PhD Position at Swansea University’s College of Engineering

Deadline: 31 October 2014
Open to: international engineering graduates
 £20,000 per year for three years plus tuition fees


Swansea University’s College of Engineering, in association with TWI and the Ser Cymru National Research Network is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD scholarship for a research project on “Advancing the Techniques of Non-Standard Computed Tomography for Complex Material Analysis”. The aim of this 3 year PhD project is to advance the techniques of industrial X-ray tomosynthesis and laminography in order to confidently apply them to the inspection of complex composite parts, other novel materials and large-scale components.

The main objectives of this research project are:

  • Develop standard laminography and tomosynthesis algorithms, based on reported techniques, for confident imaging and volumetric reconstruction of large-scale and composite, multi-material components.
  • Develop novel and bespoke reconstruction algorithms for improved performance, measured by such indicators as, but not limited to, acquisition time, speed of reconstruction, image contrast or voxel resolution, reduced inspection visibility of component, size of component, adaptability of algorithms for analysis of other materials.
  • Demonstrate that these algorithms can be applied for the inspection of materials other than composites, such as metals, welds, hybrid materials and components from the additive manufacturing (AM) process.
  • Dissemination of findings through the means of presentation at relevant conferences and peer-review journal publications.

The successful candidate will be expected to start in January 2015 and will be based at  TWI Technology Centre regional office in Port Talbot, South Wales. TWI is a global leader in joining and inspection technology engineering, providing research and consultancy to its member companies.


This scholarships is open to UK, EU and international applicants. In order to be eligible, applicants should have a 1st class BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) or a MEng (Master of Engineering) or an MSc (Master of Science) in engineering, computer science,  mathematics, or a related subject. Besides a high level of numeracy and a good level of computational programming and algorithm development are required.


The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £20,000 during three years. Additionally £1,200 will also be available for research expenses, travel and conference attendance etc. International students will be required to pay the difference between UK/EU and overseas tuition fees.


Interested candidates must send a CV and a covering letter to Philip Wallace, Regional Manager at: [email protected] with subject line “NRN091”.

The application deadline is 31 October 2014.

For further information, direct your questions to Alan Clarke at: [email protected] or by phone at +44 (0)1639 873100

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