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Funded Research degree opportunities

We currently have the following funded Research degree opportunities available.    

The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership - PhD studentships available

Applications are invited for our PhD programme, to start in September 2019

The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership brings together eight of the world’s leading research centres in environmental science. Our partnership provides innovative doctoral training in a multidisciplinary research environment and fosters links between centres of research excellence, spanning NERC’s environmental science remit.

At least 20 PhD studentships are available across a suite of research themes:

  • Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation
  • Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes
  • Environmental Hazards & Pollution
  • Environmental Physics & Math. Modelling
  • Evolution & Adaptation
  • Past Life & Environments
  • Solid Earth Dynamics
  • Pan-disciplinary Studies

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For a description of each theme and a regularly updated list of potential PhD projects, visit our website:

http://www.london-nerc-dtp.org/ Application is via an online form on our website: http://london-nerc-dtp.org/apply-to-the-london-nerc-dtp/

Deadline for applications: 11am, Monday 7th January 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in February 2019.

Please note: NERC funding is subject to candidates meeting UKRI eligibility criteria and we especially encourage eligible students from the EU to apply.

PhD Studentship: Autonomous Train Servicing and Maintenance

Applications are invited for a full time PhD studentship in the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences on a research project in Autonomous Systems for Train Servicing funded jointly by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).  Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,777 plus payment of their full time home tuition fees for a period of 36 months. The start date is between 1st February and 1st October 2019.

Deadline: 6th January 2019

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You will join a team currently developing an experimental robotic system for train fluid servicing with TBG Solutions Ltd, in collaboration with Chiltern Railways. The plan is that this lab-based demonstrator of fluid servicing leads onto a railway demonstrator system and eventually a commercial system. Areas for further research are emerging from this industrial project, in terms of widening the scope of autonomous systems for performing tasks that are dirty, dull or dangerous for humans. Such systems will generate data on the condition of the trains being serviced, providing opportunities to improve the reliability and availability of trains. Using the train servicing robot, the proposed doctoral research will initially investigate:

  • Development of digital twin technology (representing physical assets with intelligent virtual models) in the context of autonomous servicing of trains.
  • Improving autonomous train servicing through the use of digital twin technology.
  • The design of future trains for autonomous servicing.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Mark Atherton at mark.atherton@brunel.ac.uk

Eligibility

Successful candidates must have a first degree at or equivalent to 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. mechanical engineering, design engineering, physics, or similar. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential.  You must also be eligible for home tuition fees. 

Demonstrable practical engineering ability through project work. Relevant experience in autonomous systems or mechatronics is an advantage.   In addition, he/she should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills.

If you wish to apply, please email the following to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk AND mark.atherton@brunel.ac.uk by no later than Sunday 6th January 2019:

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project. This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your motivation and suitability for research in autonomous systems applied to servicing and maintenance.
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s) confirming that you have a first degree at or equivalent to 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline;
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.

You will be asked to develop a research proposal on the application and development of a digital twin in the context of autonomous servicing of trains if you are invited for interview.    

PhD Studentship in manufacturing induced property development using electromagnetic pulse technology

Applications are invited for a full time 4-year EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentship in manufacturing induced property development using electromagnetic pulse technology in BCAST at Brunel University London and in collaboration with Constellium, starting from 1st October 2019 at the latest. 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. Successful applicant will receive an annual stipend of circa £17,000 and payment of their full time home tuition fees for 4 years (48 months).  

Deadline: 29th March 2019

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BCAST is a speciality research centre focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and hosts the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the EPSRC Future LiME Hub). BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. We cover fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing. See www.brunel.ac.uk/bcast for more information. The work will take place in BCAST’s Advanced Metals Casting Centre (AMCC) and Advanced Metals Processing Centre (AMPC), which are new scale-up facilities that bridge the gap between fundamental research and full scale industrialisation and are aimed at meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the automotive industry. The project will be part of the activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) established with BCAST. 

