will be a combination of atomic scale simulation of these alloys as well as targeted experimental investigations in the new facilities at the Nuclear Futures Institute at Bangor University. The project sponsor: Westinghouse Electric, will be very involved with the project allowing the PhD candidate to gain significant experience in not only nuclear materials research but also experience in the overall nuclear energy industry.

We are targeting highly motivated individuals who see themselves playing a leading role in the UK’s nuclear energy programme. A background in materials science, physics, chemistry or related subject is preferred.

To apply for this studentship, please email a CV, a degree transcript and a cover letter detailing your motivation and experience to Dr Simon Middleburgh  and cc to Dr Penny Dowdney Closing date for applications is 30/11/2018. For enquiries please email

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.