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PhD Optimising Maritime System Operations through Asset Health Diagnostics

A 3-year fully-funded PhD project, offered by the Institute for Energy & Environment in collaboration with the Maritime Safety Research Centre, in the area of prognostics and health management methods for reliability, availability, maintainability and safety (RAMS) of maritime systems.

Number of places



Home fee, Stipend


1 June 2017


31 January 2018


Three years


To be considered for the position, candidates must:

  • Possess a 1st class BEng (Honours) degree or postgraduate Masters qualification in a relevant Engineering subject ( marine, mechanical or electrical) or a related Management Science subject
  • Have experience with reliability engineering and system saefty and/or prognostics and health management methods
  • Have Understanding and technical knowlegde of artificial intelligence methods
  • Possess Programming skills: Matlab, R, Python, C++
  • Be highly motivated, independent and results-orientated, with excellent team-working skills

Project Details

Safety and reliability are at the heart of sustainable marine operations. Effective risk management and maintenance planning throughout a vessel’s lifecycle is an intricate task due to the complexity and dynamic nature of modern vessels.

Thanks to the modern technologies and increased monitoring systems on-board ships, there is room to optimize system operations and improve risk management and maintenance planning through risk monitoring and prognostics and health management (PHM) applications. Namely, it is possible to link system-level vessel operational parameters with component-level PHM indicators so as to plan an optimized system operation strategy and extend the useful life of the vessel’s components.

The main focus of this project will be on the use and development of PHM methods for optimized system operation. This will involve the development and application of data analytics, artificial intelligence and RAMS methods. Particular cases of interest are predictive monitoring capabilities of electrical components and the power and speed management of vessel’s propulsion machinery assuring the engine’s safe operation.

The project is offered by the Institute for Energy & Environment within the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering in collaboration with the Maritime Safety Research Centre based within the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering.

The Institute for Energy and Environment has an extensive experience of developing and delivering PHM applications for a number of industrial partners and the Maritime Safety Research Centre is engaged in a number of industrial research projects with a focus on on-board risk management. To maximize the outcomes of the project, the candidate will work closely with industry partners, DNV GL and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd so as to develop an industry focused application of the project.

Funding Details

Funded, available for Home and eligible EU students only, covers tuition fees and provides a stipend of £14,653 per year, for the duration of the project.

Well qualified RUK students may be considered for the position, with the possibility of a partial grant being awarded.

Contact us

How to apply

Interested candidates should email Professor Stephen McArthur, Institute for Energy & Environment or t: + 44 (0)141 548 4838 for further information and details on how to apply. 

The project is available for an immediate start.