About the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)

We are currently recruiting graduate Engineers and Scientists, who have obtained, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree, to join the Integrated Tribology Centre for Doctoral Training (iT-CDT) at the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds.


The Centre is funded through a number of ways which include EPSRC Case awards and Industry. Our aim is to tackle the problems that face industry today, to develop new technologies and skills that will benefit all our partners.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with leading academics at both Universities and also supporting industrialists including, Rolls Royce, Siemens, National Physical Laboratory, Network Rail/RSSB/ATOC, Afton Chemicals, Infineum, and many more.

Our PhD projects cover a wide range of themes such as advanced materials engineering, bio-tribology, numerical modelling, surface science, surface engineering, advanced fluid mechanics, contact mechanics and many more.

What is iT-CDT?

The iT-CDT is a training and research centre for PhD students. There is a cohort of students per year and a team of academic and industrial partners. The Centre brings the brightest postgraduate research engineers, academic staff, technical experts and industrial partners together in a unique world-leading research environment. Their aim is to tackle the challenging problems that face industry today, and develop new technologies and skills to benefit all partners.

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What is Tribology?

Tribology is all about friction, wear, and lubrication. The science behind how things move and slide over each other. It is fundamental to the modern world. Car engines need advanced lubricants to save fuel and reduce emissions. Wind turbines rely on healthy bearings and gearboxes. Railway track wear out and fatigue cracks form. The aging population needs prosthetic joints that will last a longer. Tribology is a fascinating subject – so vital to the world around us but so few people know what it is. Join the elite who study this and make a difference.

A global reputation

Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.