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Current funded PhD projects

TWI South Wales (associated with the Universities of Manchester and Birmingham)

£20,000 per annum (tax free)

Looking for an opportunity to combine industrial experience with a research project leading to a doctorate?

This Engineering Doctorate is a four year postgraduate degree programme combining taught modules and a major research project based in industry with both industrial and academic supervision, which is equivalent to a PhD awarding the title “Dr”. The project is concerned with developing an eddy current (EC) technique for the non-destructive detection of cracks, and damage accumulation, in Ti fan blades used in aero-engines.

The work is based in TWI Ltd ECM2, S. Wales, minutes from the M4, within easy access to sandy beaches, beautiful welsh hills and only 30 minutes from the vibrant city of Cardiff. The work will also involve some time spent at the universities for training modules and to carry out relevant research using the facilities available.

Sept 2012 Start-Developing technology to understand physiological processes of ageing leading to frailty

Closing date 25 November 2011

The purpose of this PhD is to develop a cost effective multi-parameter physiological sensor that enables researchers to measure changes in to an older person’s activity patterns. The ability to measure physiological parameters over time has the potential to provide further information on the ageing process, which enables these to be addressed at various levels within Biosciences. The PhD project will develop a functional prototype sensor based on optoelectronic and optical fibre sensor instrumentation, capable of defining physiological activity patterns and will provide opportunities to acquire skills in developing technology making this project an ideal platform to progress onto a post-doctoral research career path. It is suitable for a graduate in Engineering or Physical Science with interests in application of technology to bioscience.

see http://www.dtpstudentships.ls.manchester.ac.uk/howtoapply/

for details of the application process

Funding Notes:Applicants must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a first or upper second class UK honours degree, or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology.

The studentship provides funding for fees and stipend at the Research Council UK rate and are available to eligible UK and EU nationals (due to funding criteria, EU nationals MUST have resided in the UK for three years prior to commencing the studentship). EU applicants that have not resided in the UK for three years prior to commencing the studentship, are eligible for a ‘fees only’ studentship.
For further details see http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=7064&LID=1040



About Patricia Scully

Senior Lecturer in Sensor Instrumentation in The Photon Science Institute and the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science. Senior academic with experience of leading industrial and research council/government funded research projects at national and international level. Research interests: Optical sensing and measurement Photonic devices Optical fibre sensors Femtosecond lasers for photonic structuring Polymer optoelectronics Assistive technology for healthcare applications Polymer optical fibre Optical fibre technology Distributed sensing Functional optical coatings Energy harvesting and wireless monitoring


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