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Postgraduate Research Studentships

This is a really exciting time for anyone considering a career in research within the School of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering. We have just launched two Doctoral Training Centres in “Healthcare Technology” and ”Simulation Intent” in collaboration with some of the biggest engineering and medical device companies  in the world, including Rolls Royce, Airbus  and Smith and Nephew.  These companies have signed up to be involved in this new initiative, where one of the major aims is to provide training for PhD students in skills that they require in senior engineering positions, within their company.  They will have an active role in the projects in terms of the training of the researcher and the exploitation of their results.

Outside of the DTC’s we also have several projects in collaboration with the multinational consumer giant Procter and Gamble and with local companies Bombardier, Creative Composites and Ryobi.  In addition we have some exciting multidisciplinary projects in collaboration with the School of Civil Engineering and the School of Medicine.

Several of the projects have a top-up available to the standard university studentship.  The top-up along with demonstrating duties will bring the stipend value up to £18,500 tax free* and is available to students who have demonstrated excellence during their degree to date, are highly motivated by a career in research and who perform well at the interview stage.

A summary of all of the projects is shown in the table below along with eligibility for funding depending on nationality.

The table summarises which projects are aligned with the DTC’s, and if the funding is available to students who are non uk residents.  For further details on eligibility for funding and useful information for prospective research students please read the information at http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/PostgraduateCentre/PostgraduateFunding/

Further details for each individual project can be found by clicking on the title of the project within the table.

Applications are invited to be made electronically through the Queen’s online application portal at http://go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply

The closing date for applications is 21/02/2014 and interviews are expected to take place week commencing 03/03/201

*breakdown of £18,500 is as follows
Basic stipend: £13,863
Top Up: £3,187
Graduate Teaching Assistant duties: £1450

 

Title Supervisor 1 Supervisor 2 Collaborators Start Date Funding available for UK students Funding available for EU students outside UK Funding available for International Students  Studentship topup available   Linked to a Doctoral Training Centre
Development of Energy Efficient Heating Methods in Stretch Blow Moulding Gary Menary Bao Kha Nguyen Famous multinational consumer goods company

Blow Moulding Technologies
01/10/2014 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Understanding Advanced Composite Material Systems for Compression Moulding Joseph Butterfield Adrian Murphy Creative Composites, Lisburn? 01/04/2014 Yes Yes No Yes No
Laser Processing of Beta Titanium Orthopaedic Implant for Enhanced Wear Resistance and Cell Adhesion Chi Wai Chan Elaheh Ghassemieh   01/10/2014 Yes No No No Yes HealthCare Technologies
Predicting structural failure of FRP-wrapped concrete columns Brian Falzon  

Prof Jian-Fei Chen (Schools of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering)?

01/10/2014 Yes No No No No
Multifunctional nano-enhanced composite aerostructures Brian Falzon Eileen Harkin-Jones   01/10/2014 Yes Yes No Yes No
Optimisation of Acetabular and Femoral Component Placement in Total Hip Arthroplasty Alex Lennon Nicholas Dunne Professor David Beverland, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast
Belfast Arthroplasty Research Trust (BART)
01/10/2014 Yes No No Yes Yes HealthCare Technologies
Sterilisation Challenges for Bioresorbable Medical Devices Eoin Cunningham Fraser Buchanan University of Leeds CDT in Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine; Nordion, Ottawa, Canada; NHSBT, Liverpool, UK; Smith & Nephew Research Centre, York, UK; International Irradiation Association 01/10/2014 Yes No No Yes Yes HealthCare Technologies
Generation of “equivalent” numerical models for the thermo-fluid analysis of aircraft compartments according to the simulation intent Marco Geron Trevor Robinson National University of Ireland, Galway 01/10/2014 Yes No No Yes Yes Simulation Intent
Design of damage-tolerant composite aerostructures Brian Falzon Adrian Murphy   01/10/2014 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Structural thermoplastics for crashworthy applications Brian Falzon Mark Price   01/10/2014 Yes No No No No
Using Simulation Intent to develop a multi-scale modelling algorithm for enhanced capability of commercial purchased FEM software Saurav Goel Cecil Armstrong To be decided 01/10/2014 Yes No No Yes Yes Simulation Intent
Using Simulation Intent for multi-fidelity numerical simulation of composite Compression After Impact testing Damian Quinn Trevor Robinson Bombardier? 01/10/2014 Yes No No Yes Yes Simulation Intent
Using Simulation Intent and geometric reasoning to integrate design and manufacturing Adelaide Marzano Joseph Butterfield   01/10/2014 Yes No No Yes Yes Simulation Intent
Multifunctional Engineered Bone Tissue Scaffolds Using Bottom-Up Nanofabrication Techniques Andrew Hamilton Nicholas Dunne

University of Leeds CDT in Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine

Tulsa University, USA?
01/10/2014 Yes No No Yes Yes  HealthCare Technologies
Innovative Manufacture for Customised Design of Medical Devices Elaheh Ghassemieh Eoin Cunningham University of Leeds CDT in Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine;

SIMTech, Singapore?
01/10/2014 Yes No No Yes Yes HealthCare Technologies
Finite Element modelling of stretch blow moulding for optimal design of packaging Gary Menary Cecil Armstrong Leading Multinational Consumer Goods Company 01/10/2014 Yes No No Yes No
Process optimisation in the high-pressure die casting industry Danielle Soban David Thornhill Ryobi Aluminium Castings (UK) Ltd, INI 01/10/2014 Yes No No Yes No
Production system design of hybrid assembly line Yan Jin Mark Price   01/10/2014 No No Subject to CSC-QUB scholarship No No