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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, Physics, Chemical and process engineering

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

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

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Structural Health Monitoring of Wind Turbine Rotor Blades During Full-scale Testing


Deadline:31 July 2018 Opens:2 May 2018

The project aims at developing Structural Health Monitoring methodologies to monitor global response and damage evolution in large-scale wind turbine rotor blades during full-scale testing. To integrate data-driven techniques for describing and predicting structural damage behaviour and evaluating structural integrity.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), International

Subject

Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Naval architecture, ocean and marine engineering, Physics, Civil and environmental engineering, Mathematics and statistics, Psychology

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks & Smart Grids


Opens:10 May 2017

Are you interested in addressing the global energy challenge? The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks & Smart Grids - a partnership between Strathclyde and Imperial College - has 10 funded four-year PhD studentships on offer.

Fee status

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

Subject

Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Physics, Mathematics and statistics, Electronic and electrical engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind & Marine Energy


Opens:1 October 2016

Are you interested in the application of renewable energy technology and policy? The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind & Marine Energy Systems - a partnership between Strathclyde and the University of Edinburgh - has 10 funded four-year PhD studentships on offer.

Fee status

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

Subject

Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Physics, Mathematics and statistics, Electronic and electrical engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend, Equipment costs

PhD Advanced Algorithms for Breast Cancer Diagnosis from Tactile Images


Opens:1 June 2017

A 42-month fully-funded PhD project, supported by EPSRC and industry partner PPS, focused on developing a system for automatically diagnosing and classifying lesions associated with breast cancer from tactile images.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU

Subject

Biomedical engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Physics, Electronic and electrical engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend

PhD Synthetic and Natural Ester liquids: The Roadmap Towards Practical Use of Environmentally Friendly Liquid Dielectrics in the Pulsed Power Industry


Deadline:31 August 2018 Opens:17 January 2018

A 36-month full-time, fully-funded PhD, supported by the University of Strathclyde and our major Pulsed Power industrial partner, focusing on the use of environmentally friendly non-toxic dielectric liquids (natural and synthetic ester fluids) in advanced power and pulsed power systems for high voltage insulation.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International

Subject

Physics, Electronic and electrical engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

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

PhD Laser Gas Sensor Development for Combustion Processes using Tunable Diode Laser Spectroscropy.


Deadline:30 September 2018 Opens:17 January 2018

A 36-month full-time, fully-funded PhD in collaboration with a number of industry partners, including Rolls-Royce, to further support the research work in laser gas sensors currently being carried out in an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Platform Grant.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International

Subject

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

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, International fee, Stipend

PhD Power Systems Dynamic Security Assessment using machine learning.


Deadline:31 August 2018 Opens:17 January 2018

This 42-month full-time, fully-funded PhD, supported by EPSRC focusing on the area of power system stability and dynamics using powerful machine learning tools that enable informative and fast online dynamic security assessment.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Physics, Computer and information sciences, Mathematics and statistics, Electronic and electrical engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

PhD Imaging the sound of light: laser ultrasonic phased arrays for remote sensing in extreme environments.


Deadline:31 July 2018 Opens:26 January 2018

A 42-month full-time, fully-funded PhD, supported by EPSRC, focusing on remote ultrasonic imaging in extreme environments using laser ultrasonics.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Physics, Electronic and electrical engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend

PhD Automated Defect-Free Fusion Welding - "Inspect while you weld".


Deadline:31 August 2018 Opens:18 January 2018

A 42-month, full-time, fully-funded PhD, supported by EPSRC focusing on sensor enabled robotics and quality control inspection during welding operations, directly aligned and supported by Nuclear, Aerospace, Oil & Gas, Marine, Defence and High-Value Manufacturing companies.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Physics, Electronic and electrical engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend, Equipment costs

PhD Effective EEG analysis for advanced AI-driven BMI/BCI systems


Deadline:31 August 2018 Opens:18 January 2018

A 36-month full-time, fully funded PhD project aiming to analyse and understanding EEG signals and how they are linked to our human brain activities. Modelling such mechanisms can further help strengthen BCI and BMI systems.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International

Subject

Physics, Computer and information sciences, Electronic and electrical engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

