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Funded Research degree opportunities

We currently have the following funded Research degree opportunities available. 

PhD Studentship in Assessment of Risks from Combined Exposures to Radiation and Chemicals

The College of Health and Life Sciences at Brunel University London is offering a PhD studentship, full funded by CHRC for three years. This studentship covers a generous tax-free stipend of £16,553 and full UK/EU tuition fees. Based at Brunel, the project will start January 2017 and will be supervised by Professor Andreas Kortenkamp and Dr Rhona Anderson.

Project overview
The studentship is offered in the Environment and Health theme and will be joining a new team setting up the Centre for Health Effects of Radiological and Chemical Agents (CHRC). The aim is to explore the health impact of radiological and chemical agents on military personnel and their families.

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Project details
Funded by the Nuclear Community Charity Fund, CHRC will initially be devoted to support the needs of the aged nuclear community and their families by exploring the health impact of participation at the nuclear weapons test sites in the 1950s and 1960s. CHRC will involve a multi-disciplinary team of social scientists, biologists and toxicologists and will carry out research for translation into evidence-based advice, education and support for potentially affected communities.

Very little is known about combined genotoxic effects of different types of ionising radiation and chemical carcinogens. However, there is the possibility that radiation might lead to heightened sensitivity to chemical carcinogens, or that pre-existing chemical exposures might increase the sensitivity to radiation. There is evidence from studies of radon cancer risks among smokers that radiation and chemical exposures combined lead to increased cancer risks, but more systematic studies are needed to elucidate the magnitude of combined effects and to better define the joint risks.

This studentship will conduct proof of concept experiments with cultured cells which will reveal whether combined genotoxic effects between radiation and chemical exposures can occur in principle. This approach will enable us to establish basic cell biological principles which will provide a solid foundation for examining whether combined risks exist under more realistic exposure scenarios. We will exploit a predictive approach which we have established in mixture experiments with genotoxic chemicals. This approach requires that the mixture components (chemicals and radiation) as well as the mixture itself are evaluated in relation to a common adverse outcome (e.g. micronuclei, chromosome translocations) to enable detailed dose-response analyses. These studies will put the assessment of the risks from combined exposures to radiation and chemicals on a sound footing and will set the scene for evaluations of realistic exposures.

The student will be trained in cell culture techniques, cytogenetics, dosimetry and experimental approaches to evaluating mixture effects and will develop a valuable set of technical and theoretical expertise that will boost a successful career as an independent scientist.

Eligibility
Candidates are required to be UK-based and must ensure they fully meet the eligibility criteria of Brunel. We are looking for an enthusiastic and high-calibre candidate with an interest in radiation health effects and the combined effects of chemical exposures. The project would be ideally suited to a student with a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree in the life sciences, or similar disciplines. Master qualification in the life sciences correlated disciplines is highly desirable. If you are a non-native speaker and have not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK, you must demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section).

How to apply
Informal enquiries are most welcome and should be sent to Professor Andreas Kortenkamp, 
Andreas.kortenkamp@brunel.ac.uk. If you wish to apply, please e-mail the following to chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk
by 15 September 2017

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A single-page A4 single-spaced covering letter setting out why you are a suitable candidate;
  • Names and contact details for two referees;
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript;
  • A copy of your English language qualification (where applicable).

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview. Applicants chosen for interview will be instructed to submit a formal online application via Admissions.

For further information about how to apply please contact the College of Health and Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Student Office at chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.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 (Peter.Hobson@brunel.ac.uk) 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.

 

College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences PhD Studentships: ZeroBreak Project EU 2020 – FoF Project 

The College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences at Brunel University London is offering two funded PhD studentships within the System Engineering Research Groups

The successful applicants will join the Systems Engineering Research Group in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering and work closely with colleagues whose research is linked to the Institute of Materials and Manufacturing and Institute of Energy Futures.  This EU funded project is concentrated on design and development of real-time predictive fault detection and maintenance planning of machines, equipment and tools in a typical production line. The purpose is to bring sudden (unplanned) breakdowns of machines and production lines (network of machines) to Zero.

The studentships are for a period of 3 years (36 months) and successful applicants from the UK/EU will receive an annual stipend of £16,553 plus payment of their full time Home/EU tuition fees. Overseas candidates are welcome to apply but they will receive a monthly cost of living allowance (£500) plus payment of their full time international tuition fee.

