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An Investigation into Droplet Splashing and Levitation Phenomena in Multiphase Systems


Opens:22 November 2017

With this project, we propose an investigation into a variety of dynamics and effects produced by the interaction of a droplet or a group of droplets with a solid or liquid surface. Related technological applications abound in the fields of thermal, mechanical and chemical engineering.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, International

Subject

Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Chemical and process engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

High Resolution Methods for Assessment of Heat loss From Plants and Arrays of Buildings


Opens:19 December 2017

With this project, we propose an investigation into a variety of dynamics and effects produced by the interaction of an array of buildings (or a set of heat sources in an industrial plant or in a power plant) with a cross flow (horizontal wind).

Fee status

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Protein Crystals and Pharmaceutical Processes: A Fluid-dynamic Approach to Macromolecular Crystal Engineering


Opens:18 September 2018

The relevance of self-organization, pattern formation and non-equilibrium behaviour in a wide range of problems, related to macromolecular crystal engineering and typical pharmaceutical processes for the production of drugs and medicines, calls for a concerted approach using the tools of statistical physics

Fee status

Subject

Mechanical and aerospace engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

A framework for efficient design of multi-functional composite structures for light-weighting electrical power systems on aircraft


Deadline:30 January 2020 Opens:10 January 2020

This is a four-year funded industry-funded interdisciplinary PhD project on the design and manufacture of electrical power systems integrated with composite materials. It is offered jointly by the Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management departments.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

PhD Fine and ultra-fine particles in air: electromagnetic and low temperature plasma decontamination


Opens:1 June 2017

A three year PhD project offered by the High Voltage Technologies (HVT) Research Group, focused on the development of advanced impulsive non-thermal plasma systems for air cleaning and aerosol decontamination operations.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

PhD Non-thermal transient plasma discharges for environmental applications


Opens:1 June 2017

A three year PhD investigating the efficiency of transient non-thermal plasma discharges for different environmental applications is offered by the High Voltage Technologies (HVT) Research group within the Institute for Energy & Environment.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Expanding Measurement Limits of Fibre-Optic Voltage and Current Sensors for Smart Grid Applications


Opens:11 September 2019

A 36-month full-time, fully funded Strathclyde/NPL/Synaptec PhD Studentship with the aim to investigate a range of electrical, mechanical, photonic and materials science aspects of hybrid fibre-optic voltage and current sensors in order to drive the limits of their measurement performance in smart grid applications.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Chemical and process engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend

Advanced BioMaterials for Construction and Civil Engineering


Opens:6 September 2017

This PhD will explore how bacterially generated materials can be modified by incorporation of polymers and nanoparticles to enhance their mechanical properties. In this way, bacterially generated materials could be modified for specific tasks, such as earthquake and weather resistance.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Chemistry, Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

bio-deterioration of concrete and conservation of architectural heritage


Opens:18 October 2017

Bio-deterioration of concrete strongly affects much of our built heritage and is particularly notable in wet territories like the UK or South East Asia. How to effectively solve bio-deterioration of concrete sculptures and buildings is an environmental, societal and scientific challenge.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Pressure Wave Propagation in Slurry Environments


Deadline:27 March 2020 Opens:20 December 2019

The hydro-transport of fluid mixtures of solid particles and liquids (ie slurries) in pipes is common to many applications, including mineral extraction, river dredging, the sewage industry and the recovery of oil and gas.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Machine Learning-Based Control of Pressure Waves in Subsurface Engineering


Deadline:27 March 2020 Opens:20 December 2019

A theoretical understanding of the movement and interaction of pressure waves (i.e. pulses) along a fluid conduit (e.g. well bore) can be developed by analytical models and laboratory test rigs. Both approaches assume that the fluid and the conduit have largely uniform and known properties.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Design manufacture and engineering management, Mechanical and aerospace engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Manufacturing of high-integrity parts for critical applications


Deadline:29 February 2020 Opens:9 August 2019

Working with the AFRC's Tier 1 members forging can create components that are stronger than those manufactured by any other metalworking processes. The manufacturing of high-integrity parts for critical applications brings important challenges and one of the main aims of this industry doctorate is to bridge this gap.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Novel approach to control pharmaceutical crystallisation using heterogeneous nucleation


