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FUSE EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Ultrasonic Engineering


Fully-funded 4-year PhD and EngD in Ultrasonic Engineering

The next recruitment round deadline for applications will be 31 July

Due to COVID-19 all candidate interviews will be conducted by video conference. Successful offer holders that accept a FUSE studentship will be invited to visit FUSE CDT at University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde in due course.

The universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde have combined research expertise across medical and industrial ultrasonic engineering to lead the Centre of Doctoral Training in Future Ultrasonic Engineering (FUSE), the largest academic ultrasonic engineering unit in the world.


Alongside over 20 ultrasonics academics, we are seeking PhD and EngD students to join FUSE and work with 30 external organisations, from innovative microcompanies to exciting multinationals, on real projects, enabling systematic training of a new generation of leaders in ultrasonics research, engineering, and product development.

Our ambition is to create a training and research powerhouse in ultrasonics at the global forefront of the field.

Each cohort of students will benefit from:

  • a year’s foundation training and introduction to ultrasonic engineering
  • industry speakers and visits introducing them to real-world problems and future employers
  • a three-year research project in collaboration with at least one of the CDT partners, which includes industries, NHS, and overseas universities
  • opportunities to work with partners, or visit conferences, overseas
  • professional skills development such as data management, time management, and communications

Programme and benefits

Ultrasonics is the science and technology of sound at frequencies above the audible range. It is vitally important across many sectors, including:

  • medical and industrial imaging
  • treatments and processes
  • cleaning
  • robotics
  • sonar
  • haptics
  • energy transfer
  • communications

The multiple needs of these varied sectors will be met by novel ultrasonics research in:

  • materials
  • microfabricated devices
  • mircoelectrics
  • instrumentation
  • software and applications

To take health as an example, more than 9M ultrasound scans are performed by the NHS in England every year.

Funding and eligibility

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK/EU applicants and a stipend at the Research Council rate (£15,245 for Session 2020/21). To be eligible for a fully funded studentship you must be a UK citizen or an EU national who has been resident in the UK for the past three years.

Applicants must have or expect to obtain the equivalent of a 1st or 2.1 degree in an appropriate engineering or science discipline.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

FUSE has placed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the heart of its activities, believing that this is the way to increase research productivity and quality and to enhance societal and economic impact. We offer part-time studentships, funding to support applications from under-represented backgrounds, SIMD bursary’s, childcare support for conference attendance, flexible working for carers, as well as prompting a work-life balance. In addition, students will be supported to become STEM ambassadors.

The universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, and our external partners are fully committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through the University of Glasgow online application system. You will be required to submit a cover letter, CV, two references and your transcript/degree certificate.

Application deadline: 31st July 2020

Applications submitted after this period will still be considered, subject to the availability of places.

Please visit our website for further details about the FUSE CDT and how to apply.

For enquires please email [email protected]

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