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turbineWe are currently recruiting graduate Engineers and Scientists, who have obtained, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree, to join the Integrated Tribology Centre for Doctoral Training at the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds, in October 2014. The funding is only available to UK nationals. The Centre is funded by the EPSRC and aims to tackle the problems that face industry today, to develop new technologies and skills that will benefit all partners.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with leading academics at both Universities and also supporting industrialists including, Rolls Royce, Siemens, National Physical Laboratory, Network Rail/RSSB/ATOC, Afton, Infineum, and Ricardo. You will be able to choose a PhD project that either aligns closely with a single partner, or more generic project that is of fundamental application to all industry partners.

xrayWhat is Tribology?


Tribology is all about friction, wear, and lubrication. The science behind how things move and slide over each other. It is fundamental to the modern world. Car engines need advanced lubricants to save fuel and reduce emissions. Wind turbines rely on healthy bearings and gearboxes. Railway track wears out and fatigue cracks form. The aging population needs prosthetic joints that will last a longer. Tribology is a fascinating subject – so vital to the world around us but so few people know what it is. Join the elite who study this and make a difference.

 What is iT-CDT?


The iT-CDT is a training and research centre for PhD students. There is a cohort of 12 students per year and a team of academic and industrial partners. The Centre brings the brightest postgraduate research engineers, academic staff, technical experts and industrial partners together in a unique world-leading research environment. Their aim is to tackle the challenging problems that face industry today, and develop new technologies and skills to benefit all partners.

electric toothbrushApplicant Requirements


• A 1st or 2:1 degree in engineering, materials science, physics, applied mathematics or other relevant discipline.
• UK Home status
• Enthusiasm for original applied research.
• An enquiring mind and scientific understanding.
• The ambition to work with industry.
• The ability and desire to work in a team.


About the CDT in Integrated Tribology


engineiT-CDT received substantial funding from EPSRC in 2013 who identified tribology as a UK priority area with a major skills shortage. iT-CDT is a partnership between leading tribology academics at the universities of Sheffield and Leeds. The Centre is supported by industrial companies who fund projects, provide routes for technology transfer, and steer Centre activities. The industrial board includes major companies such as: Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Cummins, Ricardo, Mahle, Afton, GE Wellstream, Network Rail, NPL, and Infineum.

The theme is integrated tribology where we integrate the science of tribology across length scales (molecular scale lubricant behaviour to giant machine components), industry sectors, and product life cycles. The focus is on developing new technologies and embedding them in industrial practice. Students will get involved in all kinds of research; fundamental science, consultancy, applied research and technology transfer.


Further Information


Contact the iT-CDT:
Prof Rob Dwyer-Joyce at Sheffield, r.dwyer-joyce@sheffield.ac.uk, 0114-2227736
Prof Allan Matthews at Sheffield, a.matthews@sheffield.ac.uk, 0114-2225466
Prof Martin Priest, m.priest@leeds.ac.uk, 0113-2332178
Prof Anne Neville at Leeds; a.neville@leeds.ac.uk, 0113-3436812

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