The successful candidate will develop and optimise the use of a high velocity forming technology, known as electromagnetic pulse technology (EMPT) to increase the mechanical properties of AlMgSiCu aluminium alloys. The research will evaluate and develop the understanding of the use of forming at high strain rates equivalent to those achieved using explosive forming to extend ductility. A strong background in physical metallurgy is essential, and experience in microstructural characterisation is desirable. 

Eligibility

Applicants are required to have an upper second or first class undergraduate honours degree in metallurgy/materials science or another related engineering or physical science. A Masters level qualification is desirable. In addition, the successful candidate should be highly motivated, able to work within a team and have good communication skills. 

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

If you wish to apply, please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 29th March 2019.

  • An up to date CV;
  • A single page (A4), single spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Names and contact details of 3 referees;
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript;
  • Copy of your English Language qualification, if appropriate.

 

PhD Studentship in thermomechanical processing of AlMgSiCu alloys for high electrical and thermal conductivity applications

Applications are invited for a full time 4-year EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentship in thermomechanical processing of AlMgSiCu alloys for high electrical and thermal conductivity applications in BCAST at Brunel University London and in collaboration with Constellium, starting from 1st October 2019 at the latest.  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. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of circa £17,000 and payment of their full time home tuition fees for 4 years (48 months).  

Deadline: 29th March 2019

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BCAST is a speciality research centre focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and hosts the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the EPSRC Future LiME Hub). BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. We cover fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing. See www.brunel.ac.uk/bcast for more information. The work will take place in BCAST’s Advanced Metals Casting Centre (AMCC) and Advanced Metals Processing Centre (AMPC), which are new scale-up facilities that bridge the gap between fundamental research and full scale industrialisation and are aimed at meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the automotive industry. The project will be part of the activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) established with BCAST. 

The successful candidate will develop and optimise the melt treatment and thermomechanical processing (TMP) conditions for a new generation of higher thermal and electrical conductivity age hardening AlMgSiCu aluminium alloys for applications in the wiring systems of electric vehicles and in the cooling systems of electric vehicle battery modules. The research will involve liquid metal processing, extrusion and thermomechanical treatment of extruded sections. The processed sections will be analysed using a combination of optical/ electron microscopies and eddy current method to understand the effect of compositional and processing conditions on microstructure and conductivity. A strong background in physical metallurgy is essential, and experience in microstructural characterisation is desirable. 

Eligibility

Applicants are required to have an upper second or first class undergraduate honours degree in metallurgy/materials science or another related engineering or physical science. A Masters level qualification is desirable. In addition, the successful candidate should be highly motivated, able to work within a team and have good communication skills. 

Informal enquiries and applications should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491. If you wish to apply, please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 29th March 2019.:

  • An up to date CV;
  • A single page (A4), single spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Names and contact details of 3 referees;
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript;
  • Copy of your English Language qualification, if appropriate.

 

PhD Studentship: Investigation of Electrostatic Properties of Pharmaceutical Aerosols Generated by Pressurised Metered Dose Inhalers (pMDIs)

Applications are invited for a funded full time PhD studentship in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering and sponsored by Mexichem UK Ltd.  The studentship is for a period of 3 years and the successful applicant will receive an annual stipend of £16,777 plus payment of their full time Home/EU tuition fees.  A successful international applicant will receive payment of their full time international tuition fee and a maximum contribution to living costs of £5,500, adjustable annually.

Deadline: 30 November 2018

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You will work on a project to investigte electrostatic properties of pharmaceutical aerosols generated by pressurized metered dose inhalers (pMDIs). It has been recognised that when the aerosols are delivered by pMDIs, they are electrically charged and consequently the medicament deposition in the human lung is influenced by the level and polarity of charge. The process of charge acquisition during aerosol formation is poorly understood. The charge acquisition mechanism is complex as the contact and tribo-electrification will take place and it is difficult to identify which of these mechanisms is dominant at which location. This complex process depends on the electronic work function of the surfaces involved. Furthermore, the flash boiling that takes place within the valve stem and valve orifice will play a major role in the atomisation process. In order to better understand the complex charge acquisition mechanisms, a systematic study of the materials and processes involved need to be carried out. If deep knowledge of the mechanisms involved can be understood, it would then be possible to even control the characteristics of the aerosol that exit from the devices so that specific site lung deposition of the active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) may be achievable.

Please contact Professor Wamadeva Balachandran at emstwwb@brunel.ac.uk for an informal discussion about the project.

Eligibility

Applicants will have or expect to receive a first degree at 2:1 or above in Physics/any branch of Engineering. A Master’s degree is an advantage but not essential. 

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability to think innovatively and produce solutions that will be applied and tested in a laboratory environment using various propellants and devices. Successful candidate will be expected to interact closely with the sponsoring organisation. 

How to Apply

Please email your application comprising all of the documents listed below by 30 November 2018 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk:

  • Your up-to-date CV
  • Your personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate, i.e.: your skills and experience.
  • Your degree transcripts and certificates;
  • Evidence of English language skills to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate.

AHRC Funded Studentships in College of Business, Arts & Social Sciences via the TECHNE2 Doctoral Training Partnership

Brunel University London is part of a consortium of universities in London and the southeast that form a national Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) focusing on the arts and humanities disciplines.TECHNE is one of ten Doctoral Training Partnerships receiving funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of their commitment to supporting postgraduate-level research into the arts and humanities disciplines.   

Originally established in 2014, TECHNE has successfully collaborated with partner institutions and external organisations across London and the south east to deliver industry-relevant research across a range of arts and humanities disciplines. The latest round of funding enables the consortium to widen its remit and continue this work. 

As part of the DTP consortium, Brunel University London will support studentships for high-achieving arts and humanities scholars which will commence in October 2019. The studentships will be offered through the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences’ interdisciplinary research centres – Entrepreneurship and Sustainability and Global Lives.  DTP students will become members of the College’s vibrant research community where they will benefit from Brunel’s diverse specialist expertise.  

Deadline for applications - 18th January 2019

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Please see a detailed subject area list here.

Studentships are available as either on a full-time or part-time basis. Successful applicants for a Full-time award will receive an annual maintenance stipend of approximately £16777 per year (2018-19) RCUK rate paid in monthly instalments in arrears) for the period of their award ,plus Fees at the current RCUK rate for Full time or Part time courses.

How to apply and eligibility

The following documentation below should be submitted by email with the Subject header - AHRC TECHNE2 Doctoral Training Partnership application to emma.sigsworth@brunel.ac.uk 

  • Completed Application form , please read guidance notes before completing;
  • An up-to-date CV;
  • Details of your residential eligibility. (Please see page 16 at https___ahrc.ukri
  • Research Proposal – 2000 words
  • Two academic references or names and contact details of two academic referees. One professional reference (if applicable).
  • A copy of your Undergraduate transcript and certificate, and Masters transcript and certificate (if applicable). If you have not yet completed your degree programme please provide the most up-to-date transcript available.
  • A copy of your English language qualification, where applicable. Any non-native speaker who has not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section). 

Deadline for applications - 18th January 2019

 

ESRC Funded Studentships in Health & Wellbeing at Brunel University London via the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership. 

Brunel University London is pleased to invite applications for ESRC-funded studentships in Health and Wellbeing, offered through the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (GUDTP). The GUDTP is an exciting collaboration between Brunel, the University of Oxford and the Open University, which offers its students access to innovative social science research training across all three institutions. Brunel DTP students in Health & Wellbeing will be members of the GUDTP Health & Wellbeing Pathway, led by Brunel and delivered collaboratively by the three universities. You can find further information about the GUDTP here.

Applicants to conduct doctoral research in Health and Wellbeing at Brunel will be based within the appropriate subject area. The Pathway studentships are available across a wide agenda of the most significant national and global health and wellbeing challenges, offering applicants opportunities to work with expert research teams in a range of disciplines. Areas of expertise include - but are not restricted to - 

  • lifestyle behaviours and health and wellbeing inequalities
  • sport, physical activity, health and wellbeing;
  • health and wellbeing across the life course, including youth and in older age;
  • psychology, health and wellbeing;
  • gender, sexual health and anti-violence interventions;
  • healthcare and occupational therapy;
  • health economics.

