Closing date: 18 June 2021

This scholarship is funded by SUSTAIN in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Swansea University.

Start date: October 2021

Expected Interview Date: July 2021

Academic supervisor: Dr C Giannetti and Professor C Pleydell-Pearce
Industrial supervisor: Mr T Baynes


The steel industry produces in excess of 1.7bn tonnes of steel per year and accounts for ~10% of global carbon emissions. Digitalization of industrial processes, driven by development of low-cost wireless remote sensors and advances in data analytics, offer tremendous opportunities to improve both energy and material efficiency for the steel industry and, hence, reducing the environmental impact.

This research project will look at the application of novel sensors technologies, fused with physical models, in the hot strip mill at Port Talbot to create actionable insight during manufacture which will enable the production of tailorable, guaranteed, right-first-time materials. The research will be undertaken collaboratively with the industry partner to inform/improve management decision making to improve the hot strip mill.

The key driver for this project is to improve both energy and material efficiency for the industry both of which will help to reduce the environmental impact of the process, a 1% material efficiency saving is the equivalent of 60,000 tonnes of CO₂ saved.

The Research Engineer will:

  • Integrate these new data streams with existing hot mill data.
  • Use various data analytics techniques combined with physical modelling to translate the data into useful information.
  • Work with the industry partner to understand the hot rolling process and in negotiating existing IT infrastructure on the plant.

This PhD scholarship offered by SUSTAIN in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Swansea University. SUSTAIN, an initiative which provides postgraduate research training in partnership with industry, providing access to world­-class laboratories and a wealth of academic and industry expertise. The successful candidate will join a group of researchers working on Smart Steel Processing (Academic Staff, Research Fellows and Doctoral Students) and will have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers across the SUSTAIN network, (core members of the Universities of Warwick and Sheffield and the Steel Industry) and beyond.

The Athena SWAN charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committee to addressing unequal gender representation. Applications from women are particularly welcomed.

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Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

To apply for this scholarship, please complete the application pack.

Expected Interview Date: July 2021

Informal enquiries about this scholarship are welcome and should be directed by email to: [email protected].

Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Science degree (minimum level 2:1).

We would normally expect candidates to have met the University’s English Language requirements (e.g. IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) by point of application.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only (EU nationals must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and should have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship).

NB: If you are holding a non-UK degree, please see Swansea University degree comparisons to find out if you meet the eligibility.

If you have any questions regarding your academic eligibility based on the above comparison, please email [email protected] with the web-link to the scholarship(s) you are interested in.

Funding Notes

The scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £20,000 p.a. for a maximum of 3 years.

Funding Information

Funding applies to:

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only

Application Deadline:

18 June 2021

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