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University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England invites online Application for number of  Fully Funded PhD Degree at various Departments. We are providing a list of Fully Funded PhD Programs available at University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England.

Eligible candidate may Apply as soon as possible.

 

(01) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship – Turning up the heat on soil carbon: Quantifying carbon dynamics and climate resilience of agave production in Mexico

“Climate change is one of the most significant challenges facing the world today, and agriculture is both a contributor to and a casualty of climate change. The impact of agriculture on the environment has been increasingly scrutinised, as it is responsible for 13% of global greenhouse gas emissions. However, regenerative farming offers a promising solution to reduce the impact of agriculture on climate change and increase the resilience of farming systems to climate change impacts. Our recent work has demonstrated substantial benefits for adopting regenerative practices in terms of long-term climate resilience. However, the benefits and trade-offs from such transitions are poorly quantified, and there remains little understanding of how such changes can contribute to the decarbonisation and increased sustainability of supply chains.

Agave is an important crop that underpins the tequila supply chain. Agricultural production can have substantial adverse environmental impacts, including soil degradation, challenges with water availability and significant greenhouse gas emissions. Regenerative agriculture describes a range of more sustainable farming practices and is of growing interest across the agriculture sector due to its potential to bring multiple benefits through carbon sequestration and storage in soils, benefits to biodiversity, and increased climate resilience. Regenerative practices have significant potential in agave production, but benefits are poorly quantified, particularly in terms of impacts on yield and carbon storage, and little is known about how these will impact supply chains or smallholder farmer livelihoods. This project addresses this challenge.

Deadline : 31 May 2024

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(02) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Carbon dynamics of the Pantanal, the World’s largest wetland

“The Pantanal, Brazil, is the world’s largest wetland ecosystem and a significant carbon sink, and has been proposed a key potential nature-based solution to climate change. It features a range of vegetation types, from woodlands through to lakes, grasslands and pasture for livestock, and is a global biodiversity hotspot, as well as carbon. At the same time, evidence suggests that greenhouse gas emissions from tropical wetlands are increasing, driven by a combination of agricultural expansion and intensification, and climate change impacts. There is therefore a critical need to understand drivers of carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas dynamics, across land use and management regimes, and quantify the future resilience of stored carbon. In this project, you will work to address this challenge.
The overarching aim of this project is to produce new estimates of carbon storage in soils and vegetation across key ecosystem types, and management regimes in the Pantanal, quantify the potential scale of greenhouse gas dynamics, and identify controls over emissions.
You will integrate a range of ecological and biogeochemical techniques, working closely with a range of collaborators in Brazil (including the Federal University of Mato Grosso and Embrapa Pantanal) and the UK throughout the project, as well as presenting your research at UK and international conferences. You will have a unique opportunity to conduct and lead on-the-ground research in the Pantanal, a global hotspot for biodiversity and carbon storage.
You will also receive extensive training in a range of field and lab-based methodologies, as well as transferable skills in presenting, data analysis, and stakeholder engagement. You will be joining a growing and welcoming research group, with multiple opportunities for networking, collaboration, and professional development.”

Deadline : 17 May 2024

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(03) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Leverhulme Trust PhD project: Lawn grass microbial fuel cells for widespread energy

The University of Nottingham is offering a fully funded 42-month UK-based PhD studentship as part of the Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant, focusing on “Lawn grass microbial fuel cells for widespread energy harvesting.” Supervised by Dr. Michael P. Weir, Dr. Alison Tidy, and Dr. Helena I. Gomes across the School of Physics and Astronomy, the School of Biosciences, and the Faculty of Engineering, the project addresses the pressing need for clean energy sources amidst climate change.

The research targets Plant Microbial Fuel Cells (P-MFC) as a sustainable, carbon-negative energy solution, integral in generating clean electricity while supporting plant growth, wastewater remediation, and soil pollutant removal. The successful applicant will engage in growing P-MFCs, creating prototypes, studying variable effects on electrical output and plant/microbial health, and constructing a demonstrator model with an energy harvesting circuit.

This interdisciplinary opportunity encompasses diverse skills—from plant science and electrode function to data analysis, electrochemistry, and electronics. The training across departments fosters collaboration, team-building, and diverse skill acquisition, including Python coding, data analysis tools like Fiji and RStudio, and specialized bioelectrochemistry and statistical skills. Beyond scientific expertise, the program hones teamwork, critical thinking, and time management, offering scholarly exchanges within a vibrant PhD community. This comprehensive skill set equips candidates for diverse career opportunities upon program completion.

