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A Studentship for Fibre based needle ultrasonics

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  • Full or part time
    Prof M Clark
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

An EPSRC iCASE PhD studentship is available together with NDEvR ( and Rolls Royce Aeroengines to develop needle ultrasonics techniques.

The aim of the research project is to develop ultrasonic transducers smaller than a grain of salt at the end of a fibre that can be used to delve deep into engines through tiny access holes normally considered inaccessible to ultrasonics and endoscopes. This project will leverage optical fibre ultrasonic inspection technologies being developed for bio-medical applications and re-engineer them for industrial applications.

The main theme of the research project encompasses many different fields, including:
• Laser ultrasonics, PS-ultrasonics
• Optics and optical fibres
• Numerical and analytical analysis of EM and elastic waves
• Data acquisition and signal processing
• Practical precision engineering and microfabrication
• Working with industry
• High and low level computer programming and electronics

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a highly creative and practical approach to problem solving, a passion for creating solutions that work in the real world, possess excellent communication skills, be enthusiastic and highly motivated and interested in taking ideas from the back of an envelope all the way through to application in industry. Examples of some of the work we are doing in this area can be found at:

Students should have a 1st class or 2:1 undergraduate degree, or a Masters degree in a related area such as physics or engineering.

Funding Notes

The studentship will cover PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend for four years (including at least three months industrial placement) for UK students and fees only for EU students subject to EPSRC eligibility criteria (
Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof Matt Clark

Formal applications should be submitted with a CV, a brief statement of your research interests, and with names and email addresses of two referees, addressed (referencing these studentships) to Clare Hollingworth, Postgraduate Administrator, Faculty of Engineering, via the link below.

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