Research Studentship in Ceramic Polymer Interfaces Under Ballistic Loading

Research Studentship in Ceramic Polymer Interfaces Under Ballistic Loading

3-year D.Phil. studentship 

Project: Ceramic Polymer Interfaces Under Ballistic Loading

Supervisors: Profs Siviour, Marrow and Todd

This dstl funded studentship is part of a research project which aims to better understand the mechanical properties ceramic-polymer interfaces under high speed ballistic loading. 


The project draws on recent research in the departments of Engineering Science and Materials and will, for the first time, bring together techniques for understanding polymer behaviour and interface properties.  We will explore of how the mechanical properties of the polymer under high speed deformation, as well as relevant aspects of interface preparation, affect key ballistic responses of the overall system, such as energy absorption and damage formation. The use of time-temperature superposition and advanced characterisation techniques (including in-situ X-ray imaging) will give confidence in the dynamic data obtained through comparison to static experiments. Ultimately, the project will provide the understanding required for bespoke material and process development, as well as down-selection of different systems, to provide tailored ballistic protection for different applications.


The student will be a member of the Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering research group and will be supervised by Professors Clive Siviour, James Marrow and Richard Todd.  Further information may be found at


This studentship is available to UK or EU nationals only. 

Award Value

University tuition fees are covered at the level set for UK/EU students, as are Oxford college fees (c. £7,432 in total p.a.). The stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) is c. £17,000 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further two years. 

Candidate Requirements

Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • A first class honours degree, or equivalent, in Engineering, Physics or Materials Science;
  • Experience in mechanical testing; interest in mechanical behaviour of materials;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English;

The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  •  Matlab programming;
  •  Materials modelling;
  •  High strain rate testing.


Application Procedure

Interested candidates are strongly advised to contact Professor Clive Siviour ( with a copy of their CV before making a formal application.  However, please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted

Candidates must submit a graduate application form and are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria.  Details are available on the Engineering course page of the University website.  Further details about making a graduate application are available at  You are strongly advised to look at the application requirements early on and not wait until the deadline. The application should be filled in with a start date of October 2018.

Candidates must select Pembroke College as their college of choice when applying. 

Please quote ENGS01_CVS18 in all correspondence and in your graduate application.

Application deadline:  24th August 2018

Start date: October 2018