Lightweight composite structures for high-performance applications

Williams Advanced Engineering Limited (“Williams”) is the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group ( The company provides world class technical innovation, engineering, testing and manufacturing services to deliver energy efficient performance across multiple industry sectors.

To help Williams address some the most difficult engineering challenges of the 21st century, the company together with the University of Edinburgh are looking for an enthusiastic PhD candidate to develop novel, lightweight, high-performance composite structures and materials for application within multiple industry sectors.

The Project will comprise a comprehensive study of the structural performance and behaviours of novel composite materials at different length scales and will encompass composite manufacture, testing (environmental/mechanical), characterisation and computation modelling. The candidate will be required to undertake parametric studies to evaluate the influence of, amongst other things, material properties, topological properties, and manufacturing processes on the final behaviours of the materials under investigation.

The successful candidate will benefit from exposure to Williams’ vast expertise in advanced lightweight structures and access to world-class facilities at its Oxfordshire HQ together with access to the University of Edinburgh’s advanced research facilities at the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment, where experimental characterisation through simulation and testing will be carried out.

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Closing Date: 

Friday, August 30, 2019

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Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.


Tuition Fees and 48 months of Stipend are available for Home/EU students.  Funding is not available for International students (applications from International students will not be considered).

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