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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Innovation in Non-Destructive Evaluation (FIND-CDT)

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Queen’s Building, University Walk, Bristol BS5 9NN, United Kingdom

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Innovation in Non-Destructive Evaluation (FIND-CDT) is a partnership between a group of leading universities (Bristol, Imperial College London, Manchester, Nottingham, Strathclyde and Warwick) offering a four-year, industrially-linked doctoral training programme designed to launch you into an engineering career

The Centre provides exciting opportunities for collaborative industry–university research in advanced sensor and imaging technology, and is designed to launch outstanding graduates into an engineering career.

Why study with us

  • Enhanced four-year studentships of ~£18,000 per annum living stipend (tax free).
  • Payment of all (home) tuition fees.
  • A substantial consumables and travel budget to support additional specialist research training courses, secondments, purchase of specialist equipment and travel to international conferences.
  • Industry-sponsored cutting-edge research projects.
  • State-of-the-art research facilities at leading UK universities.
  • Opportunities for overseas secondments to industrial partners and universities.
  • Access to a network of high-calibre industrial partners of the Centre.
  • Excellent career prospects on completion.

Training and development
The training begins with a residential course on the industrial context of NDE, including lectures, hands-on NDE activities, industrial visits, networking and a start to the mentoring programme. This combination of courses will develop your technical-knowledge breadth and underpinning skills, equipping you for success in your future engineering career. Residential courses are delivered by world-expert academics in the area of NDE and are also an excellent opportunity to socialize and network with fellow students.

What we are looking for
Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first, good 2.1 or Master’s degree in engineering or physical science. In our experience, the best candidates can use their knowledge to solve technical problems, are interested in useful research, are well organized and are good communicators.

An enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Good team working, observational and communication skills are essential. Applicants are required to meet the entry requirements at the institution for which they will be based.

University of Bristol, Imperial College London, University of Manchester, University of Nottingham, University of Strathclyde, University of Warwick

Number of researchers
50 + academics and research engineers

Positions recently recruited for
EngD studentships: coded excitation of ultrasound for improved signal acquisition in pipeline inspection robots; robotic inspection of complex welds; PhD studentships: AI methods-automated defect recognition of ultrasonic data in NDT; ultrasonic inspection for complex geometry

Desired degree disciplines/class
A first, good 2.1 or a Master’s degree in engineering, mathematics or physical science

Eligible to study in the UK

How to apply
For information on how to apply please visit our website

Closing date
For closing dates on individual projects, please visit


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