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Applications are invited from enthusiastic individuals for two EU funded full time PhD studentships with skills, knowledge and/or experience in one or more of the specialist areas listed below:

  • Machine Tools and Machines Simulation and Modelling;
  • Applied Control Engineering;
  • Applied Mathematics and Stochastic Modelling;
  • Mechanical Engineering;
  • Robotics, Automation, Mechatronics and Manufacturing Engineering;
  • Computer Science with Machine Learning and Data Analytics;

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability to think innovatively and produce solutions that will be applied and tested in multiple manufacturing sites throughout EU.  The project will require you to take a concept and conduct a full cycle of research and development under supervision from academic staff and Research Fellows.  Please contact Dr Ali Mousavi at ali.mousavi@brunel.ac.uk for an informal discussion about the studentships.

Eligibility

Applicants will have or expect to receive a first degree at 2:1 or above in areas such as Machine Tools, Control Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Machine Learning-Data Analytics, Computing,  Mechatronics, Electronics or Automation and Manufacturing Systems. A masters degree is an advantage but not essential.  Previous industrial experience and/or national or international scientific awards will also be an advantage.

The studentships are for a period of 3 years (36 months) and successful applicants from the UK/EU will receive an annual stipend of £16,553 plus payment of their full time Home/EU tuition fees.  Overseas candidates are welcome to apply but they will receive a monthly cost of living allowance (£500) plus payment of their full time international tuition fee.

How to Apply

Please email your application comprising all of the documents listed below by Noon on Monday 2 October 2017 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk:

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your degree transcripts and/or certificates;
  • Evidence of English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent, with 6.0 in all sections), if appropriate;
  • Your personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate and your skills/experience in:
    • Software programming (C, C++, C#, .NET or Java);
    • Electro Mechanical and Machine Tools Simulation and Modelling Tools (CAD, CAM,CAE) and interfaces to real-time control systems ;
    • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems, sensor and actuation networks and PLCs
    • Mathematical Modelling capabilities such Discrete Mathematics, Control Systems, Systems Modelling and Simulation, Operational Research, and/or Stochastic Modelling

College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences: Wolfsen Centre for Materials Processing – PhD Studentship

Applications are invited for ONE PhD studentship working on the development of Perovskite solar cells at our newly refurbished laboratories on Energy Conversion Devices for Solar Energy. The Wolfson Centre carries out world leading research on materials characterisation and processing of novel materials including low cost, non-toxic semiconducting materials for solar energy conversion, lighting and displays using phosphors and OLEDs, including biomaterials and polymers for biodegradable packaging and formulation of biofuels. A collection of materials characterization techniques are at our disposal, including a recently commissioned transmission electron microscope.  The successful applicant will engage with researchers at Imperial College, Oxford, Cambridge, Swansea and Edinburgh Universities who are part of the Brunel led EPSRC funded project called APEX-II.

The PhD studentship is for a period of three (3) years effective 1st October 2017.  The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend of £20,000 plus payment of their full time Home/EU tuition fees.Overseas candidates are welcome to apply but they will be required to top up the fee component to meet difference between the full time international and home/EU tuition fee rate.  

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Eligibility

Applicants will have or be expected to hold a first degree at 2:1 or above in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or a related subject ideally with knowledge of semiconductors, physics of solar cells especially nanostructured solar cells.  A Masters qualification is an advantage but not essential. 

The PhD studentship is for a period of three (3) years effective 1 October 2017.  The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend of £20,000 plus payment of their full time Home/EU tuition fees.  Overseas candidates are welcome to apply but they will be required to top up the fee component to meet difference between the full time international and home/EU tuition fee rate. 

Project Details

Applicants should submit the documents below to be considered for a research project “Towards the Development of Stable Perovskite Solar Cells and their Scaling Up Issues”.  The research will involve the synthesis and characterization of new perovskite materials, development of transparent conductors and fabrication of efficient solar cells (tandem solar cells) and their characterization.  Informal enquires may be addressed to Professor Hari Upadhyaya at hari.upadhyaya@brunel.ac.uk

How to Apply

Please e-mail your application comprising of all the documents listed below to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by Noon on Tuesday 12th September 2017.

  • 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

Interviews will take place mid-September 2017.  


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