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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

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, 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

Modelling uncertainties in fracture models: From micro to field scale


Deadline:22 May 2020 Opens:26 February 2020

This is an exciting opportunity to engage in highly cross-disciplinary research. The PhD will explore the role of fracture representation in geological models and how uncertainties in fracture data affect model outcomes.

Fee status

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

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Exploiting thermally and microbially induced carbonate precipitation to improve reservoir storage integrity


Deadline:22 May 2020 Opens:9 March 2020

This project will explore how thermal and microbial hydrolysis of urea can be used to control the precipitation of CaCO3. When correctly controlled this process has the potential to provide an alternative treatment strategy for sealing leakage pathways in CCS/hydrogen wells.

Fee status

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

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Understanding Hydrate Formation in Porous Rock for Enhanced Geothermal Systems Applications


Deadline:22 May 2020 Opens:9 March 2020

Many naturally occurring heat sources are accessed using EGS technology, one of the challenges in this technology is mineral precipitation. This project aims to understand how the precipitation (nucleation) of these minerals occurs in different rock types.

Fee status

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

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Carbon geological storage: understanding micro-mechanisms of CO2 capillary breakthrough and localized pathways to assess caprock CO2 leakage hazard


Deadline:22 May 2020 Opens:9 March 2020

The development of Carbon Capture and Storage will occur at global scale, and considering the amount of CO2 that will be captured and stored underground, long-term leakage of CO2 into the atmosphere is one of the most crucial concerns for CO2 repositories.

Fee status

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

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Robotics – Multi-Agent Planning


Deadline:30 June 2020 Opens:11 February 2020

The research scope of “Multi-Agent Planning” has at its centre the study and development of multi-agent task and path planner that also identifies the appropriate type of perception, mapping and localisation methods for varying tasks, application context and dynamic environment condition.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Improving purity of crystalline pharmaceutical products using advanced nano-tomography techniques


Opens:17 February 2020

Filtration and washing of pharmaceutical products is classically undertaken empirically. This project will use nano-computed tomography (nano-CT), a high-resolution cross-sectional imaging technique to track the progress of washing at high resolution in real time.

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

Enhancing and evaluating student-led activities to support the development of industry-ready graduate attributes


Opens:17 February 2020

Focussed on understanding the impact of teaching strategies within a chemical engineering programme to both evaluate current acquisition of industry-ready graduate attributes with a view to informing educational changes required to best support student development.

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

Valorisation of wet biomass waste for sustainable production of fuels and chemicals


Opens:17 February 2020

This project will undertake studies on the processes and technology required to convert biomass waste into a range of hydrocarbons. This research project requires both modelling and experimental studies to analyse the waste to energy process and the fuel properties of hydrocarbons and chemicals produced.

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

What makes particle packings stable? Novel answers to a baffling question


Opens:17 February 2020

Soils, catalysts, tablets, dunes: all are packings of particles. Whether a packing is stable or collapses is a key question in nature and industry. The project uses computational methods to explore what features of a packing’s microstructure makes it stable.

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

Designing colloidal films and membranes with complex interactions


Opens:17 February 2020

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:17 February 2020

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:17 February 2020

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:17 February 2020

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:17 February 2020

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:17 February 2020

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

Nucleation of organic crystals in flows


Opens:17 February 2020

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:17 February 2020

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

Design of functional chitosan films: antimicrobial and heavy metal capture applications


Deadline:31 May 2020 Opens:17 February 2020

This project aims to optimise the functionality of antimicrobial chitosan films through a fundamental understanding of the interactions between chitosan and the substrate.

Fee status

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

Subject

Chemical and process engineering, Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

System design on co-production of transport fuel and value-added chemicals from waste biomass


Opens:17 February 2020

In this project, an integrated system will be designed and developed to ensure efficient generation of liquid transportation fuels whilst maximising the value of biomass into value-added chemicals by controlling structure and functionality as they form.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK

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:10 April 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

PhD Studentship - "Understanding the Determinants of Resilience in Biological, Adoptive and Foster Families Living With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder"


Deadline:30 April 2020 Opens:4 February 2020

This doctoral study will examine the individual, family and contextual factors that promote positive family functioning in biological, adoptive, kinship and fostering families living with FASD.

Fee status

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

Subject

Social work and social policy

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

PhD Studentship - "Making International Climate Cooperation Work: A Quantitative Analysis of Climate Treaty-Making"


Deadline:30 April 2020 Opens:14 February 2020

International relations between countries are often via multilateral agreements. Using climate treaty-making as a pertinent empirical study, this project aims to develop a better understanding of how governments of individual countries make multilateral agreements.