Deadline :  30 April 2024

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(04) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: synthesis of molecular energy materials for lithium-sulfur batteries

We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic PhD student to work on the synthesis of molecular energy materials. The candidate will work within the Nottingham Applied Materials and Interfaces Group (www.thenamilab.com) in the Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Nottingham alongside our ‘next-generation’ batteries research team. We want to understand the chemistry that underpins advanced energy systems and use this knowledge can be used to unlock new energy storage technologies for electrification of the automotive sector. The target is to enable alternative, sustainable technologies that can supersede the lithium-ion battery and the group maintains active research programmes in lithium-ion batteries, magnesium batteries, lithium-air batteries and lithium-sulfur batteries. Our approach to address these challenges spans synthetic chemistry, electrochemistry and device development and is delivered in collaboration with leading stakeholders in the energy storage sector. 

Deadline : 11 September 2024

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(05) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Scholarship: Universities for Nottingham and the Centre for Sustainable Chemistry

We invite suitably qualified and highly motivated applicants from STEM disciplines to apply for  a series of multidisciplinary PhD scholarships hosted by the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University  

In partnership with leading industrial stakeholders, we are launching a new collaborative approach to PhD projects. 

Our new PhD projects develop skills targeting the urgent need in transition to sustainable chemicals manufacturing. Our projects will define the next generation of multidisciplinary innovators driving the technologies and chemistries needed for Net-Zero economies. 

Deadline : 31 May 2024

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(06) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Discovery of enzymes for plastic degradation

Plastic is a valuable material for a wide range of industrial applications. Polyethylene (PE) is one of the most used plastics, is readily available, light weight and durable. However, PE takes thousands of years to degrade in the environment, leading to a high environmental impact. It is therefore vital that plastic is collected and repurposed back in a circular economy. Similarly, current recycling methods (chemical or mechanical) progressively deteriorate the properties of the material, with the plastic eventually reaching a stage where it can no longer be recycled using current methods and must be disposed of.

We isolated an organism from the environment capable of degrading PE in fermentation at a scale that has not previously been reported. 

The aim of this PhD project is to address the plastic degradation challenge by investigating the processes and enzymes utilised by the isolated organism in the PE-degradation process. Building up from our previous studies, the successful candidate will identify, express and test the activity of a series of enzyme candidates. Suitable methods for testing the enzymatic activity will be developed over the course of the PhD and the enzymes will be characterised via a variety of analytical methods (e.g. biochemical assays, mass-spectrometry,

Deadline :  22 May 2024

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(07) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD studentship in computational design of materials for quantum technologies

A PhD studentship in computational design of materials for quantum technologies is available in the research group of Dr Katherine Inzani based in the School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham (https://sites.google.com/view/inzani-group).

Deadline : 05 April 2024

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(08) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Multiple opportunities within School of Computer Science

Applications are invited from Home and International students for up to 10 fully-funded PhD studentships offered by the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, starting on 1st October 2024.

Deadline : 07 April 2024

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(09) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Project: 3D printing next-generation actuators for soft robots and devices

3D-printing of soft robotics is a growing field, with many applications in biomedical devices, electronics, and autonomous machines. Actuators to drive these robots utilise electronic, chemical, pressure, magnetic, or thermal mechanisms, with the current generation having significant drawbacks, including low energy efficiency, high operating voltage or temperature. This project will develop the materials, methods, and designs necessary to 3D-print the next generation of soft-actuators. The overall aim is to develop and exploit new designs or new materials to attain large, fast, high-efficiency actuation responses comparable to living muscles.

An ideal candidate will have interest in 3D printing and its applications, knowledge of materials sciences, mechanical engineering, or digital design, and an inquisitive spirit motivated to develop a world-leading expertise. They will have a background in engineering, materials science, or chemistry, but will also be willing to learn new disciplines and innovate to achieve the project goals. This studentship will prepare you for routes into both industry and academia, and will equip you with skills in photopolymer chemistry, materials development for 3D printing, device engineering, and materials processing for additive manufacturing. You will also develop skills in characterisation, including microscopy, mechanical analysis, and advanced spectrometry techniques.

