EPSRC Grant Ref:  EP/R513234/1

Applications are invited for one of 18 fully funded EPSRC PhD studentships in the area of Materials Science at the University of Huddersfield. Applicants should be of outstanding quality and exceptionally motivated.

The studentships are renewable for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory annual performance and progression review, and will provide for tuition fees, a tax-free stipend (subject to annual increase).

Please note that there are more projects than funded studentships and therefore this is a competitive application process which will include an interview.  Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview in person or via Skype. After the interview the 18 most outstanding applicants will be offered a studentship.

The application form and all details are available below

Queries about the application process are welcome and should be directed by email to materials.studentships@hud.ac.uk. Informal enquiries about individual projects should be directed to the lead supervisor listed for each project.

Summary of award

Type of Award: PhD Research Studentship
Eligibility: UK/EU applicants only; First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
Location: Huddersfield

3 years full time research covering tuition fees and a bursary (stipend) starting at £15,009 for 2019/20 and increasing in line with the EPSRC guidelines for the subsequent years.

Funded via the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Programme

Duration: 3 years, Full-time plus 12 months writing up
Closing date: 31 March 2019
Start date: October 2019

Candidate requirements

Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area. Specific subject related requirements and prerequisites are listed with each project.

Applicants will, normally, have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. See https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/help/eligibility/ for details.

Application details

  • Complete the Studentship Application Form .
  • Provide a current detailed CV, identifying any research employment or experience and, where applicable, details of research conference presentations or publications.
  • Provide copies of transcripts and certificates of all relevant academic and/or any professional qualifications.
  • Provide references from two individuals

Completed applications, including all relevant documents should be submitted via-email to materials.studentships@hud.ac.uk. Please note: if you do not attach all the relevant documentation prior to the closing date of 31 March 2019 your application will not be considered.


Projects available to apply for under this scheme

Bio Functionalized Surfaces

Development of Bio functionalized surfaces using Additive Printing of Materials

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Wear in shoulder replacements

Measurement and characterization of wear in shoulder replacements

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Mucoadhesive holders for advanced imaging

Manufacturing and testing of mucoadhesive holders for advanced imaging

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Wear In Firearms

Evaluating Material Wear In Firearms using X-ray Computer Tomography to Establish Mode of Use and Identification

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Nuclear Waste Remediation

Cryptand Cages for Anion Selective Encapsulation for Nuclear Waste Remediation

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A Novel Thermal Management System

A Novel Thermal Management System for Electric Vehicle’s Batteries

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Thermoelectric Nanomaterials

Engineering of Carbon-Oxide Composite Thermoelectric Nanomaterials

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Hydrogen and Formation of Uranium Hydride

Modelling Uranium Corrosion by Hydrogen and Formation of Uranium Hydride

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Electron Energy Loss Spectrometer

Development and Use of a Data-Acquisition System for an Electron Energy Loss Spectrometer

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Photo-Catalytic Chromium Complexes

Towards sustainable visible-light driven photo-catalytic materials: Redox non-innocent chromium(III) complexes

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Sustainable Hierarchical Bio-composites

Development of Sustainable Hierarchical Bio-composites for Industrial Applications

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Bubble lattice formation in nuclear materials

Understanding of the formation of ordered arrays of nanometre-sized gas bubbles within metals known as bubble lattices.

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Tungsten Nanofuzz Formation

Miniature Ion Gun to Explore Tungsten Nanofuzz Formation

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Microbial Biofilms

The ability of microbial biofilms to modify the surface properties of nuclear cements

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Ultrasound imaging of nanoparticles

Ultrasound imaging of nanoparticles for pathology diagnosis

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3D Lattice Structures

Measurement and Characterisation of Additively Manufactured 3D Lattice Structures Using X-ray Computed Tomography

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Novel Diaryliodonium Salts

Novel Diaryliodonium Salts as One-Component Photopolymerisation Agents

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New frontiers in ultra-precision surfaces

Spatial frequency optimization for processing freeform surfaces

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Irradiated Excipients

Crystal morphology effects on radical degradation pathways in irradiation sterilized pharmaceutical excipients

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