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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science

Four-Year PhD Advanced Composites Programme

Imagine shape-changing aircraft, cars or wind-turbines which have thermal management, sensing, actuating and self-repair functionality embedded within their materials and structures. In ten years’ time, this could be possible through the application of high performance advanced composites. This is the future, do you want to be part of it?

By joining the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT) you will undertake cohort-driven training and cutting-edge research making these technological visions a reality.

What you’ll be doing

You will participate in a four-year, fully-funded programme. The rewarding first year includes a stimulating series of seminars and lectures, a unique hands-on Group Project to design, build and test a composite structure and an individual six-month research project. This experience will enable you to broaden and deepen your core engineering skills and explore those research areas that interest you most. Towards the end of your first year you will choose your PhD project.

The Centre covers a wide range of composites research and technical challenges you might explore include:

  • developing novel solutions to enhance composite performance
  • increasing composite functionality; and
  • developing the design methodology and innovative application of 'next generation composite materials'.
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science

What you’ll get out of it

The ACCIS CDT has exceptional industrial links, with many of the six-month and PhD projects offered by industrial partners, providing opportunities to gain valuable experience by working with technical industry experts and through international placements. You will be working in a collaborative and stimulating environment, strengthened by the cohort-driven activities in the first year, where knowledge-sharing and joint problem solving is the norm. The interdisciplinary nature of the Centre will make you think about problems from a whole new perspective and explore really innovative ideas.

On completion of the programme you will leave with far more than just a PhD; you will have the skills, knowledge and acumen to become the future technical leaders in advanced composites, be it in academia or industry.

More about ACCIS

The CDT was established in 2009 and is based in the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS), a world-leading research centre at the heart of the UK Government Composites Strategy. ACCIS has over 100 researchers, many working on industrially relevant projects within the aerospace, wind, marine, and automotive industries. Current grants exceed £20M and involve strong partnerships with Airbus, dstl, GKN, Rolls-Royce and Vestas.

How to apply

Click on the Apply Online button below and select ‘PhD Advanced Composites’ on the Programme Choice page.

At this point in the year we are recruiting for one final student to join our 2016 cohort, and are only able to consider applicants from the UK with engineering backgrounds. We are looking for an exceptional student with (or expecting to receive) at least a high 2.1 honours degree.

Enhanced EPSRC studentships covering fees and living costs are available to UK students.

Applications deadline: Friday 29th July 2016

Start date: September 2016.


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