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  Combining Concolic Testing with Machine Learning to Find Software Vulnerabilities in the Internet of Things
  Dr LC Cordeiro
Applications accepted all year round

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Concolic testing is a software verification technique that has been successfully applied to find subtle bugs in embedded software.
  Mechanical and thermal characterisation of composite matrix materials for enhanced simulation, design and manufacture
  Prof R Butler, Prof C R Bowen, Dr A J G Lunt
Application Deadline: 23 September 2019

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Composite materials now make up over 50% of the structural components used in civil aerospace structures. Certification of these components is based on a complex and costly testing routine, which can result in over conservative design and manufacturing requirements.
  Development of a new muscle mechanics model– viscoelasticity and residual force enhancement in human leg muscles during eccentric contraction
  Dr S-H Yeo
Applications accepted all year round

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The goal of this project is to build a new model of muscle contraction called the “winding filament” model.
  Combining nanoparticles, ultrasound and lasers for a new approach to identifying and treating lung cancer
  Dr J R McLaughlan, Dr D Cowell
Application Deadline: 2 August 2019

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This multidisciplinary project will focus on the development and integration of our existing ultrasound hardware with EBUS style transducers and pulse laser illumination, to create a prototype system for testing the potential future clinical use.
  MASTERS BY RESEARCH PROJECT: Testing whether pain underlies the altered behaviour of zebrafish osteoarthritis mutants
  Dr C L Hammond
Applications accepted all year round

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Start 23 September 2019. This MSc by Research is a laboratory-based project which offers the exciting opportunity to spend 1 year in one of our State-of-the-Art laboratories (plus 1 year thesis writing) at the University of Bristol and experience life as a researcher.
  PhD position (4 years) on Non-Destructive Testing of Mechanically Loaded Composites using the Ultrasonic Polar Scan Method
  Prof W VAN PAEPEGEM, Dr M Kersemans
Applications accepted all year round

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We offer a 4-year PhD position in non-destructive testing (NDT) of composites using the Ultrasonic Polar Scan (UPS) method. The Ultrasonic Polar Scan has been developed in our research group, and is a sophisticated inspection method which provides a unique fingerprint of stiffness and/or damage parameters.
  New nano-indentation test methods for safer nuclear structural health monitoring
  Prof N Jennett
Applications accepted all year round

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A collaboration between industry and academia to develop new nano-indentation based testing methods to improve safety of sample transport and testing by radically reducing the volume of radioactive material, for safer structural health monitoring and life extension of nuclear plant.
  Developing and testing models of human tooth shape using dental radiographs
  Prof H Liversidge, Prof F Wong
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. Human teeth vary in shape. The dimensions and shape of teeth from dental radiographs has not been studied in detail. Knowledge of the variation in crown and root dimensions of the mature tooth helps to define abnormal teeth as well as abnormal tooth eruption.
  Adapting and testing the feasibility of an enhanced community-based rehabilitation programme following hip fracture for people with dementia or cognitive impairment
  Prof N Williams
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. Proximal femoral fracture (commonly referred to as hip fracture) is a major health problem in the frail elderly [1], and 42% have cognitive impairment [2].
  Virtual Human-Robot Collaboration: developing an immersive human-robot collaboration testing environment using virtual reality tools
  Prof A Tiwari
Applications accepted all year round

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The aim of this research theme is to develop an immersive human-robot collaboration testing environment using virtual reality tools, such as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and VR CAVEs.
  Non-isolated DC/DC converters based on Modular Multilevel Converters for application in high power DC transmission grids
  Prof D Jovcic
Applications accepted all year round

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Aberdeen HVDC research centre is offering a PhD research project on the topic of high-power DC/DC converters using MMC technology.
  Improving surgical planning in foot and ankle reconstruction through a validated parametric foot model
  Dr P Zioupos, Dr S Junaid
Applications accepted all year round

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Musculoskeletal issues in the feet of growing children result in pain and gait problems during skeletal maturity in adolescence. Many of these cases require surgery to relieve pain and prevent disability in adult life such as joint arthritis.
  Computational Modelling of Biological Visual Processing Utilising MEA Electrode Arrays
  Prof TM McGinnity
Applications accepted all year round

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Over 60 million people worldwide are blind and this number is rising as the global population ages. There are a number of major eye diseases, many of them associated with the retina and in addition many chronic diseases have manifestations in the eye.
  AACE-ASTRO-572: Metal Additive Manufacturing for Space Propulsion
  Research Group: Astronautics
  Dr A N Grubisic
Application Deadline: 31 August 2019

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A unique opportunity for UK & EU residents to undertake a fully funded PhD studentship in the internationally recognized Astronautics Research Group in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at the University of Southampton under the supervision of Dr.
  New generation of brake pads – design and tribological testing (Advert Reference: SF18/MCE/ZABIEGAJ)
  Dr D Zabiegaj
Applications accepted all year round

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Road traffics and industrial processes that are well-known as exhaust emissions producers; however, released Particulate Matter (PM) originates also from a number of non-exhaust processes, brake and tyres, involving corrosion and mechanical abrasion.
  Development of a model oesophagus for drug testing
  Dr A Ghag, Dr H Batchelor
Application Deadline: 26 July 2019

