The NDE group frequently has funds available for PhD and post-doc research positions. PhD programmes are usually funded for a 3-year period, and can start at any time of year. Funding is generous, including PhD bursaries substantially above the standard rate, paid registration fees, and travel to several major international conferences. All projects are very well resourced with equipment, computers, consumables and all that is needed to perform research at the highest standard. The aim is to provide the best conditions for world-leading research, and commensurate with this, the group recruits only the very top candidates.

Applicants need to have a very strong academic record. They should have a good ability in analytical methods in engineering, in particular in solid mechanics, and should also be interested in the transfer of scientific knowledge to real practical uses. Previous knowledge of the specific theory relating to NDE (eg wave mechanics) is helpful but not required, indeed most members of the group have no expertise in this area before starting.

The specific topics of research change from time to time, according to research strategy decisions and funding availability, but available projects will be consistent with the themes presented in these web pages. All projects involve considerable interaction with other members of the research group which has a very open, co-operative and friendly culture.

We are currently recruiting for the below specific projects:

Covid-19 update (22nd July 2020): Many scientific revelations and inventions were made in times of crisis. That’s why our research continues and our recruitment is unaffected by the current situation.


EngD Studentships

PhD in modelling methods for acoustic and elastic waves
Closing Date: Until Post Filled


We also take Engineering Doctorate students via the UK Research Centre in NDE. Further details of this are available here:

PhD Studentship in Estimation of Internal Pipe Wall Temperature under Operating Conditions in Pipe Circuits using Ultrasound

PhD Studentship in Industrial Implementation of New Techniques for Inspection of Rough Defects

PhD Studentship in Characterisation Grain Microstructures in Metals using Ultrasound


We also have flexible funds available to fund high calibre candidates with a research interest in the fields of:

  • Materials Characterisation
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Software development and modelling of wave-propagation phenomena


For further information about possible PhD or post-doc positions, please contact Professor Peter Cawley or Professor Mike Lowe.