Postgraduate research & PhD opportunities

Engineering postgraduate research opportunities

Take a look at our postgraduate research and PhD opportunities we have on offer at the University of Strathclyde.

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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

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

Automated In-Process Inspection of Additively Manufactured Components Using Eddy Currents and Ultrasound Testing


Deadline:31 August 2021 Opens:11 January 2021

This is an exciting 42-month fully-funded PhD, supported by EPSRC focusing on the robotic deployment of electromagnetic and acoustic sensors for inspection of additively manufactured (AM) components. The project aims at quality assurance of High-Value Manufacturing AM components.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Design manufacture and engineering management, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Naval architecture, ocean and marine engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Equipment costs, Travel costs, Stipend

Impedance based stability studies of hybrid medium voltage DC/AC networks


Deadline:22 February 2021 Opens:11 January 2021

A motivated PhD student is invited to join the Power Electronics, Energy Conversion and Drive (PEDEC) Group within the Institute for Energy and Environment to conduct research on advanced converter control and stability assessment of hybrids AC/DC medium voltage networks.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

PhD Aging Impact and Cable Grid Codes for Extruded MVDC Power Cables


Deadline:22 February 2021 Opens:11 January 2021

A motivated PhD student is invited to join the High Voltage Technologies Research Group within the Institute for Energy and Environment to conduct research into aging impact mechanisms and cable grid code compliance requirements for extruded MVDC power cables.

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, 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

Understanding Hydrate Formation in Porous Rock for Enhanced Geothermal Systems Applications


Deadline:8 February 2021 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

Developing an integrated geothermal resource risk assessment toolkit


Deadline:31 January 2021 Opens:26 October 2020

Geothermal energy represents a real and exciting opportunity to decarbonise the heat sector. This PhD project will investigate existing, and develop new methodologies to optimise exploration and de-risk development of deep hot sedimentary aquifers.

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

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


Deadline:15 February 2021 Opens:30 October 2020

This PhD studentship will focus on conducting a micro-scale experimental investigations of crack initiation in clays, to characterize the cracking micro-mechanism occurring when exposed to CO2. The PhD student will be involved in the activities of the International Research Centre for Clay Micromechanics.

Fee status

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

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Chemical and process engineering, Chemistry, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Assessment of long and short term thermal energy storage in flooded coal mines


Deadline:15 February 2021 Opens:30 October 2020

Thermal energy storage in flooded mines represents an exciting opportunity to decarbonise the heating and cooling sector. This PhD project will investigate feasibility of long (e.g. seasonal) and short (e.g. diurnal) term thermal storage in a single shaft system. It will be in partnership with the Coal Authority.

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, Chemical and process engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Understanding Hydrate Formation in Porous Rock for Enhanced Geothermal Systems Applications


Deadline:15 February 2021 Opens:30 October 2020

One of the challenges in enhanced geothermal system (EGS) technology is mineral precipitation, e.g. formation of carbonates or low solubility sulfates, that can block pores and hence hinder extraction. 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, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Chemical and process engineering, Chemistry, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Understanding and reducing bias in fracture data collection for improved geoenergy development


Deadline:15 February 2021 Opens:30 October 2020

This exciting PhD project will explore how cognitive and physical bias in fracture data collection (at different scales of enquiry) affect fracture presentation in geological models and, critically, how these uncertainties influence model outcomes for geoenergy and engineering applications.

Fee status

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

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics and statistics, Physics, Psychology

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Industry-linked PhD Studentship: Developing novel ways to integrate geophysical and geotechnical data for automated ground modelling of offshore wind farms


Deadline:31 January 2021 Opens:9 November 2020

This joint university/industry PhD is aimed at advancing the state-of-the-art in automated ground modelling of offshore wind farms. The project seeks to develop a rigorous, statistical framework to automatically combine geophysical & geotechnical data to improve the quality of the ground model for an offshore windfarm.

Fee status

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

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Civil and environmental engineering, Computer and information sciences, Mathematics and statistics, Physics, Management science

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Advancing the Performance and Health Analytics of a Geographically Distributed Rotating Equipment Monitoring Platform


Opens:19 November 2020

The NMIS (National Manufacturing Institute Scotland) Doctorate Centre in Advanced Manufacturing, along with Howden Compressors are looking to jointly fund a 4 year PhD studentship in the area of industrially applied data analysis for providing real-time insights into machinery condition.

Fee status

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Optimized manufacturing through physics based models


Deadline:31 March 2021 Opens:16 December 2020

The overall aim of this project is to further develop thermo-mechanical finite element models, mechanical material subroutines and simplified microstructure evolution models and compare the results against the vast existing data from our AFRC facilities.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, International

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

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


Opens:17 February 2020

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

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

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

Tuning materials from within: growing endo/exo-particles for energy conversion devices


Opens:7 May 2020

This PhD project will explore the design, characterisation and application of exsolved materials for power-to-X energy conversion devices where X can be fuels, chemicals, heat or power, all essential for transitioning to a clean, sustainable energy economy.

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

Data-driven approaches for in-line monitoring of particle attributes in chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing processes


Opens:7 May 2020

The project will investigate Machine Learning and Deep Learning approaches to extract and fuse multiple data streams from multi-sensor setups in chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing through a combination of experimental work, data analytics and process simulation.

Fee status

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

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Hybrid data-driven and first principles models for crystal nucleation and growth


Opens:7 May 2020

The project will explore the use of hybrid models that combine the advantages of data-driven and physics-based first principles models to enhance the performance of current models for crystal nucleation and growth in chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

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

Detecting and characterising airborne microplastics and asbestos fibres through Machine Learning


Opens:7 May 2020

The project will contribute to the ongoing efforts in monitoring and improving air quality through the application of machine learning and deep learning algorithms for detection and characterisation of airborne microplastics and asbestos fibres.

Fee status

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

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Water metabolism in cities: towards a deeper understanding of the lifecycle of drinking water in the urbanocene


Opens:14 May 2020

The study will focus on the current and future challenges of drinking water metabolism in cities to effectively respond in sustainable operational approaches and to support human well-being in urban environments.

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

Laser-based study of soot formation in flames: effects of hydrogen addition


Opens:8 June 2020

The effect of hydrogen on soot formation is a focus of attention for this project since some future energy strategies involve blending hydrogen with conventional fuel. Understanding the effect of hydrogen addition may also help to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of soot formation.

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

The birth of crystals: new understanding of nucleation by localised triggering and direct measurement


Deadline:31 January 2021 Opens:1 July 2020

We will develop an innovative technique to study crystal nucleation, using an optical tweezer to generate a localized shear flow in a crystallizing solution, thus triggering nucleation in a known position enabling direct measurement of the growing nucleus.

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