PhD scholarships for industrial collaborative PhD projects starting October 2021-22

The SME doctoral training network brings together PhD researchers, academics and industrial scientists and engineers to focus on collaborative research projects which are directly applicable to industrial challenges.

See below for our list of 5 projects for 2021-2022 and please note the application deadlines:

Materials Physics Group, University of Sussex, Advanced Material Development and Rapiscan:  Ceramic Based Conducting Composites and Coatings to Eliminate Detrimental Charging During X-Ray Bombardment. The project will develop both coatings and composites with adjustable electrical and thermal conductivities. Structure property relationships will be analysed using a range of techniques including photoelectron spectroscopy, mechanical spectroscopy and electron microscopy. The materials robustness to X-ray exposure will be tested as a function nanoparticle inclusion. Prototype structures will be fabricated and tested.  This studentship has now been filled (April 2022). 

University of Hertfordshire and 3-Sci EngD Project:  The development of a portfolio of distributed condition management sensors for wind turbines and carbon storage infrastructure.  This studentship has now been filled (April 2022).

University of Kent and Body Rocket: Machine learning for optimisation of cycling performance using real-time aerodynamics.  Applicants are invited to undertake a 3 year PhD program in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kent in partnership with Body Rocket Ltd. The project aims to develop machine learning algorithms for real-time monitoring of aero dynamic drag, allowing cyclists to adjust their on-bike position dynamically for optimal performance. This studentship has now been filled (April 2022).  

University of Surrey, Leo Cancer Care and NPL:  To develop a quantitative rationale for frequency & tolerance of QA programmes for current & state-of-the-art radiotherapy delivery technologies, requiring the development of innovative methodologies to quantify the effect of tolerance levels & to assess clinical impact & patient outcomes.  This studentship has now been filled (October 2021).

University of Sussex and DSTL:  Hybrid quantum communication and sensing networks.  Applicants are invited to undertake a 3.5-year PhD programme in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sussex in partnership with DSTL to investigate the theory of quantum communication and sensing networks. Deadline to apply 31 July 2022.  For further details and to apply see here.