How to apply
The Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) has a number of vacancies for Research Engineers (REs) to study for either EngD or PhD degrees, to start between now and October 2018.
Depending upon the project, the RE would be registered for the degree at one of the following Universities:
Bristol, Imperial College London, Manchester, Nottingham, Strathclyde, Warwick
Projects typically involve a mix of experiment and theory, so that a good grounding in physics, practical skills and mathematical ability are all essential.
We have a wide range of project opportunities with our industrial partners, enabling us to provide some choice to fit the interests of applicants. Current projects include:
- Advanced ultrasonic phased array inspection for aerospace structures (Airbus & University of Bristol)
- Methods for NDE of key material properties (AMEC Foster Wheeler & University of Manchester)
- Automated ultrasonic flaw detection & characterisation (AMEC Foster Wheeler & University of Manchester)
- Coded excitation signals for application with NDE ultrasonic arrays (TWI Wales & University of Bristol)
- Advanced tomographic techniques for inspection of composites (TWI Wales & University of Manchester)
- Modelling the ultrasonic response from complex flaws (Rolls-Royce & Imperial College)
- Development of permanent monitoring techniques (Rolls-Royce & Imperial College)
- Ultrasonic array waveguide for live high-temperature inspection (MTC & University of Warwick)
- Pushing the limits of magnetic flux leakage signal evaluation (PII & University of Manchester or Strathclyde)
- Monitoring of crack initiation/growth in nuclear components (AMEC Foster Wheeler & University of Manchester)
- Microwave NDE for submarine fabrication (BAE Systems and University of Manchester)
- Machine learning for submarine NDE (BAE Systems and University of Manchester)
- Structural monitoring of submarine primary structure/steam raising plant (BAE Systems, Imperial College)
- Efficient FEA simulation of ultrasonic complex geometry array immersion inspections (BAE Systems & University of Bristol)
Other projects may also be available – please contact us for more information.
Applicants should have or expect to obtain a 1st class or a good 2.1 degree or Masters in engineering or physical science. In our experience the best candidates can use their knowledge to solve technical problems, are interested in useful research, are well-organised and are good communicators.
A number of studentships each year are fully funded (fees and stipends) by EPSRC. EPSRC funded courses and are open only to UK and EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of the course. More specifically the student must:
- Have settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay, AND
- Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences), AND
- Have not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (this does not apply to UK or EU nationals).
Some studentships will be funded via other routes which will have different residency requirements and may be available to non UK or EU applicants as well.
Non-UK students meeting the academic requirements are also welcome to apply if they are able to self fund the 4 year programme.
Candidates should apply in the first instance to the Administrator, Nina Hancock, by phone on +44 (0) 20 7594 7068 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Alternatively you may contact Professor Keith Newton by email at email@example.com. Please explain why you are interested in studying with the CDT in Non-destructive Evaluation, give any preferences for area of research, company and location in the UK, and attach a CV with full details of all public exams, including A level grades, and all grades and classes from your degree.
If you meet the entry requirements explained above, and your skills, aptitudes and preferences match those of one of the current projects, you will be contacted either by email or telephone to discuss your application further. Shortlisted applicants are then invited for academic and industrial interviews. At the first interview, your scientific knowledge, understanding, and ability to discuss and solve problems will be explored in depth.