Deadline:31 March 2020 Opens:7 January 2020

This project will take experimental and/or simulation approach to understand how to manipulate surface dipole layers and dispersion interactions to control nucleation rate and the direct formation of a particular polymorph.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Control of organic gels for tailored applications


Opens:29 January 2019

The application of gel materials is linked to their unique characteristics, which can be manipulated through control of the synthetic procedure used; by further understanding the underpinning science of gel formation, these materials can be extended to new frontiers.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Finite temperature superfluid turbulence flow-structure interactions via immersed boundary methods


Opens:29 January 2019

The research is a co-operation with researchers at California Institute of Technology, and will pioneer superfluid flow-structure interactions with are of key importance in technological and astronomical applications.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Investigating secondary nucleation at the microscale using optical tweezing


Opens:29 January 2019

Secondary nucleation of crystals using a ‘seed’ crystal is poorly understood phenomenon in pharmaceutical manufacturing. This project is a novel investigation of how microscopic mechanical disturbance of the seed promotes secondary nucleation, using a particle manipulated with an optical tweezer.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Designing colloidal films and membranes with complex interactions


Opens:29 January 2019

Many applications rely on structured films and membranes, such as selective filters, adsorbents, and biological systems. The project will use computer modelling to analyse how particles with complex interactions aggregate to form films with complex structure and complex time-evolution.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Inhibiting amyloid development using natural compounds: a molecular dynamics study


Opens:29 January 2019

This project will utilise molecular dynamics simulation, exploiting the ARCHIE_WeSt supercomputer at Strathclyde to understand how the inhibitors interact with protein aggregates; how they interfere with the nucleation and growth pathway of the fibrils, and if aggregation can be reversed.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Investigation of pharmaceutical crystallisation using small angle x-ray scattering


Opens:29 January 2019

The project will focus on the applications of latest Small-angle X-ray scattering system in CMAC (EPSRC Centre of excellence in continuous manufacturing and crystallisation) to provide mechanistic understanding of interparticle interaction in dense system under repulsive or attractive interactions.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Development of a spatially resolved spectroscopy probe for application in pharmaceutical drying processes


Opens:29 January 2019

In this project, the student will be involved in an industrial funded project to develop and use spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) and spatially resolved diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (SR-DRS) for obtaining insight into sub-surface powder drying behaviour.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Modelling the effect of the electric double layer on electron transfer kinetics


Opens:29 January 2019

This project will combine recent theories for the influence of charge correlations on the structure of the electric double layer with a simple quantum description of charge transfer to to develop a new model for electrochemical reactions.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Developing a multiscale description of complex fluids from the molecular to the continuum scales


Opens:29 January 2019

This ambitious project attempts to build a single, unified description of complex fluids that incorporates molecular-level detail but can be applied on a wide range of length and time scales that extends to the continuum scale.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Modelling the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks for continuous manufacture


Opens:29 January 2019

The project aims to develop new models for predicting the performance of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) in adsorption applications and in computational design of nanoporous silica materials, as well as obtaining experimental insight into the synthesis of MOFs.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Improved Water Treatment via Densification of Flocs


Opens:29 January 2019

This modelling and simulation study will investigate the processes by which an aggregate or floc within a solid-liquid wastewater suspension densifies (i.e. becomes more compact) as the suspension is subjected to shear, such densification facilitating the wastewater treatment separation process.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Nucleation of organic crystals in flows


Opens:29 January 2019

This project investigates how crystals nucleate and how fluid flows can be used to influence crystallisation, using cutting edge experimental facilities, including high speed high resolution imaging, Brownian microscopy, static and dynamic light scattering and small angle X-ray scattering.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Development of learner autonomy in student-centred learning environments in engineering


Opens:29 January 2019

This project will investigate behavioural and performance characteristics of students when working in Problem-Based and Enquiry-based learning activities in order to elucidate the link between the use of these approaches and the development of learner’s autonomy.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Mapping sustainable biomass heating pathways for heat decarbonisation


Opens:29 January 2019

This project aims to develop sustainable, integrated and efficient approaches to biomass heating amidst barriers, opportunities and uncertainties. The different pathways and contributions to heat decarbonisation will be examined using systems thinking approach and life cycle sustainable assessment framework.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Optimising organic feedstock properties for thermal applications


Opens:29 January 2019

This project will utilise modelling and experimental tools to understand dewatering and drying characteristics of various organic wastes. This project will lead to the development of novel drying technologies for organic feedstocks and thermal applications.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

PhD Studentship - Systems Science in Public Health and Health Economics Research (SIPHER)


Deadline:30 March 2020 Opens:9 January 2020

As part of the SIPHER research project, we are inviting applications for a fully funded PhD to explore policy approaches to public engagement and/or policy understandings of and/or responses to public values, opinions and preferences.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Social work and social policy

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Dean's Global Research Scholarship: Humanities & Social Sciences - 2020/21


Deadline:30 March 2020 Opens:28 October 2019

These scholarships, for new international applicants, will help to cover the difference between the tuition fee for a UK/EU postgraduate research student, and that chargeable to an overseas postgraduate research student. The awards will apply for each year of study up to 3 years.

Fee status

International

Subject

Politics, History, Modern languages, Speech and language therapy, Education, Law, Creative writing, English, Psychology, Social work and social policy, Journalism

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

International fee

Student Excellence Awards (SEA) 2020/21


Deadline:6 March 2020 Opens:6 November 2019

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to invite applications from excellent students with original research proposals for the University of Strathclyde Student Excellence awards commencing in October 2020. There are six awards available: one for each of our academic Schools.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Physical activity for health, Politics, History, Modern languages, Speech and language therapy, Education, Law, Creative writing, English, Psychology, Social work and social policy, Journalism

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Accelerating the clinical introduction of novel antibiotic combinations effective against Gram-negative pathogens


Opens:6 January 2020

You will work under the supervision of Dr Fraser J. Scott to investigate Strathclyde Minor Groove Binders in combination with existing antibiotics. Experimental work will involve in vitro susceptibility testing, toxicity testing, and mechanism of action studies on clinical isolates.

Fee status

Subject

Chemistry, Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time, Part Time

Funding

Noise-resilient quantum algorithms and software for quantum computers


Deadline:30 September 2020 Opens:24 April 2019

Quantum computers are now a reality with immense potential to solve problems in a wide range of industries. However quantum processes have intrinsic uncertainty, which introduces noise in their results. We aim to quantify and mitigate this noise in realistic applications of quantum computers.

Fee status

Subject

Computer and information sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Studies of the interaction of intense laser pulses with plasma as ultra-compact accelerators, plasma-based laser amplifiers, and coherent and incoherent attosecond x-ray sources


Opens:1 January 2017

PhDs are available in an exciting and challenging research area, with a vibrant group of experimentalists and theoreticians developing and applying ultra-compact accelerators and x-ray sources based on laser-plasma interactions.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Microscopic mapping and spectroscopy of III-nitride semiconductors and devices


Opens:1 August 2017

This project involves different microscopic techniques to investigate semiconductor heterostructures and light-emitting diode devices, performed on our suite of scanning electron microscopes, providing information on material properties at length scales ranging from nanometres to centimetres.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Multiscale neural imaging - from synapse to whole organism


Opens:12 February 2018

Advances in microscopy allow imaging on scales ranging from single molecules to whole organism. This project involves developing a microscope that will allow images of whole invertebrates (likely C. Elegans nematode worms) be correlated with nanoscopic (super-reolution) images of sub-cellular regions within them.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

A multidisciplinary approach to elucidate the mechanism of ammonium transport by the ubiquitous family of Amt/Rhesus protein


Opens:31 May 2017

What are the functional features that are important for the ion specificity and ion permeation? What are the structural features that explain the mechanistic difference between Amt (transporter) and Rh (channel)? What are the conformational changes associated with the transport cycle?

Fee status

Subject

Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Margin to Mainstream: Using Engagement to change entrenched consumption practices around food waste


Deadline:20 March 2020 Opens:20 December 2019

A three-year full-time Marketing PhD scholarship for candidates who wish to explore the role of consumer engagement in affecting institutional change around food sustainability. Joint supervision with University of Adelaide and opportunity for semester in Australia.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU

Subject

Business, Marketing

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

An Investigation into the impact of disruptive technologies on supply chain innovation: a focus on sustainability


Deadline:31 March 2020 Opens:8 January 2020

This PhD opportunity forms part of a wider Innovation cluster within the Department of Marketing and will give the student the opportunity to work within a vibrant network of academics and practitioners. The PhD supervision will be undertaken by two experts in the fields of innovation and supply chain management.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Business, Design manufacture and engineering management, Marketing

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend