EPSRC Innovative Metal Processing Centre for Doctoral Training (IMPaCT) - PhD Studentships 2017

16 Fully-Funded PhD studentships with Industrial Top-Up for September 2017 entry (EPSRC Studentships)

IMPaCT LogoTraining the Future Leaders in Metal Processing

The Innovative Metal Processing Centre for Doctoral Training Centre (IMPaCT) was created to train future leaders who are able to fully exploit and deploy innovative metal processing techniques in industry. It brings together world-class metals research teams from the universities of Leicester, Birmingham, and Nottingham along with 14 industrial and international partners.

The Centre has secured significant financial support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the universities, and our industrial partners including GE (Alstom Power), Doncasters Group, Rolls-Royce, STFC, Tata Steel, and TWI.

These sixteen enhanced EPSRC studentships will pay fees, travel expenses, and an annual stipend of at least £14,553 for four years - plus the possibility of an industry top-up of up to £4,000 each year for UK students. Funding is also available to a limited number of exceptional international (non-UK) applicants.

Studentships and Training

These studentships will provide a four-year integrated training programme. In the first year you will undertake a range of Masters level training modules covering technical and transferable skills, involving all three universities. There will also be the opportunity to complete a period of work experience with our industrial partners. In the following three years, you will carry out research for a PhD in a specific topic using appropriate research facilities in the three universities and spending time working with your industrial partners.

IMPaCT will provide the integrated experimental, analytical, modelling, and transferable skills training which is required for innovation in industry. Beyond this, there will be a range of student-led events, including mini-symposia, workshops, and summer schools. Studying metal processing at IMPaCT will be invigorating, challenging, and rewarding. You will nurture friendships, forge new research directions, and develop the skills and expertise required for a fulfilling career leading the UK aerospace and energy sectors to new levels of innovation and added value.

Research Projects

The metals industry accounts for 46% of all EU manufacturing value and 11% of the EU’s total GDP. This equates to an added value of about €1.3 trillion annually, or €3.5 billion per day in the EU. However, many companies in the UK find that the lack of well-trained metals engineers remains a major concern for high-value manufacturing industry - such as the aerospace, power generation, gas and oil, and offshore engineering sectors.

The successful applicants will undertake PhD research alligned with the Centre's core research themes:

  • Casting - e.g., investment casting of Ni-base alloys for aerospace and power generation applications
  • Welding - including novel dissimilar welding and joining techniques for gas and oil transportation systems
  • Surface Engineering - e.g., advanced functional coating, surface modifications for turbine applications
  • Near Net-Shape Forming - including laser assisted metal forming, novel hot isostatic pressing
  • Synthesis of Nanomaterials - e.g., synthesis of nanoparticles for advanced materials and coatings
  • Characterisation and Performance Evaluation of power generation and aerospace materials and structures
  • Modelling of Metal Processing - e.g., multi-scale multi-physics modelling of 3D printing, casting, welding

Entry Requirements

We are looking for exceptional applicants, with or about to obtain at least a high 2:1 honours degree, from across all engineering and science subjects.

Applicants must also meet the University's standard English language requirements.

These studentships are available to applicants who meet the EPSRC residency criteria - i.e., normally UK/EU nationals. Students from EU countries other than the UK will generally be eligible for a fees-only award.

However, IMPaCT will support the very best students wherever they may come from (EU, international or otherwise) and there will be a small number of arising for those individuals who would not normally meet the eligibility requirements for EPSRC funding. Exceptional international applicants are encouraged to contact IMPaCT for advice.

The studentships are available for full-time registration only and applicants must be able to start in September 2017.

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries are welcome - please email impact@le.ac.uk

Apply Now

Applicants should apply via the IMPaCT website (www.impact.ac.uk) - not the University website, please see the IMPaCT application form. Applicants must upload with their application a complete curriculum vitae.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 21 July 2017.

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