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Funded Research degree opportunities

We currently have the following funded Research degree opportunities available.   

Three Isambard Kingdom Brunel Research Scholarships (Alumni only) 

Applications will open on 1st March 2018 for three full PhD scholarships, available in October 2018, for outstanding Home/EU students of Brunel University London to study in one of the three Research Institutes – Institute of Energy Futures; Institute of Environment, Health and Societies; and Institute of Materials and Manufacturing. 

Deadline: 3rd May 2018

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Applications will open on 1st March 2018 for three full PhD scholarships, available in October 2018, for outstanding Home/EU students to study in one of the three Research Institutes – Institute of Energy Futures; Institute of Environment, Health and Societies; and Institute of Materials and Manufacturing. You must have either a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree and/or a relevant Masters/or be enrolled on a Masters in the relevant discipline at Brunel University London. 

Each scholarship will cover tuition fees at the current Research Councils UK (RCUK) rate for three years plus a stipend (Current RCUK rate) of approx. £16,777 per year for three years. (NB: bench fees associated with a PhD course will also be covered). 

We are seeking applications for research in a number of priority research areas/themes and we will welcome applications from topics related to the themes/institutes research areas which are listed below.

General information on the Institutes’ Research Themes:
Institute of Energy Futures: energy generation from renewable energy sources; energy distribution; energy demand reduction in buildings, transport or industry; cross theme topics.  
Institute of Environment, Health and Societies: environment and health; ageing research; welfare, health and wellbeing; synthetic biology; health economics; biomedical engineering and healthcare technologies; cross theme topics.
Institute of Materials and Manufacturing: structural integrity; design for sustainable manufacturing; liquid metal engineering; materials characterisation and processing; micro-nano manufacturing; or a related cross-theme topic. 

The following projects are also available: 

  1. Basaltium – The importance of intermetallics in recycled Al composites – Dr Lorna Anguilano
  2. The Development of next generation antibacterial Ti Implants with integrated chemical and topographical modifications – Dr Yan Huang
  3. Mapping plastic pollution: media, communications and social change – Dr Lesley Henderson
  4.  Coupling SPH/FEM for transient analysis of material damage and failure – Dr Tom De Vuyst
  5. Near Zero Energy Building Renovation – Prof Maria Kolokotroni
  6. Materials for Energy Efficient Low Carbon Buildings and City Infrastructure – Prof Mizi Fan
  7. Waste Heat Recovery for Low-emissions propulsion for long-distance trucks – Dr Apostolos Pesyridis
  8. Predictive Modelling of Outcomes in Transitory Infrared Heating of Pavement Asphalt. - Dr Theodosios Papathanasiou
  9. Automated 3D liver image segmentation and measurement tool for clinical applications – Prof Asoke Nandi
  10. Multi-scale Multi-Physics Based Modelling and Analysis of Precision Machining Processes – Prof Kai Cheng
  11. Innovative design and fabrication of the biomedical implant with micro-featured surfaces – Prof Kai Cheng 
  12. Effect of material grade and production route on the post-fire properties of stainless steels - Dr Sheida Afshan

Selection will be made on the quality of the applicant based on:

  • Academic and non-academic qualifications provided in a CV
  • A research proposal of 500 words, tailored to the featured priority areas listed below (information on what to include in your proposal is also provided below)
  • A cover letter explaining why you are interested in pursuing a PhD in this area and how your current qualifications and skills map onto this
  • Two academic references. Your referees must not be the proposed supervisors of the project.
  • Performance at interview (shortlisted candidates only)

The research proposal
The proposal should be 500 words and should include the following:

  • The title of your chosen project
  • A brief abstract offering a general overview of the area
  • Appropriate referencing to relevant literature (relevant debates and issues, key articles and texts)
  • Key research questions
  • Brief Methodology (including tools and appropriate approach)
  • Timescale/research planning
  • Bibliography (list of references to key articles and texts)  

How to apply
Please send your CV, covering letter, and research proposal to research-institutes@brunel.ac.uk – please inform your referees to also send your references to this address. These must be on headed paper.

The deadline for applications is 3rd May 2018;

Applications will then be reviewed by a shortlisting panel and all applicants will be notified of the outcome of shortlisting by 31st May 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview on 11th or 12th June 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to apply for PhD enrolment at Brunel if they are not already holding an offer or have not already applied.Following interview, unsuccessful candidates will be notified by 6th July 2018. Offers to successful candidates will be confirmed in writing by 9th July 2018;

All successful candidates are expected to start on 1st October 2018.

Please read full Terms and Conditions here

 

College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences- EPSRC Funded DTP PhD Studentships

Applications are invited for our EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships starting 1st October 2018. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £16,777 plus payment of their full-time home tuition fees for a period of 36 months (3 years).

