PhD Studentships

CIMComp has launched an intensive five-year research programme in partnership with industry to address key challenges in advanced composites manufacturing. The EPSRC Centre’s key role is to initiate and coordinate early-stage research to enhance the competitiveness of the UK composites industry, by investigating core industrially focused technologies.

We are seeking applications from engineering or physical sciences who hold a minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent Bachelors/Master’s degree and can demonstrate an enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research.
This is an excellent opportunity to work on a collaborative composites manufacturing research project, gain a PhD and develop leadership skills in preparation for a high-impact, high-technology research career.

The studentship is open to UK and EU applicants. The studentship will fully fund PhD tuition fees and a minimum stipend of £15,000 (tax free) per annum will be paid for three years. A generous study package (research consumables and travel budget) is available for all successful applicants. International students may be considered if they are able to provide their own PhD tuition fees.

CIMComp is a partnership between four leading universities (the Universities of Bristol, Cranfield, Manchester and Nottingham), the National Composites Centre, the Manufacturing Technology Centre and several leading companies. The scholarships are part-funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), industry and the four universities.
CIMComp provides world-class composites manufacturing facilities, cutting-edge equipment and expertise based across the four universities. While the Research Student will be based at one of the four universities, he/she will have free access to all the facilities across CIMComp. It is also anticipated that short-term secondments and site visits to participating companies will occur.

Current topics for projects include:

  • Novel approaches to manufacture of complex geometries
  • Innovative multi-material & multi-architecture preforms
  • Structural joints using embedded inserts & bonded fittings
  • Multi-scale modelling to predict defect formation during infusion
  • Defect Generation Mechanisms in Thick and Variable Thickness Composites Parts-Understanding, Predicting and Mitigation (DefGen)
  • Compression Moulding of Multi-Architecture Composites (CMMC)

To apply please go to the ‘CV Upload’ section on our website:  and fill in the on-line form. Please quote ref. ENG/589.