Deadline :  15 September 2024

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(10) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Project: 3D-Printed Micro-Robots for Medical Applications

The field of medical therapeutics has valuable applications for mobile devices for efficient drug delivery, called micro-robots. Recently, 3D printing has been used to manufacture such devices with functional features that enabled them to respond to environmental cues, including temperature, pH, light, magnetic fields, and ultrasound. This project will develop the materials, methods, and designs necessary to 3D-print the next generation of medical micro-robots, exploiting combinations of functions to achieve advanced control necessary for complex and customisable micro-robots to provide personalised healthcare solutions.

An ideal candidate will have interest in 3D printing and its applications, knowledge of materials sciences and/or digital design, and an inquisitive spirit motivated to develop a world-leading expertise. They will have a background in engineering, materials science, or chemistry, but will also be willing to learn new disciplines and innovate to achieve the project goals. This studentship will prepare you for routes into both industry and academia, and will equip you with skills in photopolymer chemistry, materials development for 3D printing, device engineering, and materials processing for additive manufacturing. You will also develop skills in characterisation, including microscopy, mechanical analysis, and advanced spectrometry techniques.

Deadline : 15 September 2024

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(11) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Project: Functional 3D/4D Printing of Responsive Structures

 3D-printed functional devices interact with their environment, responding to electrical, magnetic, chemical, humidity, temperature, or other signals, including devices that change shape over time, using “4D-printing”. In complex devices, multiple “trigger” stimuli can be encoded, each to its own shape change response; however, these multiple responses are independent of one another. This project will develop new materials and designs for functional 4D-printed devices with fast, self-resetting responses, applicable to biomedical, micromechanical, or optoelectronic applications. The goal will be to build a functional demonstrator device that performs basic comparisons of inputs to select output shape-change responses.

An ideal candidate will have interest in 3D printing and its applications, knowledge of materials sciences and/or digital design, and an inquisitive spirit motivated to develop a world-leading expertise. They will have a background in engineering, materials science, or chemistry, but will also be willing to learn new disciplines and innovate to achieve the project goals. This studentship will prepare you for routes into both industry and academia, and will equip you with skills in photopolymer chemistry, materials development for 3D printing, device engineering, and materials processing for additive manufacturing. You will also develop skills in characterisation, including microscopy, mechanical analysis, and advanced spectrometry techniques.

Deadline :  15 September 2024

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(12) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD project: Functional Structural Colour Devices through 3D Printing

Small, repetitive structures with spacings on the nanometre scale can refract and reflect light to create structural colours, which are being explored to produce anti-counterfeit markings, dye-free colour images, humidity and chemical sensors, anti-glare coatings and optical filters. This project will develop additive manufacturing of devices with actively controlled structural colour. You will develop the materials, methods, and designs necessary to 3D-print the next generation of structural colour devices, integrating optically and electronically active materials, including 0D and 2D nanomaterials. 

An ideal candidate will have interest in 3D printing and its applications, knowledge of materials sciences and/or digital design, and an inquisitive spirit motivated to develop a world-leading expertise. They will have a background in engineering, materials science, or chemistry, but will also be willing to learn new disciplines and innovate to achieve the project goals. This studentship will prepare you for routes into both industry and academia, and will equip you with skills in photopolymer chemistry, materials development for 3D printing, device engineering, and materials processing for additive manufacturing. You will also develop skills in characterisation, including microscopy, mechanical analysis, and advanced spectrometry techniques.

Deadline :  15 September 2024

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(13) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship – High Speed Railway Degradation Modelling

Applications are invited for this 4 year PhD project, from suitably qualified graduates to work in the Resilience Engineering Research Group, based in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham. The University has worked with Network Rail, as its Strategic University Partner in Infrastructure Asset Management, for over 10 years and our Research Group specialises in the development of models to support the asset management process.  

The candidate will engage with the High Speed 1 (HS1) team on a regular basis and will have the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement with HS1 / Network Rail High Speed.

Deadline : 11 June 2024

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(14) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Project – High Speed Railway Degradation Modelling

Applications are invited for this 4 year PhD project, from suitably qualified graduates to work in the Resilience Engineering Research Group, based in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham, University Park. The University of Nottingham has worked with Network Rail, as its Strategic University Partner in Infrastructure Asset Management, for over 10 years and our Research Group specialises in the development of models to support the asset management process.  