Deadline for applications is 18 January 2019

Find out more

More information on the Health and Wellbeing research areas available at Brunel is available at http://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Grand-Union-DTP.

Studentships are available as either three year PhD (+3) or four-year studentships, depending on the level of research training already achieved, on a full-time or part-time basis. Successful applicants for a Full-time award will receive an annual maintenance stipend of approximately £16777 per year (2018-19) RCUK rate paid in monthly instalments) for the period of their award (three or four years) plus Fees at the current RCUK rate for Full time or Part time courses. Successful applicants for a Part-time award will be paid pro rata for the period of their award (six or eight years).

How to apply and eligibility

For the Health & Wellbeing pathway, the following documentation below should be sent by email to:

Emma.sigsworth@brunel.ac.uk BUL DTP Manager with the subject header: Grand Union DTP studentship – Health & Wellbeing pathway.

  • Complete the application form;
  • An up-to-date CV;
  • Details of your residential eligibility.  Please see annex 1 of the ESRC postgraduate funding guide
  • Research Proposal – 2000 words
  • Two academic references or names and contact details of two academic referees. One professional reference (if applicable).
  • A copy of your Undergraduate transcript, certificate, Masters Transcript, and certificate (if applicable).   If you have not yet completed your course, please provide an up-to-date transcript.
  • A copy of your English language qualification, where applicable. Any non-native speaker who has not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section). 

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview. Following the interview, applicants will receive an initial decision about whether they are being nominated for a Grand Union DTP scholarship. Nominees will be instructed to submit a formal online application via Brunel University Admissions.   A final decision from the DTP Panel on the award of a studentship will be advised by April 2019. All nominees who meet the required standard for doctoral study will also be advised of any alternative opportunities for doctoral study at Brunel. 

Deadline for applications is 18 January 2019.Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in w/c 4th February. 

 

ESRC Funded Studentship in Education at Brunel University London, via the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership.

Brunel University London is pleased to invite applications for studentships in Education, offered through the ESRC-funded Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (GUDTP). The GUDTP is an exciting collaboration between Brunel, the University of Oxford and the Open University, which offers its students access to innovative social science research training across all three institutions. Brunel DTP students in Education will be members of the GUDTP Education Pathway led by the University of Oxford and Brunel, and delivered collaboratively by the two universities. You can find further information about the GUDTP here.

Brunel DTP students on the Education pathway will join the Department of Education. Education at Brunel is a leading department in the UK offering the full range of provision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In common with the university as a whole the department has a rich ethnic mix among its student population and attracts a significant proportion of students from outside the European Union. The Education Department’s excellence is illustrated by being rated as 10th best in the UK by the Complete University Guide, 2016, and by both Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes being rated as ‘Outstanding in All Areas’ by Ofsted in their most recent inspection. In the last Research Excellence Framework, 60% of the Education Department’s research was world leading or internationally excellent, and 90% of its impact was graded as internationally excellent.   

Deadline for applications is 18th January 2019  

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Brunel DTP students on the Education pathway will be members of the Department’s vibrant research community where they will benefit from Brunel’s diverse specialist expertise from the following three research groups: 

Pedagogy, policy and curriculum – please contact Dr David Aldridge (david.aldridge@brunel.ac.uk)

This group is broadly interested in the role that the humanities can play in informing contemporary educational debates and policy questions.  The group combines significant experience in teacher development and leadership across a range of educational sectors with world leading research expertise, particularly in theoretical approaches to educational concerns.  We particularly encourage applications concerned with:

  • Theoretical and historical approaches to Higher Education
  • Theoretical and historical approaches to professional practice and policy in education, including teacher formation and development
  • Philosophy of education, including ethical questions in education, and curriculum theory
  • Research at the intersection of literary studies and education

Education, Identities and Society - please contact Dr Kate Hoskins (kate.hoskins@brunel.ac.uk)

The group has a strong and sustained research profile which sits at the intersection of Education, Sociology, Human Geography, Youth Studies and Digital Presence. Our work covers all educational sectors, and includes informal and alternative education settings. We would particularly welcome applications in the field of:

  • Access and widening participation
  • Embodiment and embodied learning
  • Family and parenting
  • Youth identities
  • Professional formations and professional identities
  • Power, resistance, and compliance
  • Education policy.

