PhD Studentship in Lightweight Composite Trailer Design

Department of Engineering

A PhD Studentship is expected to be available to start on 1 Oct 2013 for a suitably qualified candidate to conduct research leading to the award of a PhD degree in the field of composite materials and structural design. The project is within the newly-formed Centre for Sustainable Road Freight, funded by EPSRC and industry. The Centre is a collaboration between the Universities of Cambridge and Heriot-Watt and a number of industrial companies with whom the student will work closely.

The project will explore the benefits to be realised by using composite materials in the context of new lorry trailer axle steering technologies to give novel trailer configurations and reduced underbody drag. The project will address both theoretical design and practical manufacturing issues and will require collaboration with other academic and industrial members of the Centre; thus the candidate should have good interpersonal and practical skills and be prepared for some travel within the UK.

The candidate should be qualified to at least first degree level with an upper second or first class honours degree in an appropriate branch of Engineering (e.g. Mechanics, Materials, Structures). The studentship is fully funded, covering maintenance, College and University fees (home or overseas) for 3 years.

Applications comprising a detailed CV, covering letter and the names and addresses of two referees should be sent by email to Dr Michael Sutcliffe, by 3rd May 2013. Dr Sutcliffe would also welcome informal enquiries. The successful applicant will be required subsequently to submit a standard application to the University (GRADSAF):

Limit of tenure: 3 years.