The candidate will engage with the High Speed 1 (HS1) team on a regular basis and will have the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement with HS1 / Network Rail High Speed.

Deadline :  07 June 2024

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(15) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:  PhD Studentship: Cancer cell diagnostics using biomechanics and artificial intelligence

We are seeking PhD students who are motivated, curious and passionate about scientific research. Together we will make technological advances in cancer research that can make a difference in the way the cancer is diagnosed or even treated.

Deadline :  07 June 2024

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(16) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Super-optical resolution imaging using a phonon probe microscope

We are seeking PhD students who are motivated, curious and passionate about scientific research. Together we will make technological advances in imaging research technologies that can close in maximum resolution currently achievable with non-invasive imaging techniques. These are extremely relevant for biomedical applications, particularly if they lead to the characterisation of mechanical properties.   

Deadline : 07 June 2024

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(17) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: 3-year PhD studentship: Functional Devices and Structures through 3D Multi-material Printing Scale-Up

Inkjet printing allows multiple materials to be 3D-printed simultaneously, rather than sequentially, allowing for highly complex structures and devices. Discovering the interactions of these materials and how to leverage this advanced manufacturing process will open new opportunities: structures and devices with mechanical and chemical properties that vary across dimensions; fully 3D-printed electronics integrated into structural components; and devices with mechanical or electrical responses encoded into their structure. However, we don’t yet know how to design these complex printed parts, and are still developing new leading-edge materials to grant them new capabilities.

In this PhD studentship, you will develop the materials, methods, and designs necessary to 3D-print never-before created devices. You will investigate how to control the 3D distribution of differing functional materials, aiming to create graded properties, graded chemistries, and 3D-integrated components. In this role, you will develop new engineering solutions only possible through multi-material additive manufacturing. You will have access to the equipment and expertise of the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM), one of the largest 3D printing research groups in the world. Here, you will take advantage of unique leading-edge multi-material inkjet 3D printing equipment, only available at CfAM, which will open new opportunities to scale up your research of designs and materials.

Deadline : 01 June 2024

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(18) PhD Degree – Fully Funded 

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Ultra-thin opto-acoustic fibre optic probe for cancer characterisation.

Develop an ultra-thin, bio-compatible, fibre optic ultrasound instrument and a model to predict the mechanical properties of soft matter. This novel device, based on the interaction between acoustic interface waves with the sample will provide mechanical property information across a range of length scales allowing measurements on cells through to tissue. The devices will be compatible with fibre optic delivery and proof of concept experiments in vitro on micro-tumours will be demonstrated, paving the way for development of currently unmet clinical applications.

Deadline : 01 June 2024

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(19) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: 3-year PhD studentship: 3D printing of low dimensional materials for sensing

We seek to use 3D printing to create novel multimaterial functional structures capable of new ways of sensing underlying material properties. We will use low dimensional materials, including graphene, perovskites and nanodiamonds incorporated into polymers, ceramics and glasses and we will use 3D printing to form them into geometrically complex structures. We will explore how low dimensional materials behave when included within a 3D printed matrix, and we will use their functionality to design and create sensors that can be used for, e.g., examining tissue health or failure in structures under load.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for research and an interest in using 3D printing, chemistry, materials science, or materials engineering to create innovative products. They will have a background in engineering, physics or chemistry, but also be willing to learn and explore other disciplines, as required to meet the project goals. The studentship is an exciting research collaboration between supervisors based within the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/cfam/) and the Optics and Photonics Group (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/optics-and-photonics-research-group/index.aspx). The project will be part of an EPSRC Programme Grant: Dialling Up Performance for On Demand Manufacturing led by Professor Ricky Wildman and Dr. Lyudmila Turyanska and a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship in Emerging Technologies, held by Professor Melissa Mather and will have access to state of the art laboratories and be part of a wide multi-institution and multidisciplinary team. The University of Nottingham facilitates access to a range of networking and training opportunities in addition to the above, including our Researcher Academy and the successful candidate will benefit from alignment with other programmes such as those provided by the Quantum Technology Sensing and Timing Hub, which our groups are members of.

Deadline : 31 May 2024

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(20) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Autonomous Bioactivity Searching

This 36-month funded PhD studentship will contribute to cutting-edge advancements in automated drug discovery through the integration of high data-density reaction/bioanalysis techniques, laboratory automation & robotics and machine learning modelling. This exciting project involves the application of innovative methods such as high-throughput experimentation to expediate the syntheses (and bioanalysis) of life-saving pharmaceuticals. The subsequent data will then be used to populate machine learning models to predict which molecules to synthesise next, to maximise the binding affinity of the molecules to a target protein. The research will be conducted using state-of-the-art equipment, including both commercial tools and bespoke in-house apparatus. As a key member of our team, you will play a pivotal role in advancing the frontiers of drug discovery, laboratory automation, and the modelling of chemical data.

Deadline :  31 May 2024

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(21) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Design and fabrication of multi-metal components for nuclear fusion applications

The vision for next-generation Additive Manufacturing (AM) is to control the composition of every deposited volume to make functional materials (FMs) directly from digital designs. These FMs could replace assemblies that are currently made by joining multiple components and could also significantly enhance performance by engineering the mechanical properties at small scale.  For fusion energy, the most immediate application of this technology will be in the creation of two-metal parts (e.g., W-Cu) that can act as either plasma facing components or heat-transfer interfaces.

The objective of this PhD project is to address the knowledge gap around metallic FMs and establish new design methods for multi-metal AM. To achieve this, the project will focus on determining the structural and thermal behaviour of the interface regions of the printed component, where dissimilar materials are in contact

Deadline :  31 May 2024

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(22) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD studentship: Developing digital twins to unlock zero carbon and high-value chemical manufacturing

The chemical sector supplies materials for approximately 95% of the products manufactured today. As of 2020, 84.5% of the chemical sector’s feedstocks come from fossil-based resources, and the sector’s reliance on fossil carbon for its feedstock and energy needs makes it the UK’s second-highest industrial emitter. An urgent need exists for a circular economy approach that transforms waste into high-value chemical products through bioprocesses such as anaerobic digestion, microbial electrolysis cell, and fermentation, paving the way towards a sustainable and net-zero future.

In today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape, digital twins represent a paradigm shift in bioprocess engineering by offering real-time, predictive simulations of complex biological systems. As a PhD candidate, you’ll be at the forefront of innovation, developing and implementing digital twins to simulate, optimise, and accelerate bioprocess development. From microbial engineering to process optimisation, your work will redefine the landscape of sustainable biotechnology.

Deadline : 31 May 2024

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(23) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD studentship: Life cycle and techno-economic assessment of energy storage technologies

Waste heat generated by UK industry and power generation sectors exceeds the UK’s total annual electricity demand by around thirty percent. Industrial waste heat sources alone account for around one sixth of the overall industrial yearly energy use. Apart from the industrial sector, there is also vast amount of waste heat from renewable energy sources such as solar and geothermal. It is therefore imperative to utilise efficiently all possible waste heat. Thermochemical energy storage technologies (TCES) have been identified to have higher potential for stable and efficient energy storage owing to their intrinsic advantages. Whole lifecycle environmental assessment and techno-economic assessment methodologies will be adopted to assess the viability of various thermochemical energy storage technologies. 

Entry Requirements: Starting October 2024, we require an enthusiastic graduate with a 1st class degree in Engineering or Architectural Environment Engineering, or a relevant discipline, at an integrated Master’s level or with a relevant MSc (in exceptional circumstances a 2:1 degree can be considered).

Deadline : 01 May 2024

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(24) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Opportunities in Mechanical and Aerospace Systems (MAS) Research Group

We are seeking PhD students that are motivated and passionate about engineering. We have a broad range of active research areas, some of which are highlighted below. You will have the opportunity to study alongside world-leading academics and industrial partners. To support our research we have a wide range of experimental facilities as well as access to HPC compute facilities and software.

Deadline : 30 April 2024

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(25) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:  PhD Studentship: EPSRC iCASE studentship with Airbus: Sensor-driven process control for Resin Transfer Moulding of large aerostructures

Applications are invited to undertake a PhD programme, in partnership with Airbus, to address the key challenge in meeting zero waste in the manufacture of fibre-reinforced polymer composites. A PhD student working on this project will conduct research in manufacturing, specifically Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM), of large primary aerostructures. The work will focus on the design and implementation of a process monitoring and control system, aiming at optimisation of the product quality and elimination of scrap. A demonstrator system of industrial relevance will be developed in close cooperation with Airbus and will be implemented during a 3-months placement.

