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

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

Developing Polymer Composite Structures for Processing Corrosive Fluids


Deadline:30 October 2020 Opens:30 October 2020

Long-term resistance against concentrated chemicals remains challenging for polymer composites. Design for this type of applications can be further complicated when the structure is used to process chemical fluids. This project is aimed to address key challenges in this area.

Fee status

Subject

Mechanical and aerospace engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

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


Opens:1 June 2017

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

Fee status

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

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

PhD Non-thermal transient plasma discharges for environmental applications


Opens:1 June 2017

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

Fee status

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

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

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


Opens:11 September 2019

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

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, 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

UK Hydropower energy capacity - a poorly tapped resource?


Deadline:1 October 2020 Opens:13 July 2020

This research will investigate the capacity of UK hydropower resources to provide a sustainable energy resource exploited over the next 50 years to support renewable energy targets and provide a greater renewable energy resource to fulfil government targets.

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

Micromechanics of cracking of clay subjected to air drying and/or gas breakthrough


Deadline:31 December 2020 Opens:27 August 2020

This 3-year PhD at the University of Strathclyde will focus on investigating the mechanisms at the micro/particle scale underpinning the process of crack formation in clay associated with air drying and/or exposure of the clay interface to gas at high pressure.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Chemical and process engineering, Physics

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