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Research and Development of Advanced Hydrogen Engines

Applications are invited for one full-time PhD Studentships in the Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels in the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University London for the project titled “Research and Development of Advanced Hydrogen Engines”. The PhD studentship is for a period of three years (36 months) effective 1st of October 2022. The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £18,062 plus payment of their full time Home/EU tuition fees.

Project Details

In order to achieve net-zero carbon transport, hydrogen can be used in place of gasoline and diesel in internal combustion engines for vehicles and many other powerplants. In this project, research and development works will be carried out to identify and implement the optimised engine design and combustion control technologies for maximum efficiency and performance. It will involve working with the technician and external collaborators in setting up and operating engines with hydrogen. 

Find out more about our work in this area here: Hydrogen engine for light commercial vehicles


Applicants will have or be expected to receive a minimum 2:1 or 1st class degree in mechanical engineering or a related discipline. A Masters qualification is an advantage but not essential. Good knowledge and understanding of thermodynamics and combustion. Practical experience with the operation of internal combustion engines.

How to apply

Applicants should submit the documents below to be considered for a research project Research and Development of Advanced Hydrogen Engines. Informal enquires may be addressed to Professor Hua Zhao via email to hua.zhao@brunel.ac.uk

Please e-mail all the documents listed below as a single PDF file to:

cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk  by noon on 23 May 2022.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • A research statement of 500-1,000 words setting out your project ideas
  • 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

Please, remember to put the project title in the subject of your email.

Interviews will take place during June/July 2022

Meet the Supervisor(s)

Hua Zhao - Academic Responsibilities Vice-Provost  and Dean,  College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences Former Vice Dean Research, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences Director, Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels (CAPF) Former Head of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Former Course directors for BEng/MEng Degrees in Motorsport Engineering, MSc in Automotive and Motorsport Engineering Former faculty advisor for Brunel Formula Student and Brunel Master Racing teams Academic Qualification and Honours BEng, Tianjin University, China. PhD, Leeds University, UK. FIMechE, Fellow of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK). DSc, Brunel University London. FSAE, Fellow of Society of Automotive Engineers  (US) FREng, Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering  Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering  Academic Career College Research Fellow,  Cambridge University, 1989-1992. Research Fellow, Imperial College of London, 1992-1994. Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Brunel University London, 1994-2001. Professor, Brunel University London, 2002-now.

Related Research Group(s)

Advanced Powertrain and Fuels

Advanced Powertrain and Fuels - We have particular strengths in improving the efficiency and reducing energy cost of existing engines through developing low temperature combustion processes and their controls and regenerative braking, as well as unique methodologies for the study of fuels and engines.