Deadline: Noon on Thursday 31st May 2018

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These Doctoral Training Partnership PhD studentships are available to support research in the University’s Research Institutes and the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences in the following research themes and topics:

Eligibility

  • Applicants will have or be expected to receive a first or upper-second class honours degree in an Engineering, Computer Science, Design, Mathematics, Physics or a similar numerate discipline. A Masters degree is not required but may be an advantage.   
  • Applicants must be eligible for home tuition fees through a relevant connection with the UK, for example by having been resident in the UK for at least 3 years not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

How to Apply 

You should submit all of the documents listed below by Noon on Thursday 31st May 2018 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk   Interviews will take place during June/July 2018.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • A 300-500 word document setting out the ideas for your research project;
  • A one A4 page statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e.: your skills and experience) ;
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Evidence of English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent, 6.0 in all sections), if appropriate;
  • Contact details for TWO academic references.

 

NSIRC PhD Scholarships in Structural Integrity

The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI offering PhD and MSc programmes in structural integrity. The studentships will cover  a stipend of £16,000 per year and tuition fees. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, with total funding capped at £24,000 per year.

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Six PhD scholarships are available throughout the year in the following projects:

  • Application of pulsed eddy currents to the measurement of residual stresses
  • Laser Processing of Fibre Reinforced Plastic Composites
  • Process capability study for Friction Stir Welding: Benchmarking the process variants
  • Coded wave forms for high resolution ultrasonic guided wave response of complex structures
  • Examination of residual stress state in pipeline girth welds subject to high plastic deformation
  • Robustness of steel-framed offshore structures against fire and blast 

Eligibility: Home/EU and International
Requirements: Candidates should have a relevant degree at 2.1 minimum, or an equivalent overseas degree in Mechanical, Electrical/Electronics or Civil/Structural Engineering, Material Science, Metallurgy or Physics. Candidates with suitable work experience and strong capacity in numerical modelling and experimental skills are particularly welcome to apply. Overseas applicants should also submit IELTS results (minimum 6.5) if applicable.
Scholarship: This studentship is funded by NSIRC, industry partners and Brunel University London. For Home students a £24k per annum scholarship is available which will cover tuition fees and provide a competitive enhanced STIPEND of £16k per annum for the duration of three years. Partial scholarships are provided for international students with funding up to £24k per annum for three years.

To apply please contact Lara Gibson by email: lara.gibson@twi.co.uk

 

PhD Studentships in Electronic and Computer Engineering, Experimental Particle Physics

The College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences at Brunel University London is offering two funded PhD studentships within the Particle Physics Group, UK funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

  • One successful applicant will work on the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment (CMS) at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva
  • One successful applicant will work on the MICE experiment based at STFC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire

Both PhD studentships are for a period of up to four years commencing on or before October 2017 and will include, for CMS, the possibility of a long-term attachment at CERN for a year or longer. The successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £16,553 plus payment of their full time Home-EU tuition fees.

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Project details
The Particle Physics Group has been carrying out research in experimental particle physics for more than 25 years, with its current focus being the CMS experiment at CERN, the MICE experiment at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and Grid computing for particle physics (GridPP project).

Our CMS group makes a significant contribution to the study of top quark production in proton-proton collisions using CMS data. The group also plays an active role in the maintenance, operation and upgrading of the Silicon Tracker, having contributed to the construction and commissioning of this detector and the current endcap electromagnetic calorimeter. We are looking to recruit a student to study the production of the top quark in both Standard Model and Beyond the Standard Model scenarios using CMS data and to contribute to activities related to the upgrade of the current CMS tracking detector. Successful applicants will also contribute to detector performance studies. A period of long-term attachment at CERN is associated with the CMS studentship.

The MICE collaboration aims to demonstrate the ionisation cooling principle for a muon beam by making one of the most precise measurements of emittance and its reduction through ionisation cooling. The successful candidate will take a leading role in the analysis of data taken in 2016 and 2017. The student will contribute to the precision measurement of beam emittance and emittance reduction across the MICE absorbers. Our aim is to make the most precise measurement of beam emittance ever. This is an exciting opportunity for a PhD student who will be based jointly at Brunel University London and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Eligibility
Applicants will have or be expected to receive a good undergraduate degree (upper second or first BSc) but ideally an MSci/MPhys degree, in Physics or a closely related subject, to be eligible for STFC studentships. Experience of C++ or python would be an advantage, and additionally for the MICE studentship a knowledge and interest in particle accelerators and beam dynamics. The studentships also have eligibility criteria relating to UK residency, for full details of the STFC eligibility criteria and other information, please visit the STFC studentship website.

