EngD Studentship: Process Innovation in Aircraft Bearing Components

University of Warwick - EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing

Supporting Company: SKF (U.K.) Limited

WMG, University of Warwick and SKF (U.K. Limited) are seeking a top class candidate to undertake research leading to the award of an International Engineering Doctorate awarded jointly by the Universities of Warwick, Exeter and Cranfield.

As a ‘research engineer’ on our International Doctorate programme you will have unrivalled access to some of the best teaching and industrial expertise in the world, across three universities. While you will be based at University of Warwick and SKF (U.K. Limited), you will also spend time at Exeter and Cranfield Universities to give you the broadest possible experience. You will emerge from the four-year programme more confident and better equipped to make a difference to your company and the global marketplace.

This opportunity also provides a substantial tax free stipend equivalent to many graduate jobs.


SKF are developing new sustainable products and processes associated with their aircraft bearings business.

There is an opportunity for an EngD candidate at WMG, University at Warwick to focus on developing SKF’s injection moulding and related manufacturing processes for polymeric based components and component parts, in order to set up new production facilities within the UK considering the entire process including raw materials, equipment, facilities and costs.

It is envisaged that the main scope of the project will be focused mainly on innovation in the manufacturing processes and be process oriented.

The candidate will be required to travel and work at WMG, University of Warwick for short periods, but the EngD will be primarily based at Clevedon with the opportunity to visit other SKF sites worldwide for example in Netherlands or USA as part of the EngD.

Business Need and Opportunity

Cost effective alternative manufacturing solutions for aircraft bearings, which also extend the product lifetimes, present an exciting new business opportunity.

Entry Requirements


Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent) in an engineering or related discipline.


  • High levels of innovative thought and lateral thinking
  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong practical engineering and problem solving skills
  • Self-motivated, capable of working with minimal guidance and supervision, and within a team.
  • Enthusiasm for the subject and an interest in the aerospace sector.

Due to funding regulations this project is open to Home/EU students only.

The Studentship

Qualifying students an attractive enhanced stipend which could be tax and NI free depending on your personal circumstances, paid by the Centre and topped up by a contribution from SKF (U.K. Ltd). For 2017 this totals approximately £19,000 tax free per annum.

The funding is for four years and will also cover University tuition fees and all course fees as well as a travel allowance to attend courses.


To apply please complete our online enquiry form and upload your CV.

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