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:


A numerical 3D modelling code for simulation of crack morphology UT data

– Supervisor: Dr Peter Huthwaite – Industrial Sponsor: Baker Hughes

Guided Wave inspection of pipe sections covered by support structures

– Supervisor: Prof Mike Lowe – Industrial sponsor: EDF


Advancing quantitative imaging routines for NDE

– Supervisor: Dr Peter Huthwaite

NDE of Li-ion batteries

– Supervisor: Dr Bo Lan and Dr Frederic Cegla

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 Dr Fred Cegla or Professor Mike Lowe.