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PhD in Engineering: Optimisation for novel structural-material configuration

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Key facts

Application deadline 30 September 2018
Start date January / April / July / October 2018
Duration 3.5 years full time
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

The primary approach of interest is topology optimisation using the level set method to produce new and unintuitive design. The method is applicable at materials and structural scale, the coupling of scales and/or multiple physics (such as structural and electromagnetics) for multifunctional structures. Materials may be composites, metal or smart. This project is primarily numerical and computational in nature, with an interest in finite element and/or PDE systems. A keen enthusiasm to learn engineering optimisation based on multivariable calculus is required. The primary tasks will be conducted by programming in C/C++.

The PhD is placed in an active research group located both at Cardiff University and the University of California, San Diego and will require travelling between the two institutions. However, the degree awarding institution and primary base will be Cardiff University. Working collaboratively and cooperating with the research group and external collaborators will be essential to the success of the project.



Postgraduate Research Admissions, School of Engineering

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

Eligibility criteria

Residency Open to all students of any nationality without restrictions (UK/EU and International)
Academic criteria

Candidates should hold or expect to gain a First class or a good 2.1 MEng degree and/or an appropriate Master’s level qualification (or their equivalent) in a relevant subject area (such as Engineering, Physics, and Applied Mathematics).


Postgraduate Research Admissions, School of Engineering

In the first instance interested applicants are invited to send a CV and covering letter to

Please ensure that you quote the studentship reference 'ENG-HAK-2' in the subject field.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit an online application form.

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Postgraduate Research Admissions, School of Engineering

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