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PhD Position

This is an EPSRC funded PhD position under Professor Mike Fitzpatrick, part of the new 1.8M consortium in "Performance and Reliability of Metallic Materials for Nuclear Fission Power Generation", and will focus on creep and damage development in materials for high-temperature power plant components.

For more information about the project contact Professor Mike Fitzpatrick: Professor Fitzpatrick is not able to take enquiries by phone.


Other Information

The position would suit a graduate with a qualification in Materials, Physics or Engineering at Bachelor's level or above. The work will be full time, therefore students are required to study for a minimum of 35 hours a week, living within 15 miles of the Walton Hall campus; in exceptional circumstances you may be able to live further away with the approval of the Faculty of Maths Computing and Technology.

The national minimum stipend for EPSRC-funded PhD students for academic year 2010/11 is 13,590 per year.

The PhD will start in early 2011 and will last for for 3 years.

The closing date for applications is 31st May 2011. Applications received after this date cannot be considered for this position.


How to Apply

To apply for this position, please use the application form that you can download here.

Your completed form should be returned by email as a Word document to Professor Mike Fitzpatrick, please do not email to multiple addresses.

Useful supporting documents include proof of BSc, MSc, competance in English and current CV.

Your CV should include details about the following, where applicable:

Secondary and higher education (dates, establishments, examinations, results & thesis titles)

Other technical, professional or occupational training (dates, provider, type of training, subjects and qualifications)

Membership of Professional Institutes or Societies

Employment history (dates, details of employers, positions held with brief details of duties, final salary and reason for leaving). Remember to include unpaid or voluntary work

Details of Relevant Publications

You may also wish to see the Research Degrees web pages for information about PhD studies at The Open University. However, please do not send applications to the Research School as instructed in those pages as they will not reach Professor Fitzpatrick in time.


Position Reference

Please quote reference 2010/07/EP in all correspondence connected with this position.



Your referees should ideally be able to comment on your academic suitability and, where applicable, any research or employment you have undertaken. Referees should be senior academics, your line-manager or research supervisor.

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