STEM Education – please contact Professor Mike Watts (mike.watts@brunel.ac.uk)

Our research and educational enquiry is largely practice-based and aims to inform debates on STEM education and professional learning, and contribute to programmes of excellent teaching in both formal and informal educational settings. We would particularly welcome applications in the field of:

  • The learning of science, mathematics and technology, including inquiry-based teaching and assessment
  • STEM subject knowledge for teaching in schools and universities
  • The role of feelings and emotions in STEM learning
  • The development and use of talk in STEM classrooms   
  • Learning technologies across the provision of STEM, and in other disciplines

Joint Oxford-Brunel supervision will be available where beneficial, drawing on existing external co-supervision practices. More information on the Education research areas available at Brunel is available at http://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Grand-Union-DTP.

Studentships are available as either three year PhD (+3) or four-year studentships, depending on the level of research training already achieved, on a full-time or part-time basis. Successful applicants for a Full-time award will receive an annual maintenance stipend of approximately £16777 per year (2018-19 RCUK rate paid in monthly instalments) for the period of their award (three or four years) plus Fees at the current RCUK rate for Full time or Part time courses. Successful applicants for a Part-time award will be paid pro rata for the period of their award (six or eight years). 

How to apply and eligibility

For the Education Pathway, the following documentation below should be sent by email to:

Emma.sigsworth@brunel.ac.uk BUL DTP Manager with the subject header: Grand Union DTP studentship – Education pathway. 

  • Completed application form;
  • An up-to-date CV;
  • Details of your residential eligibility.  Please see annex 1 of the ESRC postgraduate funding guide
  • Research Proposal – 2000 words
  • Two academic references or names and contact details of two academic referees. One professional reference (if applicable).
  • A copy of your Undergraduate transcript and certificate and Masters transcript and certificate (if applicable).   If you have not yet completed your course, please provide an up-to-date transcript.
  • A copy of your English language qualification, where applicable. Any non-native speaker who has not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section). 

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview at Brunel. Following the interview, applicants will receive an initial decision about whether they are being nominated for a Grand Union DTP scholarship. Nominees will be instructed to submit a formal online application via Brunel University Admissions.   A final decision from the DTP Panel on the award of a studentship will be advised by April 2019. All nominees who meet the required standard for doctoral study will also be advised of any alternative opportunities for doctoral study at Brunel. 

Deadline for applications is 18th January 2019   

 

BCAST PhD Studentship: Formation of Intermetallics during Solidification of Aluminium Alloys 

Applications are invited for one full time PhD studentship at Brunel University London, to be agreed at interview. 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 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). 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. 

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.

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; 

 

BCAST PhD Studentship: Heterogeneous Nucleation during Solidification of Light Metals

Applications are invited for two full time PhD studentships at Brunel University London, to be agreed at interview.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.  

Find out more

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). 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. 

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

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.

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; 

 

BCAST PhD Studentship: Materials Modelling and Process Simulation in Casting of Light Metals

Applications are invited for ONE full time PhD studentship for this project with Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), to be agreed at interview. 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 theoretical modelling of microstructural evolution in DC casting and computer simulation of casting process. Thisse projects will be pursued using a combination of analytical and numerical models to simulate solidification and casting processes in order to predict as-solidified microstructure and casting defects formation.

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). 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 an advantage. 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, you 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. 

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; 

All eligible applicants will be interviewed, time and date to be confirmed. 


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:
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.

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 Studentship: Cyber Secure Predictive Control for Chemical Plants

Applications are invited for one PhD studentship in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Computer Science in the field of cyber-security.  Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,777 (UK/EU candidates) or £10,000 (Overseas candidates) plus payment of their full time UK/EU or Overseas tuition fees, whichever is appropriate, for a period of 36 months (3 years).