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

PhD Inspection of Nuclear Assets using Robotically Deployed Techniques


Deadline:30 June 2018 Opens:1 March 2018

A 42-month fully-funded PhD, supported by the Nuclear Decommission Authority and National Nuclear Laboratory focusing on the automated inspection of waste package dimensions and deformations through life, using novel optical sensor and inspection strategies, aligned to current and future nuclear requirements.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU

Subject

Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Physics, Electronic and electrical engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend, Equipment costs

PhD Automated Quantitative Inspection of Nuclear Canisters and Assets


Deadline:30 June 2018 Opens:1 March 2018

An exciting 42-month fully-funded PhD, supported by a leading Nuclear Reprocessing Site, focusing on the automated inspection of nuclear canisters in challenging and hostile environments, using novel sensor and inspection strategies, directly aligned to current and future Nuclear requirements.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Physics, Electronic and electrical engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend, Equipment costs

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

Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Civil and environmental 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

A non-destructive verification tool for imaging the 3D shape of grout injected into near surface soils


Opens:2 May 2018

This PhD project aims to develop a non-destructive imaging tool for visualising the 3D shape of grout injected into near surface soils. It will be based on combining two geophysical techniques: Electrical Resistivity Tomography and Microseismic monitoring. The project will combine field, laboratory and numerical work.

Fee status

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Near Net Shape Manufacturing


Deadline:30 June 2018 Opens:16 November 2017

The Weir Advanced Research Centre (WARC) and the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) are working in conjunction to research the Identification of near net shape manufacturing technologies, to reduce manufacturing costs and lead time through the elimination of some manufacturing processes and raw material usage.

Fee status

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Development of Microstructure, Crystallographic Texture and Residual Stress in the interference region between substrate and a layer made by additive manufacturing during hybrid manufacturing


Deadline:30 June 2018 Opens:22 February 2018

The project will consider manufacturing parts from similar and dissimilar materials to study the extent of heterogeneities in microstructure and mechanical properties in the interface.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Developing a novel framework for securing IP & Copyright in additive manufacturing supply chains


Deadline:30 June 2018 Opens:22 February 2018

The project aims to develop a framework based on use of advanced technologies to overcome IP and Copyright challenges in additive manufacturing applications, particularly for spare parts. The primary focus will be on block chain and smart contract technologies.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Intelligent Collaborative Robotic Manipulation for Advanced Manufacturing and Remanufacturing


Deadline:31 August 2018 Opens:1 June 2018

This will be a joint PhD project between the University of Strathclyde and NTU in novel concepts for motion planning and control algorithms based on biologically-inspired insights in perception/action coupling and tactile precise sensing for collaborative robotic manipulations.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

The Generation of Functional Surfaces using Laser-based Hybrid Manufacturing


Deadline:31 August 2018 Opens:1 June 2018

Hybrid manufacturing using Direct Energy Deposition is a technique which has been gaining industrial interest with a number of major machine tool manufacturers offering machines with the capability for both subtractive and additive manufacturing.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Control of organic gels for tailored applications


Opens:12 February 2018

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

Gelation in suspensions and porous materials with complex interactions


Opens:12 February 2018

Many porous materials and ‘soft’ solids consist of gels of particles. The project will use computer modelling to analyse how particles with complex interactions aggregate to form solid gels. Applications include porous adsorbents, ‘smart’ rheological materials, foods and biomaterials.

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

Disruptive technologies in chemical engineering education and training


Opens:12 February 2018

The project will focus on how chemical engineering education and training may change in the next decade, comparing with other areas of engineering, science and related industry. Where are the opportunities or threats, what are the barriers and encouragers?

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:12 February 2018

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:12 February 2018

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 multi-sensor measurement for characterizing biological suspensions and tissue


Opens:12 February 2018

The project will focus on the development of novel multi-sensor measurement-analysis platform which integrate optics (instrument configuration) and theories of light propagation through particulate media to extract physical and chemical information of biological suspensions.

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:12 February 2018

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:12 February 2018

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:12 February 2018

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

Production of membranes using green, safe and sustainable alternative solvents


Opens:12 February 2018

This research project aims to develop polymer membranes produced via “green” polymer solutions. The selection of acceptable alternative solvents will follow a “holistic” approach that will take into consideration both experimental data and molecular simulations.

