Fully funded 3-year PhD Studentships in Intelligent Transport Systems
Applications are invited for a full-time funded Studentship. The award covers the cost of the fees and a bursary of £15,150 pa for EU Students or £14,050 for International Students.

Entry requirements: applicants should hold either a first class honours degree or upper second first degree (or equivalent) in Applied Chemistry, Materials Science or Materials Engineering. Preference will be given to candidates with a relevant Masters (at Merit or equivalent or above) in Polymer Chemistry. Exceptional candidates with relevant experience of adhesive formulations will be considered. For students without English as a first language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 is required. It is intended that the studentships should start at the beginning of October 2011.

Intelligent Transport Systems
This PhD studentship is part of Doctoral Training Programme developed to support the research and training of students in Intelligent Transport Systems within the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University. The studentship available is focussed on the development of rapid assembly and disassembly joining solutions for the modular construction of road vehicles.

Adhesive bonding is often the most suitable joining method for multi-layered components, providing good fixity combined with minimal weight increases. However, assembly of these components using adhesive technology is often slow in comparison to more traditional joining technologies, seriously hindering the ability to meet the requirements of mass volume production. Likewise, disassembly although becoming increasingly important for end-of-life recycling, maintenance or repair scenarios remains extremely difficult and often impractical.

Project Objective
The objective of the project is the development of rapid assembly/disassembly joining solutions for selected multi-material applications. This will entail the development of hybrid joining practices that will incorporate features (in-built chemical or physical devices) to enable rapid assembly and disassembly. This work builds on the experience already gained within the Joining Technology Research Centre (JTRC) and the Sustainable Vehicle Engineering Centre (SVEC) on a number of these devices.

Further Information
Informal enquires about the project can be directed toward Dr James Broughton jgbroughton@brookes.ac.uk or Dr Pat Winfield phwinfield@brookes.ac.uk. For more information about the Doctoral Training Programme contact Dr Neil Fellows, nafellows@brookes.ac.uk or Prof Philip Torr, philiptorr@brookes.ac.uk.

How to Apply
An application form, guidance notes and further information are available from the links below. Completed application forms should be returned to the address detailed on the application form or via email to jgbroughton@brookes.ac.uk.

Important Dates 
Please note that the closing date for applications is 26 August 2011. Interviews are scheduled to be held during the week of 5 September 2011. The anticipated start date is October 2011.

For more information, please visit official website: tech.brookes.ac.uk

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