EngD, Metallurgy Science for Battery Production Machinery

University of Warwick and TBS Engineering Ltd are seeking a top class candidate to undertake research leading to the award of an International Engineering Doctorate awarded jointly by the Universities of Warwick, Exeter and Cranfield. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with WMG, University of Warwick, the foremost UK facility for battery innovation, research and development, in association with TBS, the world leader in automated machinery for the lead acid battery industry.


Lead-acid batteries are ubiquitous for electrochemical energy storage. This project focuses on the metallurgy science for lead-acid battery production machinery, including NDT techniques for testing weld quality. You will have the opportunity to learn and practice the latest advances in metal casting and welding analysis, with a view to support TBS producing a machine that can ideally 100% check all batteries or alternatively sample check without damaging the battery.

The current approaches for lead-acid battery production involve a multitude of technological advances, including casting process and weld testing. TBS wants to investigate a fundamental metallurgy analysis related to casting and welds; in order to design, improve and optimise the operation of machinery for lead-acid battery production.

As an EngD student your emphasis will be on research and innovation that addresses real-world issues. Your time will be split 50/50 between research (WMG) and industry (TBS), including regular knowledge exchange and supervision from senior industrial principals and world-leading academics in this field. You will also have full access to state-of-the-art facilities at WMG.

Further details and apply here.