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PhD and EngD Positions in Non-Destructive Evaluation

A four-year programme that will equip you with the skills needed to succeed in a career in industry. Each student completes a range of cohort-based advanced technical courses and also courses on innovation and entrepreneurship, all delivered by world-leading experts

  • Closing date: 31 Dec 2020
  • United Kingdom | The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Innovation in Non-Destructive Evaluation (FIND-CDT)
  • Date posted: 30 Jul 2020
  • Job type: Academic: PhD/MSc
  • Discipline: Engineering & instrumentation

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 CDT has close links to the UK’s internationally leading Research Centre for Non Destructive Evaluation (RCNDE) with a vibrant network of more than 250 researchers across a range of disciplines.

What is NDE?

Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) is likely the most important discipline you have not heard of; without it, planes would not fly and power stations would not generate power. It employs sensor and imaging technology to assess the condition of components, plant and engineering structures of all kinds during manufacture and in-service. This key technology area underpins the safe and sustainable future of a broad cross-section of UK industry, including power generation, oil and gas, aerospace, defence and high-value manufacturing.

We have a range of projects and industrial sponsors for applicants to choose from. Projects fall into three broad themes:

  • The Future NDE technologies theme will focus on the physics and engineering of the sensing transducers, imaging and processing methods.
  • Future infrastructure NDE will be driven by the need to reduce manual inspection through increased use of robotic manipulators and permanently installed systems.
  • Future manufacturing inspection places speed and automation at its core which must be seamlessly integrated, including into fast-moving production lines.

PhD or EngD?

Both routes mean a four-year programme that will equip you with the skills needed to succeed in a career in industry. All our projects are linked to industry, with EngD students based in a company for a significant proportion of their time, while PhDs are based primarily in the university. During the four years, each student completes a range of cohort-based advanced technical courses and also courses on innovation and entrepreneurship, all delivered by world-leading experts. Students present their research at national and international conferences, and at regular events to audiences from across industry. Networking workshops also provide an opportunity for collaboration across disciplines, reflecting the wide range of scientific skills needed within this area.

Benefits

  • Enhanced four-year studentships of £16,877 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, seminars and workshops.
  • Industry-sponsored, cutting-edge research projects.
  • Wide choice of EngD and PhD projects ranging from applied to blue-sky research.
  • 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 FIND-CDT.
  • Excellent career prospects on completion.

Applications

You should have a first or upper second class honours degree in engineering, mathematics or a physical science. More details are available on our website or you can e-mail us at find-cdt@bristol.ac.uk.

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