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Cybersecurity is at the top of the global risks of Fortune 500 CEOs with 72% of them being afraid that their firms are not fully prepared for cyber events. In chemical plants, cybersecurity breaches can lead not only to legal and reputational risk but, more importantly, to major safety issues for the personnel and the general population.    The proposed PhD project will contribute to the development of a comprehensive framework (concept, theory, software and implementation strategy) to identify, predict, prevent and mitigate cyberattacks in chemical plant. The aim is to develop a “Cyber‐secure predictive control” approach and models for chemical plants that enables resilience of control schemes to cyberattacks thus de‐risking operations. In particular, the successful applicant for this PhD studentship will develop digital twins for a range of chemical plant assets and use these models to test, detect and respond to attacks.  Once developed, the framework can be used to map potential threats and weaknesses, manage live threats and attacks, quantify risk and economic cost of consequences and evaluate control strategies that prevent threats.

For an informal general discussion regarding the above post, please contact Dr. Francesco Coletti at

Francesco.coletti@brunel.ac.uk  

Eligibility

Applicants should have a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in mathematics, computer science, process

Systems engineering or a closely related discipline. Experience in programming (e.g. Python) is required.  Some background in process simulation and control and/or cryptography is highly desirable. We expect candidates with computer science background to familiarise themselves with the operation of chemical plants prior to the interview.

How to Apply

Please email your application comprising all of the documents listed below by Noon on Friday 7th December 2018 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk:

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your degree transcripts and certificates;
  • Evidence of English language skills to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Your personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate and your skills/experience in one or a combination of the following languages and technologies:
    • Software programming (Python, C, C++, C#, .NET or Java); one of the Robotics Languages, Labview Suite or Hardware Decryption Languages (HDL);
    • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems, sensor and actuation networks and PLCs
    • Process Systems Engineering, process simulation and control

Interviews will take place during the second week of January 2019. 

PhD Scholarship: “Single and Two-Phase Flow Heat Transfer in Novel Heat Exchangers Manufactured Using Friction Stir Channelling”

Applications are invited for ONE full time PhD scholarship funded by Brunel University London and The Welding Institute (TWI).  The studentship is for a period of 3 years, starting 7th January 2019 or at a mutually agreed time after that. 

The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend of £20,000 plus payment of their full time home/EU tuition fees. Applicants must be eligible for home/EU tuition fees. 

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The scope of the project is to study experimentally the fluid flow characteristics and heat transfer rates in novel heat exchangers. The research will start with single-phase measurements of pressure drop and heat transfer rates and continue with similar measurements in flow boiling. In this part, flow visualization will also be carried out using a high-speed, high-resolution camera to study the prevailing flow patterns in the heat exchangers channels. The effect of the channel characteristics (dimensions and surface roughness) on flow patterns, pressure drop and heat transfer rates will be assessed as part of this study. An existing experimental facility will be used for this purpose and the heat exchanger test sections will manufactured at TWI using a newly patented process called friction stir channelling. Technical support for the research work is available at Brunel for the experimental part. A team of experts in welding at TWI will support and manufacture the heat exchanger test sections at the specifications required. The successful research candidate will work closely with the supervisory team to help the introduction of these novel heat exchangers to relevant industries by evaluating the techno-economics of this technique and comparing it with other heat exchanger manufacturing methods.

Please contact either of the following for information about the project:

Eligibility

Applicants will have or expect to receive a first degree at 2:1 or above in an Engineering or Physical Sciences related discipline. A Masters degree is an advantage but not essential.  Applicants with a Mechanical or Chemical Engineering background are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Please email your application comprising all of the documents listed below by Noon on Monday 3rd December 2018 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.ukand tassos.karayiannis@brunel.ac.uk 

  • 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);
  • Your degree transcripts and/or certificates;
  • Evidence of English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), if appropriate;
  • Name and contact details for two academic referees.