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:12 February 2018

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:12 February 2018

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

Investigating the relationship between human responses and major safety incidents in the process industries


Opens:12 February 2018

This project will investigate the relationship between human responses and major safety incidents in the process industries, in particular in the oil and gas industry, and the context in which these occur (e.g. company safety culture, Process Safety Management Systems).

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

Fabrication and development of hollow fibre membranes for advanced gas separation applications


Opens:12 February 2018

This project will focus on polymer science, rheology, material/fibre science, gas separation, gas transmission modelling and spectroscopy for the manufacture of advanced performance gas separation hollow fibre membranes.

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

MRes Interdisciplinary Excellence Award: ‘Exploring the relationship of the digital self to the real self: a qualitative investigation of young people’s interactions with social media and their impact on body image’


Deadline:6 July 2018 Opens:5 June 2018

The University of Strathclyde is pleased to invite applications from excellent candidates for this MRes (master’s by research) Interdisciplinary Excellence Award, commencing in October 2018.

Fee status

EU

Subject

Marketing, Journalism, Psychology, English

Mode of Study

Full Time, Part Time

Funding

Home fee

Highly Efficient Elastic Perovskite Solar Cells


Deadline:15 July 2018 Opens:15 March 2018

Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with high power conversion efficiencies >20 % have been reported only for rigid substrates. The project proposed aims to develop highly efficient elastic PSCs which are important especially for integration on curved surfaces and moving parts.

Fee status

EU

Subject

Physics, Chemistry, Electronic and electrical engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend

Bio-inspired Force-responsive Polymer Nanoreactors


Deadline:24 June 2018 Opens:28 May 2018

Inspired by force-activated reaction compartments in cells, the project will investigate force-responsive block copolymers that are self-assembled into polymersome nanoreactors. The aim is to create catalytic systems in which biocatalytic reactions can be controlled and switched by mechanical forces.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Industry Funded PhD Scholarship on Trust and Transparency: Understanding and Communicating with Machine Learning and Artificially Intelligent Agents


Deadline:31 July 2018 Opens:19 June 2017

This Industry Funded PhD Scholarship will explore how people trust and understand the actions and decisions of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) agents and develop methods to communicate and interact efficiently and effectively with such agents.

Fee status

Subject

Computer and information sciences, Mathematics and statistics, Electronic and electrical engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Team-Based Agent-Human Collaboration in High Pressure Information Environments


Deadline:1 July 2018 Opens:27 March 2018

This EPSRC iCase PhD project with British Aerospace Engineering (BAE) will blend human computer interaction (HCI) with Machine Learning (ML) to develop artificially intelligent agents that can collaborate effectively with teams of humans to ensure success in high pressured and stressful environments.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU

Subject

Computer and information sciences, Mathematics and statistics, Electronic and electrical engineering

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

Molecular and cellular changes in intellectual disability


Deadline:31 August 2018 Opens:12 March 2018

Behavioural and anatomical changes identified in Zdhhc9 knockout mice suggest that this mouse line is a novel system to investigate the molecular and cellular changes linked to intellectual disability. This project will investigate underlying cell/molecular changes that cause intellectual dysfunction.

Fee status

International

Subject

Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Investigating crystallisation behaviour of pharmaceutical compounds confined within mesoporous materials


Deadline:24 August 2018 Opens:7 May 2018

We aim to investigate the crystallisation behaviour of several pharmaceutical compounds under different thermodynamic conditions confined within mesoporous materials. By doing so we expect to gain new insights on the processability of these materials for pharmaceutical applications.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Process analytics of 3D printed granular materials


Deadline:30 June 2018 Opens:13 June 2018

This research project aims to gain insights into the contribution of size and shape of particles composing granular materials on the signals of different process analysers. This is achieved by manufacturing almost identical particles using 3D printing and injection moulding

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK

Subject

Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend, Equipment costs

Collaborative Innovation in Health and Social Care


Deadline:29 June 2018 Opens:14 May 2018

This project will research the benefits of collaborative innovation in health and social care services. It will identify lessons for policy and practice about how to deliver more innovative, effective and personalised social care. It will inform public management practice on supporting innovative public services.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International

Subject

Business, Human resource management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend