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EPSRC iCASE studentship with Airbus: Sensor-driven process control for Resin Transfer Moulding of large aerostructures


Location:  UK Other
Closing Date:  Friday 31 March 2023
Reference:  ENG1640

Qualification type:




Funding for:

UK Students, (subject to EPSRC eligibility criteria)

Funding amount:

Tuition Fees paid and tax-free stipend provided at a rate of £ 21,000 per annum


Full Time


31 March 2023

PhD – Sensor-driven process control for Resin Transfer Moulding of large aerostructures

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship supported by an EPSRC industrial Cooperative Award in Science and Technology (iCASE) and by Airbus. 

A PhD student working on this project will conduct research in manufacturing of fibre-reinforced polymer composites, specifically Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) of primary aerostructures. It is a well-known problem that local variability in material properties causes uncertainty in the process and may result in variability in mechanical properties of the finished component. Aiming at obtaining a consistently high product quality in the RTM process, the PhD student will set up data acquisition systems for process monitoring and implement process control systems to minimise variability in component properties.

Candidate requirements:

  • First-class or upper second-class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant engineering discipline (e.g. aerospace, mechanical, materials) or physics. 
  • Background in composites and/or experience in composites manufacturing.
  • Knowledge of computer programming languages (e.g. Matlab, C++, LabView).
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments (complying with Health and Safety regulations).
  • Self-motivated and capable of working under pressure to meet deliverables.
  • Good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders.


The successful applicant will receive a tax-free scholarship (£ 21,000 per annum) and tuition fees for four years, subject to satisfactory research progress. Funding is available for UK applicants (see the eligibility rules at Candidates should be available to start on 1st October 2023.

The successful candidate will join the University of Nottingham’s Composites Research Group and will:

  • Work directly with leading academics and industrial partners, offering excellent career opportunities following graduation.
  • Have 3 months placement with the industrial partner (Airbus).
  • Receive a travel and consumable allowance to support the research project.
  • Have access to world-leading facilities including a composites laboratory.

The industrial partner, Airbus, has an established track record in industrial research and technology development in the aerospace sector. Through research and innovation, the company works towards reducing design cycle times and manufacturing costs, while contributing to improving the sustainability of air travel.

Before submitting an application, candidates are encouraged to send their CV and a personal statement on motivation and relevant experience to Dr Andreas Endruweit ( or Dr Mikhail Matveev ( 

Please apply here

When applying for this studentship, please include the reference number (beginning ENG and supervisors name) within the personal statement section of the application. This will help in ensuring your application is sent directly to the academic advertising the studentship. 

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.


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