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PhD Studentship: Blast Noise Prediction and Management

University of Salford

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Brampton, Salford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Please see details below
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 19th March 2019
Closes: 30th June 2019

The studentship is with the University of Salford and Spadeadam Testing & Research Centre (STaR)

Academic Supervisor: Professor David Waddington

Academic Co-Supervisor: Dr Sabine von Hunerbein

Industrial Supervisor: Paul Cronin

The studentship is fully-funded and includes:

  • Full fee waiver
  • Enhanced stipend of £16444 p.a. for 3½ years, plus paid accommodation at Spadeadam for years 2 and 3
  • Bench fees and consumable costs
  • Funds specifically allocated for conference travel

Final date for applications: 30th June 2019

Interviews will be held on: July/Aug 2019

The candidate must register by 1st September 2019


We are looking for a PhD candidate to work on developing methods for explosive noise impact prediction and management. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake experimental trials, model long-range noise propagation, and develop procedures to manage adverse human impact in the near and far field. The candidate will spend 1 year at the University of Salford followed by 2 years at STaR.


Part of the DNV GL Group, the Spadeadam Testing and Research Centre (STaR) conducts a wide variety of fire, explosion and blast testing for the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables industries. DNV GL’s strategic aim is to make its STaR a world-leading test facility, and to achieve this it is necessary to ensure that the business is not put at risk from adverse reactions to noise in the surrounding areas. Improved noise prediction should allow:

  • Improved scheduling of trials, reducing costs from potential delays.
  • Larger explosion trials to be conducted without generating noise disruption.
  • Extension of the season, increasing the number of trial slots.

The STaR test facility in the North of England is an area of complex meteorology and topography for which existing models are unreliable. This means that the system to make blast noise predictions for the STaR site will need to be the first of its kind in the world.

STaR is likewise interested in researching new ways to reduce risk to hearing from short duration, high-level explosive noise to allow them to best protect their employees, visitors and clients. This will allow STaR to confidently maximise the number of test opportunities while minimising noise risks to hearing.


We are looking for high quality candidates with an expertise in the following areas;

  • Cognate acoustics, mathematical, physics, engineering, meteorology or computer sciences background
  • Good computer programming skills
  • Experience of experimental measurement, preferable environmental noise
  • Highly numerate with experience of data analysis
  • Ability to work independently and within teams
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Funding Eligibility

To be eligible for the full maintenance grant, students must be a UK/EU National or be able to demonstrate a relevant connection with the UK, usually through being ordinarily resident for a period of 3 years immediately prior to the date of application for an award. Member states of NATO will also be considered


Informal enquiries to Professor David Waddington:

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