Multi-Sector, Industrially Focused Engineering Doctorate and PhD Opportunities

Imperial College London

Engineering for a safer world: multi-sector, industrially focused Engineering Doctorate and PhD opportunities

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantitative NDE is a partnership between a select group of universities and companies offering a 4-year industrial doctorate designed to launch outstanding graduates 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 based in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics and Imaging Sciences Departments in the participating universities.

We have funded positions available for PhD and EngD applicants.

What is NDE?
Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) 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 & gas, aerospace, defence and high value manufacturing.

What is an EngD?
A 4-year research degree of equivalent standing to a PhD, and particularly suited to those anticipating choosing a career in industry. Research Engineers are usually based in a company for the majority of their time, where they carry out applied research on one or more topics of interest to the company. During the 4 years, each Research Engineer also completes a range of cohort-based advanced technical courses delivered by world leading NDE experts, together with professional development courses. Research Engineers are encouraged to present at international conferences, and at regular Research Centre events to audiences of key industrial representatives. Networking at funded workshops encourages collaboration across departments and disciplines, reflecting the wide range of scientific skills practised within the field of NDE.

Which university?
Research Engineers are registered with one of our university partners (Bristol, Imperial College London, Manchester, Nottingham, Strathclyde or Warwick). A Research Engineer works under the guidance of both academic and industrial supervisors on useful and challenging projects and towards becoming an established career engineer.

Who can apply?
We have several remaining places available in October 2017 for suitable applicants. You should have a first or upper second class honours degree in engineering, mathematics or a physical science. EU and UK candidates are eligible for full funding, provided they satisfy academic and UK residency criteria. EU candidates will not be eligible to receive a bursary if they fail the residency criterion.

See EPSRC guidelines: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/ For industrially funded doctorates, qualifying Research Engineers receive a tax-free stipend of well over £18,000, sometimes considerably more.

Projects
We have a range of projects and industrial sponsors for applicants to choose. Current projects include:

  • Acoustic emission NDE for aircraft landing gear (Airbus & University of Bristol)
  • Advanced tomographic techniques for inspection of composites (TWI Wales/University of Manchester)
  • Ultrasonic array waveguide for live high temperature inspection (Manufacturing Technology Centre & University of Warwick)
  • Development of methods for monitoring material degradation (AMEC Foster Wheeler & University of Manchester)
  • Microwave NDE for submarine fabrication (BAE Systems & University of Manchester)
  • Structural monitoring of submarine primary structure/steam raising plant (BAE Systems & Imperial College)
  • Local guided-wave ultrasonic inspection with limited access (EDF Energy & Imperial College)
  • Pushing the limits of magnetic flux leakage signal evaluation for pipeline inspection (PII Pipeline Solutions, GE Oil and Gas & University of Manchester)

Other projects may be available – contact us for the latest details.

Applications
Please contact Nina Hancock n.hancock@imperial.ac.uk for application details.

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