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PhD in Robotics for Aerospace NDE Inspection


   Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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  Prof S.G. Pierce  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Fully Funded – Enhanced Stipend – Industry Sponsored

EPSRC CDT in Future Innovation in Non-Destructive Evaluation 

The University of Strathclyde is offering a fully funded (with enhanced stipend) PhD studentship in the area of Robotics and Non-destructive Evaluation , to a suitably qualified student with a background in engineering/ physics/ computer science and programming. You will have access to state-of-the art robotics hardware, including the latest collaborative robot systems and mobile robot platforms widely deployed in industry. 

You will have an interest in robot navigation/ positioning and control, sensor systems and applied measurement systems. The studentship is incorporated in the FIND CDT, https://www.find-cdt.ac.uk/  giving you access to a wide range of training and networking opportunities in NDE. The training covers both technical and transferable skills. The networking includes an annual student conference as well as technology transfer workshops with industry.

Working with our global aerospace partner (Spirit AeroSystems) – you will have opportunity to integrate and network globally to conduct high quality novel research linked closely to industry applications and impact.  Typical applications areas are in ultrasonic and electromagnetic non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of composite materials used in wing and fuselage fabrication. 

You will work with an established and dynamic team of researchers in the new robotics hub established at Strathclyde University dedicated to in-process automated sensing. https://www.strath.ac.uk/whystrathclyde/news/state-of-the-art-roboticsensinghubsettolaunchautumn/ and linked to a new Research Chair sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Spirit AeroSystems Ltd. (https://www.strath.ac.uk/whystrathclyde/news/engineerawardedresearchchair/).

This new facility is a £2.6M state-of–the art robotics and sensing hub that supports non-destructive testing and measurement in the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering (CUE). The lab is closely linked with the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS), https://www.nmis.scot/ and the new Aerospace Innovation Centre https://www.spiritaero.com/programs/research-technology/research-centers/ established by Spirit AeroSystems at their Prestwick manufacturing facility.  

Applications are welcomed from a wide variety of disciplines and experience; you will have an engineering/ physics/ computer science and programming background; qualified to 1st class or 2(1) degree level.

Please contact Professor Gareth Pierce at Strathclyde for more details -

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