PhD studentships within the Faculty of Science and Engineering

The Faculty of Science and Engineering uses science, engineering and technology to help build a more connected, equitable and sustainable world. Recognising that society’s biggest challenges demand us to think long term and differently, we take a whole systems approach and contribute to solving real-world problems through deep learning, technical excellence and innovative research.

The Faculty is offering 7 full-time PhD studentships to start 1 October 2019, available to applicants interested in undertaking research within the following topics.

We also welcome applications from candidates who wish to propose their own project that relates to one of our areas of academic specialisation.

MPhil/PhD studentships in the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics

Online adaptation of robot swarm behaviour using hyper heuristics

Behaviour-driven optimisation of neural connectivity

Understanding optimisation processes with biologically-inspired visualisations

Design and control of variable-stiffness-actuators for bipedal locomotion

MPhil/PhD studentships in the School of Engineering

Developing high performance, durable graphene oxide concrete for structural applications in the coastal environment

Nanocoating for FRP composites in marine environment

Cyber-physical security system in renewable energy infrastructure

High-fidelity aero-hydro-elastic modelling of offshore wind turbines in extreme conditions

MPhil/PhD studentships in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Glaciers as secondary sources of anthropogenic pollutants: an emerging socio-environmental challenge

Long-term recovery of tropical forest carbon and diversity after fire: a cross continental comparison

Towards sustainable land management: Improving microbial nitrogen-sequestration from artificial soils

The evidence and implications of Cretaceous Wildfires

Open call for candidate-led MPhil/PhD studentship topics

We also welcome applications from candidates who wish to propose a project that relates to one of our areas of academic specialisation. If you wish to discuss informally a studentship concept further, please contact the relevant Head of Research for the schools listed below:

School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics: Professor Genhua Pan 

School of Engineering: Professor Alison Raby 

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences: Professor Gregory Price

Eligibility

Applicants should have (at least) a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a relevant masters qualification. Please see links above for specific details.

Funding

The studentship is supported for three years and includes full Home/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £15,009 per annum.  

Applicants normally required to cover overseas fees will have to cover the difference between the Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates (approximately £12,285 per annum).

How to apply

Applications must be made in accordance with the details shown below.

You can apply via the online application form and selecting ‘Apply’.

Please mark it FAO the relevant administrator below and clearly state that you are applying for a PhD studentship within the relevant School.

School of Biological and Marine Sciences: Ms Aimee McNeillie 

School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics: Mrs Carole Watson 

School of Engineering: Ms Aimee McNeillie 

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences: Mrs Nikki King 

For more information on the admissions process contact the relevant administrator.  

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 31 May 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview mid June. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by 30 June 2019 should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Start date: 1 October 2019