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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

Next Generation Medical Design Tools: Full device Design Modelling of Aneurysm Repair Stents


Deadline:13 March 2020 Opens:21 January 2020

A 48-month PhD Studentship with strong industrial collaboration is available to develop computational design methods for stents used to mitigate rupture in aneurysms of the large arteries. The project will be in collaboration with Terumo Aortic ( https://terumoaortic.com/ ), an international leading medical device com

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU

Subject

Biomedical engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, 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

PhD Cost-Effective Generator & MVDC Integration for Wind Farms


Deadline:27 March 2020 Opens:28 March 2019

A 48 month fully-funded industrial PhD studentship to investigate new DC collection systems for wind farms & new turbine drive train technologies to minimise capital and maintenance costs, and increase system reliability and efficiency. Sponsored by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy & Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend

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

Geophysical assessment of Lime/Clay grout injection of estuary and reservoir embankments subject to badgers burrows erosion


Deadline:28 March 2020 Opens:3 February 2020

According to studies, 46 % of dams and embankments failures are due to severe internal erosion (Foster et al., 2000). Animal burrowing can lead to a preferential path for the water flow and seepage through the flood embankments that could lead to a partial or total collapse of the structure. Geophysical survey can prov

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

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

The value of automation for infrastructure decision making


Deadline:27 March 2020 Opens:27 January 2020

This PhD project will quantify the value of automated monitoring when managing assets. The framework developed will help asset owners decide whether new techniques in robotic sensor deployment and machine learning.

Fee status

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

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Civil and environmental engineering, Economics, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Mathematics and statistics, Management science

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

International fee, Home fee, Equipment costs, Stipend

Vegetation Mediated Ground-Atmosphere Interaction


Deadline:30 March 2020 Opens:29 January 2020

Rainfall is a major triggering factor of shallow landslides. When heavy and/or prolonged rainfall events occur, water infiltrates into the slope causing pore-water pressures build-up. This reduces soil shear strength eventually triggering slope instability.

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

Real Time Detection and Management of Antimicrobial Residues in Milk


Deadline:30 March 2020 Opens:18 February 2020

Antimicrobial drugs, such as antibiotics, are widely used in farming to treat a range of diseases caused by microorganisms. On dairy farms, there is a high risk that milk contaminated with antimicrobial residues contaminates the bulk storage tank and therefore milk destined for commercial use.

Fee status

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

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Civil and environmental engineering, Biomedical engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Modelling uncertainties in fracture models: From micro to field scale


Deadline:1 October 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

Robotics – Multi-Agent Planning


Deadline:30 April 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

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

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 applications


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. The work is based on molecular modelling, design, manufacture and testing of new functional coatings with potential for technological 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

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 - "Ageing and communication: Understanding the roles of cognition, speech production, and social participation"


Deadline:16 March 2020 Opens:4 February 2020

Very limited research has addressed the potential role of cognitive abilities in speech production in older age. Research is therefore needed to advance understanding of the relationships amongst core cognitive abilities and speech production processes.

Fee status

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

Subject

Psychology

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

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

PhD Studentship - "Changed UK? Charting Changing Public Attitudes And Values Towards the EU and Welfare Over Three Decades"


Deadline:2 March 2020 Opens:28 January 2020

This studentship aims to advance the understanding of changing social attitudes and political values in Britain based on secondary analysis of existing datasets derived from the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey. It will be supervised jointly by Dr Chris Deeming and Prof Sir John Curtice at Strathclyde University.

Fee status

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

Subject

Politics, 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

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


Deadline:30 March 2020 Opens:28 October 2019

These scholarships, for new, self-funded, 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

The use of logical data warehousing and advanced analytics to support the reduction and management of adverse childhood experiences.


Deadline:20 March 2020 Opens:21 February 2020

This studentship is focused on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – stressful or traumatic experiences which occur in childhood and impact individuals throughout their lives. This data analytics driven project will develop intervention pathways by utilising national, large scale health and wellbeing data.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

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

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

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