Monday, July 11, 2011

News: AMRC open for applications at new doctoral centre


The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing in Rotherham are inviting graduates to apply for the first round of studentships at their new Industrial Doctoral Centre in Machining Science.

Ten places are available for the brightest engineering postgraduates that will give them the unique opportunity to work at the cutting edge of industry and develop new technologies and skills.

The centre is a new collaboration between the AMRC with Boeing and the University of Sheffield Faculty of Engineering, supported by EPSRC. Beginning in Autumn 2011, the IDC will provide engineering doctorate (EngD) training with a focus on machining science.

EngD is a well-established programme for talented postgraduate engineers who want a career in industry, providing a vocationally-oriented alternative to the traditional PhD.

Successful applicants will spend four years working alongside world-leading manufacturers on cutting-edge research solving real engineering problems. The studentships include tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of £14,790 per year.

Initial projects with Rolls-Royce cover technologies such as machining optimisation for jet turbine components, cryogenic machining, and "design for repair."

IDC students will also have the opportunity to work at the new Nuclear AMRC on projects such as extreme deep-hole drilling.

The centre is one of five nationwide to secure stimulus funding from EPSRC. The research council is providing £1.25m towards launch costs, with the remainder coming from the universities and industrial partners.

The Sheffield IDC is supported by global businesses including Boeing, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Messier-Dowty, and leading local manufacturers such as Technicut and Dormer Tools.

Professor Keith Ridgway, research director at the AMRC with Boeing, said: "This new doctorate centre gives the AMRC a valuable new resource in our mission to carry out world-class research in collaboration with our industrial partners, and maintain our position as a global centre of research excellence."

AMRC website
University of Sheffield website


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