31 May 2011

Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award (DHPA) for a PhD in Systems Health Monitoring

The Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award (DHPA) for a PhD in Systems Health Monitoring is a 3-year award that covers the stipend and overseas fees for a PhD research programme in the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Control and Systems Engineering. Applications are invited now.

The research will be undertaken under the joint supervision of Professor Visakan Kadirkamanathan, the Head of Department and affiliated to the University Technology Centre (UTC) in Control and Systems Engineering supported by Rolls-Royce and Professor Peter Fleming, Director of the UTC. Located within the Department of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering (http://www.shef.ac.uk/acse/) at the University of Sheffield, the UTC carries out cutting edge research activity into control and monitoring systems on behalf of Rolls-Royce plc.

Student eligibility:

The scheme is open only to student nationals from India, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, South Africa, Brazil, Russia and the developing world, as defined by the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD. For a full list of eligible countries please go to the OECD website. The eligible countries are all those on the list, plus Russia and Hong Kong. For more information, see http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/ResearchCareers/dhpa/Pages/EligibilityCriteria.aspx.

Financial arrangements:

The Award covers overseas fees and maintenance for 3 years. In the academic year 2010/2011 the stipend is £ £13,590. (See http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/ResearchCareers/dhpa/Pages/FAQsstudents.aspx.)

Research area:

The Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre is devoted to research in the areas of control and monitoring of gas turbine engines. Systems Health Monitoring is currently an important research area under investigation. One thrust of this research is to develop fault diagnosis and prognosis methods that are based on analysing the transient characteristics of the measured data signals. This PhD research programme will focus on identifying the appropriate signal processing approaches to be applied to the signals in extracting features necessary for the detection of specific faults. An important part of the investigation will be the quantification of the statistical uncertainty of the features and its inclusion in decision-making. A related problem is the selection of a subset of variables, rather than the use of all, for the detection of each fault as well as the length of the transient data records.

How to apply:

We are seeking a researcher who is capable of working in a multidisciplinary environment and who has a strong background in at least one of the following areas:- systems, control, signal processing, aerospace, mechanical, electronics and electrical engineering, computer science, applied mathematics or a related discipline. The successful candidate is expected to have excellent mathematical, analytical, computing and communication skills, a strong familiarity with machine learning and signal processing.

Applications should be sent to Debbie Proctor, email: d.proctor@sheffield.ac.uk and must include a CV containing the names and addresses of two referees. Your application should also include a 150-word (maximum) description of your relevant experience for this research programme. You are also encouraged to provide evidence of good written and oral communication skills.

Applicants are invited to contact Professor Visakan Kadirkamanathan (visakan@sheffield.ac.uk) to discuss the research project informally.

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed either in person or by telephone in mid-July and must be available to begin their PhD programme on 26 September 2011.

Closing date for applications: 15th July 2011