Closing date: 31 August 2019

Start date: October 2019

Supervisors: Dr W Harrison and Dr A Evans

Sponsoring company: Flintec
Flintec is a world-leading manufacturer in the precision weight measurements sector, which produces precision products for a wide range of different industries, including medical, retail and industry. In 1968, two Swedish engineers established a weighing scale design company. Since then, the company has expanded across multiple continents investing in technologies, staff and knowledge.

This post will remain open until a suitable candidate is found and we recommend you apply as soon as possible.

Over the past few years, Flintec has seen a rise in demand for its load cells, which has applied pressure on our engineering design hubs to innovate and produce new technology. Some of the technology inherent to Flintec includes the method of producing strain gauges as well as load cell designs.

The strain gauge is incorporated into a Wheatstone bridges circuit, that is balanced and compensated for variations in temperature once installed into the load cell. The bonding, positioning and design of the strain gauge is critical to minimising detrimental changes in performance. This can affect the non-linear behaviour of the signal output, creep, zero drift and the detection of mechanical hysteresis.

Flintec is now building a world class centre of excellence in Cardiff with new buildings, infrastructure, investment and jobs growth. There are plenty of exciting career opportunities and international travel to the USA and Asia.

The focus of this project will be to:

  • Build and develop strain gauge FEA models.
  • Calibrate models with experimental case studies.
  • Introduce advanced material models.
  • Create a design methodology for future strain gauge development.

The chosen candidate will be working in the FEA team, which has had an increased amount of investment and great success since the introduction of ANSYS Mechanical. There will also be opportunities to spend time at different international manufacturing sites to fully develop the project.

We will expect to offer further study opportunities (potential EngD), to the successful candidate and the potential to progress onto a lead engineering role in the FEA team for strain gauge R&D.

Swansea University is a top 30 UK institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2019 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) in the College of Engineering is a Swansea University 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 M2A is committed to delivering high quality collaborative research opportunities within an inclusive environment, funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Swansea University and Industry partners.

Research Engineers may participate in our career mentoring system, offering opportunities to engage with M2A alumni and other senior staff from across the University.

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. As a positive action to address gender imbalance, female undergraduates considering a career in research are invited to join our two-day laboratory taster session and learn about a typical day in the life of a research engineer.

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Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

To apply for this scholarship, please complete the online application form.

Informal enquiries about this scholarship are welcome and may be directed by email to:

Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Science degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent relevant experience to the same level, to join the M2A community of research engineers.

To be eligible for WEFO funding, applicants should:

  • Be a UK or EU citizen (eligible for home tuition fees at Swansea University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of their studies.
  • Be resident within West Wales and the Valleys at the time of enrolment and for the duration of the candidature.
  • Must not be financially able to participate in study for a postgraduate research degree without the award of this funding

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found here.

Funding Notes

The scholarship covers the full costs of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £12,500 per annum for a period of one year.

Funding Information

Application Deadline:

31 August 2019

Please see our website for how to apply:
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