Opportunities for Doctoral Studies at Bristol Composites Institute and National Composites Centre

Opportunities for Doctoral Studies at Bristol Composites Institute and National Composites Centre

The NCC has supported the Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Composites Manufacture for many years. We are now seeking a high calibre candidate to join our IDC and take up one of four new studentships. You will be based at the Construction & Infrastructure Business Unit at the National Composites Centre (NCC) and will work on pre-commercial, yet industrially focused, cutting-edge research, whilst following a taught programme at University of Bristol.

The projects will be concentrated on NCC’s strategic areas including Low-Carbon Concrete, Sustainability and Digital Engineering.

We are seeking highly motivated engineers with an eye on the future, who are interested in conducting stimulating and essential industrial research in areas such as:

  • Low-carbon concrete, which is essential to reduce the carbon emissions created by the construction industry. The project will develop and test new materials and methods to accelerate the decarbonisation of concrete, contributing to the net-zero ambitions of the UK’s Construction industry.
  • End-of-life recycling supply chain and market demand for recyclate, principally focusing on the market demand involving a technical, economical and environmental (LCA) approach to adapting and developing design guidelines, evaluating processing issues and demonstrating application concepts.
  • Sustainable polymers and composites focusing on materials chemistry bridging the academic research and the increased demand from industry for materials data spanning performance, processing and environmental credibility.
  • Computer modelling of composites manufacturing processes to avoid defects in production and understand the mechanisms that generate defects in automated manufacturing processes.

Benefits

  • Constant flow of cutting-edge ideas between the sponsor company and leading academics within the relevant field.
  • Research Engineers will be part of Bristol Composites Institute (BCI) and have access to the knowledge base created through the taught components and the research supervision.
  • A programme of bespoke Masters-level technical units and business skills training ensures Research Engineers bring considerable specialist knowledge and capability to their project.
  • Access to the range of cutting-edge of equipment, facilities and techniques at the NCC as well as complete access to the Bristol Composite Institute Laboratories.
  • The journey of the Research Engineers is such that they will develop into an independent industry-based researcher able to synergise efforts into strong research outcomes and contributions to knowledge in the field.
  • More detail on available projects can be found here.

Job Requirements

  • These opportunities are available for UK fees eligible candidates with at least a 2:1 MEng or merit at Masters level or equivalent in engineering, physics or chemistry.
  • Applicants without a master’s qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis, provided they hold a first-class undergraduate degree.
  • We are looking for the highest quality UK engineering/ science graduates and practitioners with a strong interest in industry-centred composites manufacturing.
  • We are seeking highly motivated engineers with an eye on the future, who are interested in conducting stimulating and essential industrial research.

How to Apply

If you are interested in making an application, please complete and submit the online form and send your CV and transcript of results to idc-composites@bristol.ac.uk. Selected applicants will be contacted by the IDC team and invited to attend an interview with NCC. Following approval, candidates will then be invited to formally apply to the University of Bristol. For more details on the programme and how to apply, visit our website. For an informal discussion about the programme please contact Professor Janice Barton (janice.barton@bristol.ac.uk).


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