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Research degree funding

Sponsored Brunel Industrial Doctorate Scheme (BIDS) - Industry sponsor: National Grid UK

Are you interested in a fast track career in Power Systems Engineering that is allied to an environmentally sustainable energy future?   We want to recruit a full time PhD student to research the project PMU Enhanced Voltage Control to Accommodate Increased Interconnection on the GB Transmission System”.   You would be funded by our prestigious ESPRC sponsored 3.5 year Brunel Industrial Doctorate Scheme (BIDS) in Smart Power Networks.  Our BIDS scheme offers environmentally focussed research in an industrial setting along with personal and professional development.  Successful applicants will receive payment of their tuition fees as well as an annual (tax free) stipend of £17,000, andbe based at National Grid House, Warwick Technology Park, Gallows Hill, Warwick. 

Our project will address the GB transmission networks reactive power reinforcement strategy, which is planned in order to accommodate the increased interconnection on the South Coast of the GB transmission network and massive volumes of solar PV. Without investment to improve the wide area monitoring operation and control of the GB transmission system much of the potential benefits from these schemes may not be fully realised. The proposed project will develop and implement novel coordinated Wide Area Monitoring, Protection and Control (WAMPAC) schemes that will be able to: 

  • Provide appropriate level of observability of the network;
  • Accurately measure and visualise the voltage stability limits in near-to-real-time;
  • Enable post event analysis and validation of models with regard to GB transmission network performance;
  • Establish control strategies to optimise equipment performance during network contingencies;
  • Identify the telecoms, data management and asset requirements to support these applications.

Informal enquiries should be sent to Professor Gareth Taylor at gareth.taylor@brunel.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

You should have or be expecting to gain a first or upper-second class honours degree in electrical, electronic or general engineering, physics or a closely related discipline. A Masters qualification is an advantage but not essential. You must also have a relevant connection with the UK, for example by having resided in the UK for 3 years not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria for funding of an award.  Ideally, you will have a strong personal interest in power systems and developing environmentally beneficial technology for the transmission of electricity. 

Please e-mail your application comprising all of the documents listed below by Noon on Monday 31st October 2016 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • A one A4 page statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e.: your skills and experience);
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript;
  • Evidence of English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), if appropriate;
  • Two academic references. 

Interviews will take place at National Grid House, Warwick Technology Park, Gallows Hill, Warwick in November 2016.  You should be available for a 1st January 2017 start.

PhD Studentship in childhood oncology

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD Studentship supported by Neuroblastoma UK. The student working on this project will investigate the role of secreted vescicles (exosomes) in tumour cell metabolism and vascularisation. The context will be neuroblastoma, a paediatric malignancy originating from the peripheral nervous system for which there is no definitive cure.  

The studentship is for UK/EU residents only and includes tuition fees and a tax-free stipend (£18,000 per year) for 3 years. In addition, funds are available for participation to international research conferences. We would like the student to start at Brunel 1st January 2017. 

The work will be conducted in the Department of Life Sciences under the direct supervision of Professor Arturo Sala and in collaboration with clinicians and researchers at the UCL Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital, offering to the student the opportunity to be part of a research network with an international reputation in paediatric oncology.

Eligibility

The project would be ideally suited to a student with a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology or similar disciplines. A masters qualification in biochemistry, cellular and/or molecular biology is highly desirable. Hands on experience in mammalian cell culturing, molecular cloning and protein analyses is essential.

Project details

Exosomes are extracellular vesicles that can deliver proteins and nucleic acids to recipient cells. The purpose of this investigation is to verify whether proteins contained in exosomes secreted by neuroblastoma cells in a MYCN-dependent manner contribute to tumourigenesis and cancer progression. Specifically, the student will:

  • Validate preliminary mass spectrometry data by assessing the presence of MYC-inducible exosomal protein and RNAs in the supernatant of cell lines and the plasma of neuroblastoma patients.
  • Purify exosomes from MYCN expressing and non-expressing cell lines. The isolated exosomes will be delivered to recipient cells to verify whether they affect directly or indirectly their metabolism, immune profile or angiogenic activity.

