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University of Bristol - Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £17,109 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 27th October 2021
Closes: 31st December 2021

Imagine structures that can morph their shape or have self-repair functionality embedded within their materials. Smart biomaterials that can be designed to adapt their chemical and mechanical properties in response to changes in physiological parameters.  A sustainable, waste free world.  This could be your future, achieved through the application of high performance advanced composites. 

By joining the Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing (CoSEM  CDT) you will undertake cohort-driven training and cutting-edge research making these technological visions a reality. 

What you’ll be doing

You will participate in a four-year, fully-funded programme. The rewarding first year includes a stimulating series of seminars and lectures, a unique Group Project to design, build, and test a composite structure and an individual three-month research project. This experience will enable you to broaden and deepen your engineering and scientific skills and explore research areas that interest you most, influencing your choice of PhD project towards the end of your first year. 

The Centre covers a wide range of composites research and technical challenges you might explore, which include:

  • computational structural mechanics and the development of novel numerical methods for the study of the mechanical performance of composite structures, supported by data-rich experimentation.
  • advanced composites for extreme engineering environments and new and exciting multifunctional smart materials inspired by nature.
  • novel and innovative manufacturing approaches, to deliver improvements in cost, quality, sustainability, and functionality across a range of industries. 

What you’ll get out of it

The CoSEM CDT has exceptional industrial links, with many of the three-month and PhD projects offered by industrial partners, giving you valuable experience of working with technical industry experts and through international placements. 

You will work in a collaborative and stimulating environment, strengthened by a series of cohort-driven activities, where knowledge-sharing and joint problem solving is the norm. The interdisciplinary nature of the Centre will make you think about problems from a whole new perspective and explore really innovative ideas. 

On completion of the programme you will leave with far more than just a PhD; you will have the skills, knowledge and acumen to become the future technical leaders in advanced composites, be it in academia or industry. 

Candidate requirements:

We’re looking for exceptional students, with at least a high 2:1 Honours degree, from across engineering, science, and computational subjects. 

Funding:

Enhanced EPSRC studentships covering fees and living costs are available to UK, EU, and International students. 

How to apply:

Please make an online application at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/. Select Advanced Composites (PhD) on the Programme Choice page. Start date: September 2022. 

Contacts:

For further information contact: composites-cdt@bristol.ac.uk 

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2022

More about BCI

The CDT was established in 2009 and is based at the Bristol Composites Institute (BCI), a world-leading research Centre at the heart of the UK Government’s Composites Strategy. BCI has over 150 researchers, many working on industrially relevant projects within the aerospace, wind, marine, and automotive industries. BCI works closely with the National Composites Centre (NCC), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University, to explore fully all composites opportunities for the UK.  BCI and the NCC work together to engage students, researchers, industry and funders to provide a seamless route for the exploitation of our research. 

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