Impact Engineering Team
Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering Group
Department of Engineering Science
University of Oxford

University of Oxford

announce the following



ONE Postgraduate DPhil (PhD) Student in computational impact engineering with titanium alloys for aerospace and defence applications

Postgraduate DPhil (PhD) Student - Development of methodology for modelling of loading rate dependent behaviour of titanium alloys subject to impact loading

         Deadline for applications noon on Thu 2 Jun 2011

         Anticipated starting date preferably as soon as possible but no later than 30 Sep 2011

         Further details:

Applications are invited for a research studentship (DPhil) for an investigation into loading rate dependent behaviour of titanium alloys for aerospace applications funded by the Aerospace and Defence Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) underwritten by EPSRC and TIMET. The research will be conducted in close collaboration with TIMET and Rolls-Royce. The research student is expected to develop novel experimental and numerical modelling tools and incorporate them within the existing integrated experimental-numerical research framework comprised of commercial and in-house equipment and modelling tools. The aim is to improve the understanding of intrinsic mechanisms behind the apparent loading rate dependent behaviour of titanium alloys. This understanding will be underpinned by the development of modelling tools with respect to related experimental support in the newly established Impact Engineering Laboratory at Oxford. The research student will work under the supervision of Dr N. Petrinic.


Candidates should have at least an upper second class degree in Engineering, Physics, Materials or Mathematics as well as an explicitly expressed affinity to solid mechanics, materials and computational engineering. The candidates are expected to have excellent computing skills and preferably demonstrable experience with computer aided design software and programming languages (FORTRAN, C and/or C++). The studentship will be for 42 months starting as soon as possible. The research student would be registered for a higher degree at an Oxford college, leading to a doctorate. The studentship covers fees at the Home/EU rate and provides the standard living allowance for UK residents.

Please direct all informal enquiries to Dr Nik Petrinic
- by telephone +44 1865 273172, or
- by email