Dissimilar materials welding for electrical vehicle battery manufacturing

Dissimilar materials welding for electrical vehicle battery manufacturing

Eligibility: UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU/International)

Duration: Full-time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 15th January 2020

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: May 2020

For queries contact: naveed.iqbal@coventry.ac.uk


The focus of PhD student will be to develop and test the laser welding process to join low thickness dissimilar materials for electrical vehicle battery applications. The successful candidate will use cutting-edge laser welding, and characterization instrumentation to help solve the joining issues holding back the development of innovative electrical vehicle batteries. You will be part of a vibrant research group, working closely with metallurgical, electrical and mechanical engineers on an innovative project to develop and apply laser-welding capabilities for manufacturing next generation electrical vehicle battery systems. You will have opportunities for national and international travel and collaborate with other research organizations and industrial partners. Therefore you will have excellent communication skills to collaborate effectively with other researchers.


Full studentship which includes tuition fees and living expenses for a doctoral candidate over 3.5 years.

Stipend rates set by UKRI with an annual projected average increase of 1.25% per year.


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Dr. Naveed Iqbal.

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project. 

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