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A Sustainability Analysis of Airports

Brunel University London (BUL) is recruiting to EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships effective 1 October 2020. Applications are invited for the following specific project called “A Sustainability Analysis of Airports”. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £17,285 plus payment of their full-time home tuition fees for a period of 36 months (3 years).  Applicants must be eligible for home tuition fees either through nationality, residency (living in the UK for at least three years and not wholly for educational purposes) or other connection to the UK. 

The successful applicant will join the internationally recognised researchers in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. This exciting research project is focused on using the Process Analysis Method to generate a wide-ranging indicator set to independently assess how or whether airport use is progressing towards sustainability. The demand for air passenger and freight has been increasing globally, and airport expansion is considered important for commercial activity and national or regional economic prosperity. However, this conflicts with reaching GHG reduction targets in the transition to a lower carbon future.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability to analyse, interpret and draw conclusions from quantitative and qualitative data using statistical methods. More broadly, they will be expected to show critical thinking and good self-management skills.

Please contact Dr Colin J Axon at colin.axon@brunel.ac.uk  for an informal discussion about the studentship.

This is a College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences: EPSRC Funded DTP PhD Studentship.


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 discipline. A Postgraduate Masters degree is not required but may be an advantage. 

Experience in sustainability, transport, environmental management or energy systems is not essential, however it may be an advantage. In addition, applicants should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and independently, collaborate with others and have good communication skills.

How to apply

Please submit your application documents (see list below) by Noon on Friday 26 June 2020 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk. Interviews will take place in July 2020.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your personal statement (300 to 500 words) summarising your background, skills and experience;
  • Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent, 6.0 in all sections), if appropriate;
  • Contact details for TWO referees, one of which can be an academic member of staff in the College.

Remember to state the title of the project at the top of your personal statement.