Fee status

Subject

Politics

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

New Iridium-based Catalysis Methods for C-C, C-N, and C-O Bond Formation


Deadline:31 August 2020 Opens:3 March 2020

This project will explore new methods of constructing C-C, C-N, and C-O bonds using emerging iridium catalysts in order to deliver a variety of pharmaceutically desired organic products. Computationally-based methods will also be used to drive catalyst design, mechanistic understanding, and reaction scope.

Fee status

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

Subject

Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Determination and behaviour of microplastics in terrestrial systems


Opens:2 March 2020

This PhD involves the development of analytical methods and their application to investigate the behaviour of microplastic pollutants in the environment. Laboratory and field studies will be used to assess the ability of microplastics to transport potentially toxic elements in terrestrial systems.

Fee status

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

Subject

Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

New Iridium-based Catalysts for Atom Economical C-O and C-N Bond Formation


Deadline:31 August 2020 Opens:3 March 2020

This project will explore new methods of constructing C-O and C-N bonds with iridium-based catalysts. This programme aims to deliver atom economical access to a variety of pharmaceutically-relevant organic products, aided by computationally-driven methods to drive catalyst design and expansion of reaction scope.

Fee status

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

Subject

Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

New Metal-mediated Cyclisation Methods for the Generation of Heteroatom Functionalised Polycyclic Systems


Deadline:31 August 2020 Opens:3 March 2020

This project will explore novel heteroatom-containing substrates in Pauson-Khand cyclisations to construct decorated cyclopentenone products for access to pharmaceutically-desired compounds and natural products. Computationally-based methods will also drive mechanistic understanding, reagent design, and reaction scope.

Fee status

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

Subject

Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Second generation nano-carriers for pancreatic cancer therapy


Deadline:31 March 2021 Opens:31 March 2020

In this project we would like to use established chemistry from our proof of concept studies in order to form a range of second generation particles exploiting combined therapies of laser released anticancer drugs for pancreatic cancer treatment.

Fee status

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

Subject

Chemistry, Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Understanding How Cancer Cells Respond to Treatment Using Raman Spectroscopy


Opens:1 April 2020

This project will investigate Raman scattering and its variations (surface enhanced (SERS) and stimulated (SRS)) to assess cancer cells and tissue prior to and following treatment with conventional anticancer drugs and particularly new alternative drugs that have shown promise as anticancer agents.

Fee status

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

Subject

Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Dynamics of Self-Rewetting Droplets


Opens:2 March 2020

There is currently great interest in self-rewetting fluids whose surface tension exhibits a local minimum with temperature. The aim of the project is bring new insight into the understanding of these novel fluids, and hence to harness the properties of droplets of such fluids in a range of technological applications.

Fee status

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

Subject

Mathematics and statistics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Graph representations


Opens:31 March 2020

Graph representations became crucial with the advent of the computer era for storing graphs in computer memory. However, graph representations, e.g. those involving patterns in words, are also useful in solving problems on graphs as they may allow transferring a graph problem to that on other objects hence solving it.

Fee status

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

Subject

Mathematics and statistics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Uniform Distribution of Resources within a City


Opens:31 March 2020

To ensure that a person taking any route in a city has the same experience, e.g. seeing a city map, we need methods to cover the routes without over-deploying resources. We will use tools in Graph Theory and Combinatorics to optimally deploy resources across a city to have maximum effect on those navigating it.

Fee status

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

Subject

Mathematics and statistics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

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

Theory and simulations of frequency combs in micro-ring resonators


Opens:1 April 2020

Modelling of laser light propagating in micro-ring resonators in collaboration with experiments performed at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen (Germany). Applications of these devices are in atomic clocks, quantum technologies, telecommunication, GPS and integrated photonic circuits.

Fee status

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

Subject

Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time, Part Time

Funding

International fee, Home fee, Equipment costs, Travel costs, Stipend

Is there a universal mechanism for biological ammonium transport


Deadline:31 July 2020 Opens:14 February 2020

The vision of this PhD project is to establish whether there is a universal mechanism for biological ammonium transport. Beyond the elucidation of a central biological process, this work will have important medical implications, offering a mechanistic explanation to correlate Rh malfunction and associated diseases and

Fee status

Subject

Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Advances in medicine development using decracemisation by crystallisation to give single enantiomer drug molecules – facilitating the drug pipeline and production


Deadline:31 July 2020 Opens:21 February 2020

Drug development; Drug discovery; chiral synthesis, organic synthesis, decracemisation by crystallisation, Veidma Ripening, medicinal chemistry, single crystal X-ray crystallography, XRPD, HPLC, pharmaceutical analysis

Fee status

Subject

Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding