PhD Studenthisp in Lightweighting of Trucks

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

A PhD Studentship is available to start on 1 Oct 2017 for a suitably qualified candidate to conduct research leading to the award of a PhD degree in the field of composite materials and structural design for lightweighting of trucks. The project is within The Centre for Sustainable Road Freight, funded by EPSRC and industry. The Centre is a collaboration between the Universities of Cambridge and Heriot-Watt and a number of industrial companies with whom the student will work closely. The project will explore the benefits to be realised by using composite or other lightweight materials to give novel trailer configurations and reduced underbody drag. The project will address both theoretical design and practical manufacturing issues and will require collaboration with other academic and industrial members of the Centre; thus the candidate should have good interpersonal and practical skills and be prepared for some travel within the UK. There is also the opportunity to conduct some research with a collaborator in the US.

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, a first-class degree in Engineering or a relevant subject in the Physical Sciences or Mathematics with skills in mechanical modelling and materials. Applicants with a 2.1 will be considered. The project is applied and will interest someone who wishes to see their work make an impact in the near future on CO2 emissions.

Full funding is available for a home, EU or overseas student covering all fees and maintenance for three years. Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Michael Sutcliffe (

To apply please send your C.V. and a covering letter to Dr Sutcliffe ( to arrive no later than 15th Dec 2016.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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