PhD studentship – Reasoning with Uncertainty

Application Deadline: 12th August 2013

Start date: September 2013

Supervisor: Professor Ian Jennions                                       

Duration of award: 3 years

Industrially sponsored by BAE Systems, Boeing, Meggitt and Thales within the IVHM Centre, a studentship of up to £17,000 per annum (tax free) plus UK/EU fees* is available

We are seeking a high calibre engineering or science graduate to undertake an exciting research and development project leading to the creation of diagnostic systems that account for uncertainty, this work leads on from research conducted over the last five years. This PhD vacancy is within the Integrated Vehicle Health Management Centre, which is led by world leading researchers from Cranfield and aims to develop the next generation of IVHM systems for aerospace, rail, energy and health sectors.

Nature of research project:

Building on previous research, this PhD project aims to develop a methodology capable of quantifying, from an engineering perspective, the errors within the design phase of the health management development process (errors within measurements, data processing, system modelling, algorithm development for fault detection and fault identification) and the propagation of errors throughout various points of the development and implementation of health management solutions. With this knowledge, the diagnosis of component or sub-system degradation can be made more accurately and hence preventative maintenance better targeted.

Entry requirements:

Suitable applicants will be expected to have a First or Upper Second Class honours degree in a relevant engineering, control or physics based discipline. Previous experience in health management or diagnostics would be an advantage.

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*Applicants are eligible for a bursary of up to £17,000 for the duration of the award dependent upon qualifications and experience. Due to funding restrictions this studentship will cover the tuition fees for qualified UK/EU students only. Non UK/EU students are required to pay Cranfield University Tuition Fees.

We require that applicants are under no restrictions regarding how long they can stay in the UK. i.e. have no visa restrictions or applicant has “settled status” and has been “ordinarily resident” in the UK for 3 years prior to start of studies and has not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. All EU nationals are eligible to receive a fees-only award if they do not have “settled status” in the UK.

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