How to apply
If you wish to apply, please e-mail the following to Group Leader, Professor Peter Hobson as soon as possible: 

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A single-page A4 personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e. outlining your qualifications and skills);
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees;
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of English language capability to IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections), if applicable

 Applications will continue to be accepted until all studentships have been filled.

 

PhD Studentship: Residual Stress Analysis and Prediction on Cylinder Head Castings

Applications are invited for ONE full time (3.5 year) EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentships at BCAST, Brunel University London starting from October 2018 or earlier.  The successful candidate will work on the project of “Residual Stress Analysis and Prediction on Cylinder Head Castings”. The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend (currently £16,553 per annum) and payment of their full-time home tuition fees for a period of 42 months.

Deadline:  Noon on Friday 1st June 2018 

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BCAST is a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). The research covers fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing. BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. See http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information.

Project Details 
The successful candidate will work on the project of “Residual Stress Analysis and Prediction on Cylinder Head Castings”. This will include design of featured castings or direct use of cylinder head castings for residual stress analysis; Validation of measuring methods and measurement of residual stress in castings; prediction of residual stress through modelling or suitable methods; and setup of quantitative relationship between materials processing and residual stress. The project also aims to understand the underlying mechanisms responsible for the formation of residual stress in castings. He/she is expected to interact with other researchers in University and research engineers from industry. It is also expected that throughout the project, the student will acquire a set of skills in advanced materials characterization/analysis.  Applicants should submit the documents for the research project.  Informal enquires emailed to Dr. Shouxun Ji at shouxun.ji@brunel.ac.uk  

Eligibility
Applicants will have or expect to receive a minimum 2:1 or 1st class degree in a relevant subject, e.g.: Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics or Mechanical Engineering.  A Masters qualification is an advantage but not essential.
 Applicants must have been resident in the UK for three or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship. 

How to Apply
Please e-mail all the documents listed below to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by Noon on Friday 1st June 2018 at the latest.  Interviews will take place afterwards. 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • A one A4 page personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e.: your skills and experience);
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript (s);
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees;
  • Evidence of English language capability to IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections), if applicable. 

PhD Studentship: Formation of Intermetallics during Solidification of Aluminium Alloys 

Applications are invited for ONE full time PhD studentship at BCAST - a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,553 plus payment of their full time home/EU tuition fees for a period of 48 months.   

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BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. See here  for more information. 

You will study the formation of intermetallics in aluminium alloys as a function of processing conditions and alloy chemistry. The project aims to understand the nucleation of intermetallics during solidification of aluminium alloys and to develop practical approaches to refine such intermetallics. This project involves alloy preparation, solidification processing under various conditions and materials characterisation at different length scales.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491 

Eligibility
Successful candidates are required to have a first degree at or equivalent to 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is an advantage.  In addition, he/she should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills. 

Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship. The successful applicants will be supported by a number of research fellows working in the project areas.

How to Apply
If you wish to apply, please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees; 

 

PhD Studentship: Heterogeneous Nucleation during Solidification of Light Metals

Applications are invited for TWO full time PhD studentships at BCAST - a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,553 plus payment of their full time home/EU tuition fees for a period of 48 months.  

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You will work on experimental investigation of heterogeneous nucleation of primary phases in light metals, such as aluminium and magnesium alloys produced by advanced casting technologies. These projects aim to advance our understanding of heterogeneous nucleation of primary phases during solidification of light metals and to exploit the heterogeneous nucleation concept in the microstructural refinement and defect control. These projects involve alloy preparation, solidification processing under various conditions and materials characterisation at different length scales. 

Our research covers fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing. BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. See http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491 

Eligibility
Successful candidates are required to have a first degree at or equivalent to 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is an advantage.  In addition, he/she should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills. 

Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship. The successful applicants will be supported by a number of research fellows working in the project areas.

How to Apply
If you wish to apply, please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees; 

 

PhD Studentship: Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Aluminium Alloys Processed by Vacuum Assisted High Pressure Die Casting 

Applications are invited for ONE full time PhD studentship at BCAST - a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,553 plus payment of their full time home/EU tuition fees for a period of 48 months.   


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You will study the microstructure and mechanical properties of novel aluminium alloys processed by vacuum assisted high pressure die casting. The relationship between the process, microstructure and the mechanical properties will be set up through this study by experimental research or by theoretical understanding. The effect of casting defects on the mechanical properties will be also addressed through computer tomography and/or other necessary techniques.

Our research covers fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing. BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. See http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491 

Eligibility
Successful candidates are required to have a first degree at or equivalent to 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is an advantage.  In addition, he/she should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills. 

Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship. The successful applicants will be supported by a number of research fellows working in the project areas.

How to Apply
If you wish to apply, please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees; 

 

 

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