- Fundamental mathematical feedback control systems theory (robust control theory)
Dr Alexander Lanzon
- Consensus control networked agents
Dr Zhengtao Ding
This split university / industrial PhD project offers an exciting opportunity to pursue advanced research in partnership EDF Energy and the University of Manchester. The aim of the project is to advance the state of the art in graphite core inspection techniques and to help EDF Energy to deploy the best possible non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques for inspection of graphite moderator bricks within the UK’s fleet of advanced gas cooled reactors (AGRs). A particular focus of the research may be advanced signal and data processing methods using multi-frequency electromagnetic inspection. The successful candidate will join an established team of scientists working in this area, with a successful track record of research and technology transfer.
Due to funding restrictions candidates must be UK or EU citizens (EU residents must have been resident in the UK for 3 years) and have a 1st or 2i (UK or equivalent) undergraduate degree in a relevant Engineering subject, such as materials, modelling, signal processing and electronics, or Physics or Mathematics. The ideal candidate will also have a strong interest in problem solving with a proven practical ability and be able to work in a multidisciplinary team with physicists, material scientists, application engineers, business managers and end-users.
The award will cover tuition fees at the UK / EU rate. There is also a starting stipend (standard EPSRC rate plus enhancement) of at least £20,000 p.a. (tax free). In addition the company supports the necessary travel and consumable costs associated with the project.
In the first instance, please send a CV and 1 page accompanying statement to Ms Marie Davies, Postgraduate (Research) Admissions, email email@example.com quoting the project reference number UM-EDF-000218
Prof. Tony Peyton, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 0161 306 8716
The purpose of the research is to advance the state of the art in magnetic flux leakage technology to make pipeline inspection as effective as possible and to investigate in how far magnetic flux leakage (MFL) technologies can address the growing challenges of multiple defects in close proximity and individual defects with variable depth profile, which has become a major threat to pipeline integrity in recent years. The project will involve:
We are seeking an ambitious and bright Research Engineer (RE) for a four-year project based between the University of Manchester within the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Non-Destructive Evaluation and PPS, a centre of excellence of Baker Hughes, a GE Company with over 1 million kilometres of pipeline inspected worldwide during the last 35 years. The Centre has close links with UK’s internationally leading Research Centre for Non-Destructive Evaluation (RCNDE) with opportunities for networking with leading researchers and companies in the field. The PPS facility is located near the vibrant city of Newcastle and within easy access to sandy beaches, beautiful Northumberland and North Yorkshire National Parks. This opportunity is based on the Engineering Doctorate career acceleration scheme, which also offers a four-year postgraduate degree programme combining taught modules and a major research project based in industry with both commercial and academic research components. The EngD is equivalent to a PhD awarding the title “Dr”. The work will also involve some time spent at the universities for training modules at the six RCNDE Universities and some international site work.
Applicants should hold (or expect to attain) a 2(i) or higher degree in Physics, Engineering or Materials Science and be interested in industrial inspection technologies. This EPSRC EngD studentship will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. There will be a tax-free EPSRC stipend which, together with a generous top-up from the industrial partner, will provide a total stipend of more than £20k per year, (which is equivalent to taxed starting salary of approximately £25k). Eligibility is restricted to UK/EU applicants with 3 years residency in the UK.
Salary: Over £20k (tax free in most cases), plus tuition fees Looking for an opportunity to combine an industrial career with advanced research leading to a doctorate?
Contact for further information:
Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Tony Peyton, email@example.com.
How to Apply:
Formal applications should be made by sending a CV and covering letter to the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineer PG Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information: https://www.rcnde.ac.uk/
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