Industry-Led PhD Studentships

Employer: NSIRC
Job location
Great Abington, Cambridge
Job salary
Up to £24k per annum scholarship
Job term
Fixed Term
Job closing date

Providing a direct path from academia to industry is one of the key attributes that NSIRC seeks to provide. Through the structure of the postgraduate courses on offer, the organisation is able to create an environment that provides important academic learning, as well as crucial training for industry, with students working on live projects and within their chosen fields. The impact of this means that when a student finishes their academic course and moves into a business, the training needed to adapt the student to a working, industry environment is already complete, allowing them to be effective within their new position from day one.

NSIRC advances fundamental research to support the following objectives:

  • Safe operation of products and structures
  • Development of innovative, fit-for-purpose technologies and design rules
  • Engineering solutions for long-term asset management

To achieve these objectives, NSIRC is pursuing advancements in areas including: risk-based management, engineering critical assessment, non-destructive testing, structural health and condition monitoring, and health management for use in industrial applications.

Studying with NSIRC

NSIRC is based on Granta Park in Great Abington, Cambridge. Students are based in Cambridge for the majority of the programme. A number of fully-funded PhD scholarships are available for UK and EU students, and partial scholarships for International students with a strong interest in fundamental and applied research.

Application of diagnostic methods in order to monitor the ageing process and life prediction in polymers.

Multimodal Drones for Remote Inspection of Inaccessible Vertical Surfaces

Development of collapse resistant Polymeric (PE-RT) liner in steel pipes for sour hydrocarbon applications at 90ºC and 1500psi

Approaches to Industry 4.0 implementation for electron beam quality assurance using Beam Assure

Wire and arc additive manufacture for maritime constructions. Assessment of structural integrity and degradation in service environments

Developing a model to predict fatigue limit of AM materials

Local detection of hydrogen in steels using neutron diffraction imaging

Protection of offshore wind turbines using low-cost, damage tolerant, sacrificial coatings (ProCoat)

Composite casing with variable thermal conductivity for passive cooling of battery elements

In-process quality monitoring of friction stir welding

Readiness to manufacture with electron beam additive manufacture and beam probing (BeamAssure) technology

Electron beam welding process quality prediction using BeamAssure technology

Crack Tip Constraint in Typical High Strength Steel Components in Arctic Conditions

Investigation on improvement of corrosion monitor reliability, calibration and coverage

Development of methods to evaluate dynamic fracture toughness of metallic materials at very high loading rates under conditions of limited plastic deformation

Application of Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics in Quantifying the Role of Welding Residual Stress in Fracture Assessment

Effect of partial pressure of hydrogen on high temperature vacuum brazing

Embedded Carbon Fibre Transition Zones for Metal-Composite Hybrid Joints

Fracture Toughness Scaling Model to Assess Changes in Crack-tip Constraint

Near net shape manufacturing of complex titanium structure by powder metallurgy hot isostatic pressing

Research Studentship in Hydrogen Embrittlement of Austenitic Stainless Steels

Recycling of thermoset resins via the development of a solvent trigger de-curing system

Structural Longevity for advanced marine vehicles in extreme environments

Chemistry-based Modelling of CO2 Corrosion in High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) Conditions

The potential of Friction Stir Welding (FSW) and Friction Stir Channelling (FSCh) in the Design and Manufacture of Two-Phase Heat Exchangers

A Novel technique for handling missing data for structural health monitoring of HIC/SOHIC


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