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Materials and engineering

The Materials Engineering Research Institute (MERI) would like to invite applications for funded PhD scholarship opportunities. We are offering

  • 5 PhD scholarships for specific projects in collaboration with industry (see individual project listings under the Engineering and Physical Sciences theme)
  • Up to two further Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD scholarships on any topic in materials and engineering, physics and mathematics, but particularly in the areas of Robotics, Plasma and Surface Engineering, Energy, and Food Engineering and Manufacturing

Applications are welcome in any area of PhD research that can be supported in MERI. Find out more about MERI staff and research specialisms.

  • How to apply

    Applicants should email their completed postgraduate application form to meri@shu.ac.uk by 12 noon on Thursday 1 February 2018.

    The application form asks candidates for a 1,500 word research proposal. In addition to this (and in the same box), please outline a) how your skills and experience to date prepare you to embark on your proposed project b) any challenges that you foresee in conducting the research, and how you might approach or solve them.

    We strongly recommend that you contact a prospective supervisor to discuss your research proposal before submitting an application. Potential supervisors are indicated for each advertised research theme (with links to staff profiles). Please note that applications are welcome in any area of PhD research that can be supported in the Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI).

    Where English is not your first language, you must show evidence of English language ability to a minimum level of proficiency: an overall IELTS score of 7.0 or above, with at least 6.5 in each component or an accepted equivalent. Please note that your test score must be current, ie within the last two years, and that relevant certification must be submitted at the point of application. We also require two references, copies of academic certificates and module transcripts and a photocopy of your passport/ID.

    For all queries about the application process please email meri@shu.ac.uk

    Graduate Teaching Assistant scholarships (GTAs)

    These scholarships are Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA), sponsored by the faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences. GTA scholarships offer training and professional development in teaching practice alongside PhD research. This includes a requirement (within the terms and conditions of the scholarship) to deliver up to a maximum of 180 hours of teaching related activity per year, for the duration of the award. This opportunity may be of particular interest and benefit to PhD candidates wishing to pursue a career in Higher Education.

    Please view our eligibility criteria before submitting an application.

  • Selection process

    Interviews will be held in March 2018

    Shortlisted applicants will be required to give a 10 minute presentation followed by an interview. Interview panel members include the head of postgraduate research, a prospective director of studies and a senior member of the Department of Engineering and Maths. Where travel to Sheffield is not possible, interviews are conducted by Skype or conference call.

    The presentation should outline and discuss your PhD research proposal, targeted to a non-expert audience. You may use visual aids as you feel appropriate, but this isn't compulsory.

  • Find out more about the Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI)

    MERI is a partner in Sheffield Robotics and the Universities Alliance Doctoral Training Partnership in Energy. Research in MERI is organised into research centres providing a focus for research in Automation and Robotics; Materials Analysis; Polymers, Nanocomposites and Modelling, Structural Materials and Integrity and Thin Films. In REF2014, 56% of research outputs submitted were rated as either world leading or internationally excellent. MERI is located in a purpose built facility with access to first class laboratories and facilities including workshops in precision and model-making, a flight simulator, wind tunnel, automotive workshop, structural integrity, thermofluids and robotics labs.

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