MSc by Research Scholarship in Aerospace Best Practice Benchmarking, Cranfield University, UK

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MSc by Research – Benchmarking best practice in the aerospace sector to aid development of a documentation process for the qualification and validation of medical devices

Supported by the European Regional Development Fund, East of England Development Agency, and JEB Engineering Design Limited, a studentship of up to £12,000 for one year plus UK/EU fees* is available

JEB Engineering Design Limited is a leading company within domestic electrical sector and medical device sector, focused on precision press tool design and manufacture coupled with component manufacture. This project is part of JEBs current initiative to develop a validated tooling and manufacturing process for the medical devices it is producing.

This position will focus on benchmarking best practice documentation processes in the aerospace sector to produce a more efficient documentation process for qualification and validation in production of medical devices. This process will enable production of documented evidence to provide a high degree of assurance that a specific process will consistently produce a medical device meeting its pre-determined specifications and quality attributes.

With the focus to reduce overall resource consumption, the project will include:

  • identifying the resource consumption in the current validation process
  • identifying ‘best practice’ documentation processes in the aerospace benchmarking sector
  • embedding the new validation process in the company
  • validating the proposed documentation process using real-life case studies in the company

The successful applicant will be based at the JEB premises in Bury St Edmonds, however will be working with both a combination of company and Cranfield staff on a regular basis.

Doctoral Training Centres
This higher research degree is associated with one of our Doctoral Training Centre, which is funded in part by the Research Councils and industry. A generic core skills training programme is provided for all research students. This is structured as a series of half day or full day events and acts as a social and networking forum to foster and develop Cranfield’s research student community.

Entry Requirements
Applicants should have 2.1 or above UK honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline such as aerospace engineering, quality control, quality engineering, design engineering, manufacturing/industrial engineering, mechanical engineering or medical engineering.

Supported by the European Regional Development Fund, East of England Development Agency, and JEB Engineering Design Limited, this studentship will cover the tuition fees at the UK/EU rate only. Non UK/EU students will have to pay the remainder of their tuition fees up front before commencing their studies. Applicants are also eligible for a bursary of up to £12,000 for one year depending upon qualifications and experience.

How to apply
If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the Application Form or you can request that we post one to you. Alternatively you may wish to apply online. For further information contact us today:

School of Applied Sciences
T: +44 (0)1234 754086

Please note that we are unable to consider submissions for specific research studentships that fall outside of the stated eligibility criteria.

Application deadline: 22 August 2011
Supervisor: Dr Yuchun Xuand Dr Ashutosh Tiwari
Duration of award: One year
Award type: MSc by Research

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