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Background. The oesophagus is the organ that links the mouth to the stomach. It is often described as a simple collapsible tube and is often overlooked in pharmaceutical research as rapid transit is assumed.
  Vibration Absorber Design using Experimental Testing within a Digital Twin
  Dr Z Jiang, Prof S Neild
Applications accepted all year round

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Type of award. PhD Research Studentship. Department. Mechanical Engineering. Scholarship. £15,009 p.a. Duration. 3.5 years. Eligibility.
  Centre for Doctoral Training in Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE)Industrial PhD Studentship in Electromagnetic non-destructive testing for inspecting the microstructure of high performance ferritic steels
  Prof A Peyton
Application Deadline: 31 July 2019

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School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester. Tenaris SA. Applications are invited for an industrial studentship in advanced non-destructive evaluation (NDE) techniques for the inspection and monitoring of microstructure on-line during pipe manufacture leading to the award of a PhD.
  Big Data Analytics and Mining: investigating and testing distributed formulations of data mining algorithms that are suitable for the MapReduce paradigm and for other distributed computing approaches
  Dr G DiFatta
Applications accepted all year round

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Big Data indicates very large and complex data sets that are difficult to process using traditional and sequential data processing applications.
  The evolution of symbiosis - testing the evolutionary theory of ecological conditions driving the emergence of symbioses
  Prof M Brockhurst
Applications accepted all year round

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Symbiosis allows organisms to gain novel functions and exploit new ecological niches through the merger of once independent species.
  Discovery of novel pharmaceuticals from marine and desert microorganisms
  Prof M Jaspars, Dr R Ebel
Applications accepted all year round

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Microorganisms from extreme environments such as the deep seas, cold seas and hyper arid deserts have been shown to produce a range of complex natural products with high biological activity.
  New calcium phosphate bone cements for potential biomaterial applications; bone repair and/or scaffold fabrication
  Prof I Gibson, Prof J M S Skakle
Applications accepted all year round

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Calcium phosphates bone cements are widely used for bone-replacement materials due to their chemical similarity to natural bone but also their ability to set and harden in situ and their ability to be injected as a paste.
  Improving the effectiveness of social advertising
  Research Group: Applied, Social and Health Psychology Research Group
  Dr M Zawisza, Dr D McDermott
Applications accepted all year round

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Research Group. Applied, Social and Health Psychology Research Group - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/science-and-technology/research/our-research-institutes-and-groups/applied-social-and-health-psychology.
  The investigation of the fire risk of clothes contaminated with different skin emollients and paraffin based personal care products
  Research Group: Forensic & Investigative Sciences Research Group
  Dr S Hall, Dr J Morrissey
Applications accepted all year round

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Research Group. Forensic & Investigative Sciences Research Group - https://www.anglia.ac.uk/science-and-engineering/research/institutes-and-groups/forensic-and-investigative.
  Investigation of the fracture behaviour of materials at ambient temperature under quasi-static conditions.
  Dr GR Rothwell
Application Deadline: 19 July 2019

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The outer construction of nuclear transport packages relies heavily on two grades of austenitic stainless steel, 316 and 304. These steels provide excellent material properties at both ambient and elevated temperature primarily due to their post yield ductility and high failure strain.
  PhD Studentship in Mechanical Engineering - Bioprinting for Physiological Micro-tissue Models
  Prof K Dalgarno
Application Deadline: 31 July 2019

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Number of awards. 1. Start date and duration. 23 September 2019 for 3 years. Overview. This studentship will focus on the development of bioprinting techniques to support the development of physiological tissue models for disease modelling and skin toxicity testing.
  Fully-Funded PhD Scholarship in UK Radioactive Waste Thermal Treatment and Environmental Monitoring
  Prof Paul Bingham
Application Deadline: 18 August 2019

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PhD Type

Sheffield Hallam University is offering this challenging and exciting PhD project in radioactive waste immobilisation and monitoring.
  Fully Funded M2A EngD Scholarship: The Effect of Peening on Isothermal and Non-Isothermal Fatigue Behaviour in Nickel Disc Alloy RR1000
  Dr M Whittaker
Application Deadline: 31 August 2019

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PhD Type

Start date. October 2019. Supervisor. Dr M Whittaker. Sponsoring company. Rolls Royce Plc. The project provides opportunity to expand on areas of thermo mechanical fatigue research, and to consider an associated critical issue in high performance nickel alloys, that of surface treatments.
  Metabolic modelling of biofilms in a mixed population
  Dr C Angione
Application Deadline: 23 July 2019

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PhD Fully-Funded Studentship. Studentship code IIIP0005. School of Computing and Digital Technologies. Teesside University and Complement Genomics.
  Personalised rehabilitation for musculoskeletal and spinal pain
  Dr A Rushton, Prof D Falla, Dr N Heneghan
Applications accepted all year round

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Our PhD students are an active part of our Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain (CPR Spine). CPR Spine was established at the University of Birmingham in 2016 following a ~£1M investment awarded to Professor Falla and Dr Rushton.
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