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EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantitative NDE

RCNDE UK Research Centre - Postgraduate Opportunities in Non-Destructive Evaluation

Multi-sector, industrially focused Engineering Doctorate and PhD opportunities available across a wide range of practical and theoretical projects – variety of locations possible

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantitative NDE is a partnership between a select group of universities and companies offering a 4-year industrial doctorate designed to launch outstanding graduates into an engineering career. We have funded positions available for PhD and EngD applicants.

The use of non-invasive and non-destructive techniques to determine the integrity of a material, component or structure, or measure some quantitative characteristic of an object. Modern society and its 21st century industries need novel non-destructive evaluation (NDE) technologies to meet new and emerging safety, environmental and engineering challenges. Addressing these challenges will involve a diverse range of research areas, including topics such as:

  • advanced sensor and imaging technologies
  • large-area methods
  • automation & robotics
  • modelling & reliability
  • remote & non-contact NDE
  • new inspection technologies
  • data fusion & visualisation
  • permanently installed sensors

What is an EngD?

A 4-year research degree of equivalent standing to a PhD, and particularly suited to those anticipating choosing a career in industry. Research Engineers are usually based in a company for the majority of their time, where they carry out applied research on one or more topics of interest to the company. During the 4 years, each Research Engineer also spends 6-9 months of advanced technical and professional development courses.

Our industrial partners include large end-users such as Airbus, BAE Systems, NNL, E-ON, EDF Energy, BP, Amec Foster Wheeler and RollsRoyce

Which company?

Our industrial partners include large end-users such as Airbus, BAE Systems, NNL, EDF, BP, AMEC Foster Wheeler, DSTL and Rolls-Royce together with a range of small, medium and large companies that supply equipment, technology and services to these end-users.

Which university?

Research Engineers are registered with one of our university partners (Bristol, Imperial College London, Manchester, Nottingham, Strathclyde or Warwick). A Research Engineer works under the guidance of both academic and industrial supervisors on useful and challenging projects and towards becoming an established career engineer.

Who can apply?

We have a several remaining places available in October 2017 for suitable applicants. You should have a first or upper second class honours degree in engineering, mathematics or a physical science. EU and UK candidates are eligible for full funding, provided they satisfy academic and UK residency criteria. EU candidates will not be eligible to receive a bursary if they fail the residency criterion.

See EPSRC guidelines: www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/. For industrially funded doctorates, qualifying Research Engineers receive a tax-free stipend of well over £18,000, sometimes considerably more. Please contact Nina Hancock [email protected] for application details.

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