Informal enquires may be addressed to Professor Arturo Sala, e-mail: arturo.sala@brunel.ac.uk

How to apply

If you wish to apply, please e-mail the following to chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by noon Friday 21st October 2016: 

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A single-page A4 single-spaced covering letter setting out why you are a suitable candidate.  Please state the name of the project at the top of the page.
  • Names and contact details for two referees;
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript.

Sponsored Brunel Industrial Doctorate Scheme (BIDS)

Are you interested in a fast track career in Power Systems Engineering that is allied to an environmentally sustainable energy future? We are looking to recruit a full time PhD student to research the project “Novel Design, Development and Deployment of WAMS on a Cloud Computing Platform”. You would be funded by our prestigious EPSRC sponsored 3.5 year Brunel Industrial Doctorate Scheme (BIDS) in Smart Power Networks. Our programme offers environmentally focussed research, in an industrial setting, along with personal and professional development. .  Successful applicants will receive payment of their tuition fees as well as an annual (tax free) stipend of £17,000 and be based at GE Grid Solutions, WAMS Centre of Excellence, Edinburgh. 

The PhD student research project will investigate and develop innovative cloud computing approaches to enable scalable and secure analysis of massive PMU data using state of the art infrastructure as a service (IaaS) technology that can be effectively deployed in order to:

  • Implement novel scalable and on-demand wide area monitoring solutions
  • Design, develop and deploy the most computationally effective cloud computing software solutions
  • Co-operate in designing and deploying big data analytics for interpreting information, and presenting results intuitively to end users using advanced user interface technologies
  • Enable secure multiple access to wide area monitoring systems and data. 

Informal enquiries should be sent to Professor Gareth Taylor at gareth.taylor@brunel.ac.uk 

Entry Requirements

You should have or be expecting to gain a first or upper-second class honours degree in computer science, electronic and electrical engineering, or a closely related discipline. A Masters qualification is an advantage but not essential. Ideally having a strong personal interest in power systems and developing environmentally beneficial technology for the transmission and distribution of electrical power. You must also have a relevant connection with the UK, for example by having resided in the UK for 3 years not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to meet EPSRC’s eligibility criteria for funding of an award. 

Please e-mail your application comprising all of the documents listed below by Noon on Monday 10th October 2016 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk.   

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • A one A4 page statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e.: your skills and experience);
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript;
  • Evidence of English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), if appropriate;
  • Two academic references.

Interviews will take place at GE Grid Solutions, Edinburgh in October or November 2016. You should be available for a December 2016 or January 2017 start.

Brunel research vacancies

Research studentships, research assistant and research fellow vacancies are listed on the jobs.ac.uk website. Please use the search function to find the latest research opportunities.  

We are one of the largest employers in the area with approximately 2,500 employees and offer a diverse range of job opportunities. As well as competitive salaries, we are able to offer our staff benefits in terms of, childcare vouchers, gym membership at reduced rates, access to library facilities, discounts on private healthcare schemes and in-house staff training courses. 

External funding

Explore external funding, particularly the Research Councils, as well as other support. 

 

Research degree fees

Home/EU students

Course Fees per year for 2016/17
PhD – Postgraduate Research Full time: £4,121       Part time: £2,060
Brunel Integrated PhD  £8,850
International students

Subject area

Full-time fees per year for 2016/17

Part-time fees per year for 2016/17

Economics, Politics / History, Sociology, Anthropology, Media & Communications

£14,100

£7,050

Arts and Humanities, Screen Media, Journalism, Education, Law, Mathematics

£15,400

£7,770

Business, Engineering & Design, Environment, Geography, Health Sciences, Information Systems & Computing, Sport Sciences

£17,200

£8,600
The fees for the Brunel Integrated PhD for 2016/17 for international students are:

Subject area

Full time fees per year

Mathematical Sciences, Economics and Finance, Human Sciences, Education

£14,100

Information Systems, Business, Biological Sciences, Electronic and Computer Engineering,         Mechanical Engineering, Design, Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering

£17,200

Research projects undertaken in Biosciences may require an annual bench fee to cover the costs of laboratory consumables. The amount is variable dependent on the requirements of the project and will be discussed and agreed between the applicant and the supervisor at interview stage. This amount will be additional to tuition fees and will be stated in the offer letter from Admissions.