Interviews will take place in mid-December 2018. 

 

Novel Machine Learning for Object Recognition and Scene Understanding

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship which aims to develop a novel machine learning approach for object recognition and scene understanding.  The studentship is part of a collaborative project led by Brunel University London and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).

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Brunel University London is supporting the development of the interdisciplinary research Institute of Innovative Quality Engineering and Smart Technology (I2QUEST). The I2QUEST is an international Industry - University - Research innovation platform, recently launched with Sichuan Mingxin Investment Group (SMIG), supported by Chengdu High-tech Zone, with its vision to be a world leading Centre of Excellence in innovative quality engineering and smart technology.

Object recognition and scene understanding are essential abilities for robots and autonomous systems to navigate in its environment and achieve their operational goals.  Depp learning has been applied in object recognition and scene understanding with impressive performance bit it generally requires a very large amount of data and expensive computations with the learned knowledge difficult to comprehend.

This studentship will develop a novel machine learning approach to overcome the limitations of common deep learning, whilst matching its learning power and performance.  A sound methodology will be developed and validated with experiments and demonstrators.

The student will be based at Brunel’s Uxbridge campus and will be part of the research team in the College of Engineering Design and Physical Sciences. The student will be able participate in national and international conferences, interact with industrial partners, and will have an opportunity to travel to Chengdu, China, to work with collaborators associated with the Chengdu High-Tech Zone.

For an informal general discussion regarding the above post, please contact Dr QingPing Yang at QingPing.Yang@brunel.ac.uk.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should have a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in computer science, software engineering or a closely related discipline.  A Masters qualification is an advantage but not essential. 

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,777 (UK/EU candidates) or £10,000 (Overseas candidates) plus payment of their full time UK/EU or Overseas tuition fees, whichever is appropriate, for a period of 36 months (3 years).

How to Apply

Please e-mail your application comprising all of the documents listed below by Noon on Friday 30th November 2018 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk:

  • Your up-to-date CV
  • A 300-500 word document setting out 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 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 during December 2018 with a proposed start date of January 2019.

College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences
PhD Studentship:  Natural Language Voice User Interface for Intelligent HCI

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship which aims to develop a natural language voice user interface for intelligent HCI. The studentship is part of a collaborative project led by Brunel University London and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).  

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Brunel University London is supporting the development of the interdisciplinary research Institute of Innovative Quality Engineering and Smart Technology (I2QUEST). The I2QUEST is an international Industry - University - Research innovation platform, recently launched with Sichuan Mingxin Investment Group (SMIG), supported by Chengdu High-tech Zone, with its vision to be a world leading Centre of Excellence in innovative quality engineering and smart technology.

Intelligent voice user interface plays an important role in future Industrie 4.0.   Robotics and autonomous systems should be able to communicate with human operators intelligently and they should be capable of advanced speech recognition or understanding, natural language processing and conversation.

This studentship will develop a robust natural language voice user interface for intelligent HCI.  The research will adopt a novel approach to language recognition and understanding, and develop practical methods and robust algorithms to achieve more accurate and reliable speech recognition.

The student will be based at Brunel’s Uxbridge campus and will be part of the research team in the College of Engineering Design and Physical Sciences. The student will be able participate in national and international conferences, interact with industrial partners, and will have an opportunity to travel to Chengdu, China, to work with collaborators associated with the Chengdu High-Tech Zone.

For an informal general discussion regarding the above post, please contact Dr QingPing Yang at QingPing.Yang@brunel.ac.uk.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should have a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in computer science, software engineering or a closely related discipline.  A Masters qualification is an advantage but not essential. 

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,777 (UK/EU candidates) or £10,000 (Overseas candidates) plus payment of their full time UK/EU or Overseas tuition fees, whichever is appropriate, for a period of 36 months (3 years).

How to Apply

Please e-mail your application comprising all of the documents listed below by Noon on Friday 30th November 2018 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk:

  • Your up-to-date CV
  • A 300-500 word document setting out 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 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 during December 2018 with a proposed start date of January 2019. 

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