AHRC PhD studentship

We are inviting applications for a full-time AHRC PhD studentship to be located within the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) as a key member of the research team working on the AHRC funded project, ‘Can Egyptian paste techniques (Faience) be used for 3D printed, solid free-form fabrication of ceramics?’. Closing date for applications is 17:00 Monday 2 July.

About the studentship

We are seeking applicants who can undertake an investigation into the potential for a ceramic body glaze combination (that can be made by a single 3D printing process) which can be fired once to obtain the finished glazed pot.

In Egypt, from New Kingdom period onward, the colour palette of Faience was extended and new methods of manufacture were developed. The PhD student will investigate a method, postulated by archaeologists such as Veach et al, which describes a method of Egyptian Faience more like an imperfect glass, where the body is entirely homogeneous without a separate coating of glaze. The surface was generally, but not always glossy. The glassy phase results from the addition of coloured frit to the Faience mixture.

The studentship will develop an Egyptian Faience-like material suitable for 3D printing with a greatly increased colour palette. To be able to develop this body, the student will be closely involved in the development processes of three other bodies with the research team:

Application glazing: similar to modern glazing techniques where glaze slurry is applied to a body.

Efflorescent glazing: where the glazing materials in the form of water-soluble salts are mixed with the body. The salts migrate to the surface forming a layer, which fuses to a glaze when fired.

Cementation glazing: the unfired object is buried in a glazing powder, in a sagger then fired. During firing a glaze is formed directly by chemical reaction on the surface of the body but the glaze mass as a whole does not melt.

Eligibility criteria

Knowledge and experience of either ceramics or additive layer manufacturing is essential, and a knowledge of both will be an advantage.

Eligible candidates will also hold at least an upper second class honours degree and a Masters degree in either arts or engineering subjects.

They must also have a relevant connection with the UK, normally consisting of minimum of three years residence for purposes other than education.

What does the studentship involve?

The student will investigate the use of coloured frits and oxides to try and create as full a colour range as possible. Once developed, the student will investigate, using this body to create a ceramic extrusion paste that can be printed with a low-cost 3D printer such as the Rapman.

A programme of work will be undertaken to determine the best rates of deposition, the inclusion of flocculants and methods of drying through heat whilst printing. The student will undertake a visual and literature search as the field needs to be surveyed, in particular, the archaeological literature for Egyptian Faience recipes and firing methods.

The student will also be expected to produce a range of finished artefacts to demonstrate the potential of the process, both as part of the PhD and to illustrate the potential of the process to audiences.

Candidates will be expected to undertake some travel for research visits and conference attendance both in the UK and overseas as part of this project.

The successful candidate may be expected to undertake some teaching duties.

How to apply

Download and complete the application form and send it directly to the UWE Graduate School. Please ensure you read the application guidance notes before applying.

Please also complete the following forms:

Prospective candidates wishing to informally discuss an application should contact Professor Stephen Hoskins (until 22 June 2012) or Mr David Huson.

This studentship consists of a stipend of £13,590 per annum plus fees.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 17:00 Monday 2 July. Interviews will be held week commencing 9 July 2012.

See further information about the project.

Page last updated 21 June 2012

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