PhD position - Structural Role of Titanium in Glass and Glass-Ceramic Materials

Context & Job description

You will join an international team based in Grenoble (France), Bath (UK) and Corning (USA) that is working on the structure related properties of commercial glass and glass-ceramic materials.  The aim of the PhD project is to combine neutron and x-ray scattering methods with related experimental and computational methods to identify and describe the structural role of titanium in (i) glass formation and (ii) nucleating crystal growth to make fine-grained glass ceramics. You will develop and implement the relevant methodology to disentangle the structural information gained from multiple techniques in order to develop predictive models of the material structure and properties. The results will provide underpinning fundamental information on glass-forming ability and on crystal nucleation. They will therefore contribute to the overall aim of uncovering the key factors and design rules for accelerating the creation of new glass and glass-ceramic materials with the desired characteristics.

Further information may be obtained from Philip Salmon (tel.: +44 (0)1225 383698, email: and from Gabriel Cuello (+33 (0)4 76 20 7697, email:

Expected profile

  • Degree allowing enrolment for a PhD (such as 2:1 or higher in an undergraduate degree, MSc, Master 2 de Recherche, Laurea or equivalent) in physics, materials science, chemistry or closely related science
  • A background in experimentation is desirable, and knowledge of data analysis and computational skills would be an advantage
  • Manual skills and rigorous attention to detail are essential in this work environment
  • Proficiency in English (The University of Bath’s requirements are given at
  • Compliance with the Marie Sklodowska-Curie mobility rule: candidates may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in France for more than twelve months in the three years immediately before the date of recruitment.
  • At the date of recruitment, early-stage researchers must be in the first four years of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Candidates must satisfy the eligibility criteria according to the University of Bath’s requirements for PhD enrolment.

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Working conditions

The successful candidate will be enrolled in the doctoral school of University of Bath and based full-time at the ILL and ESRF (Grenoble, France), other than a 3-month secondment at Corning Inc. in the USA. Additional visits totaling no more than 3 months may be made to the University of Bath when needed. Furthermore, a varied pedagogical training programme will be offered to the successful candidate throughout the 3-year PhD project.

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Company description

InnovaXN is a Horizon 2020 MSCA COFUND programme providing an opportunity for 40 industrial companies to work with 40 PhD students, performing advanced research and exploiting the unique characterisation techniques of the ESRF and ILL. Through collaborations with industry, innovation will be the central theme of the programme. This will provide a unique cross academic-industry science setting, secondment opportunities and society-relevant research, training the future key researchers able to tackle major research and societal challenges.

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