The successful candidate will be based in the Composites Research Group in the Faculty of Engineering, home to the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub. The candidate will engage with the Airbus team on a regular basis and will spend 3 months on an industrial placement with Airbus in Bristol.

Deadline : 30 April 2024

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(26) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:  PhD Studentship: Extra-long compliant snake robot capable of self-localisation for inspection in fusion power plants

This specific project will be part funded by RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments, https://race.ukaea.uk/). RACE was founded in 2014 as part of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) fusion research and development programme – to create robots for operating in some of the most challenging environments imaginable. The main research focus of this PhD program is the intelligent design and control of an extra-long compliant snake robot capable of self-localisation for inspection in fusion power plants. In this role, you will be at the forefront of research that offers robotics and AI technological innovations with an aim to improve the quality of inspection for fusion power plants. As a result, this position offers the opportunity for work with the UKAEA.

Deadline : 30 April 2024

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(27) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:  PhD Studentship: Impact Failure of Amorphous Polymers

Ballistic impact is a complex event that induces multiple modes of deformation, is influenced by both material and structural responses, and excites a very wide range of strain rates. In cases where brittle failure is induced, effects of processing history, such as flaws and residual stresses, also play a significant role in the final response. A thorough understanding of a material’s response to impact is essential to control damage and prevent injuries in a broad range of contexts.

There is a need, therefore, to produce material models that can be used in computer simulations of ballistic events, and which contain enough physical understanding of deformation and failure behaviour to provide insight into how processing affects the final response. This project will address this problem through a combination of modelling at the University of Nottingham and experimental development at the University of Oxford, using polycarbonate as a model material. The ultimate goal is to provide models to understand and simulate phenomena observed in polymers under impact, and the effect of different polymer histories on these phenomena. This builds on current collaborative research, in which a new rate and temperature dependent constitutive model has been developed, by focusing on understanding the basic polymer physics that drives fracture.

Deadline : 30 April 2024

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(28) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Metal Additive Manufacturing of Multi-Functional and Multi-Material Structures

The Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM) Research Group within the Faculty of Engineering and the University of Nottingham, acknowledged as one of the world’s leading centres for Additive Manufacturing research, development, and dissemination, invites applications for a 3-year PhD programme.

A cutting-edge bespoke Drop-on-demand Metal Jetting platform, recently developed at CfAM, allows the printing of components from various metals in a single piece. This involves coordinating the jetting of dissimilar materials on a base substrate, enabling the direct creation of components with spatially varied compositions. Distinguishing itself on the global stage, this multi-material printing system stands as the first of its kind, boasting the capacity to print dual materials in a voxel-by-voxel fashion at a resolution of less than 50 µm. This intricate capability opens avenues for manufacturing complex designs, setting a new standard in the realm of 3D printing.

We seek a student who could lead the maturation of this multi-metal MetalJet technique, which offers substantial prospects in the direct manufacturing of multi-functional metallic structures. The successful candidate will develop a comprehensive understanding of the Drop-on-demand Metal Jetting process and the compatibility of dissimilar materials within the printed structure. There is a particular interest in exploring novel designs and manufacturing techniques for cartridges used in producing molten droplets. An ideal candidate should have experience or a strong interest in additive manufacturing, materials science, and computational mechanics but also be adaptable to learning and exploring new disciplines as the project evolves.

Deadline : 30 April 2024

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(29) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD scholarship: Developing a Miniaturised End-effector for Repair in Confined Spaces (UK Atomic Energy Authority sponsored)

This project will be part-funded by the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments, https://www.race.ukaea.uk) robotics and remote handling centre. RACE was founded in 2014 as part of the UKAEA’s Fusion Research and Development Programme to design and test robots for operating in some of the most challenging environments imaginable. UKAEA’s wider mission is to lead the commercial development of fusion power and related technology and position the UK as a leader in sustainable nuclear energy. 

Based at its Culham Campus HQ, near Oxford, and a new technology facility in South Yorkshire, UKAEA has, until recently, operated a Joint European Torus (JET) fusion experiment on behalf of scientists from 28 European countries; now it is leading the decommissioning of the JET machine. UKAEA is keeping the UK at the forefront of fusion as the world comes together to build the first powerplant-scale experiment, ITER—one step away from the realisation of fusion as a low-carbon energy source. UKAEA is involved in future fusion demonstration powerplant design activities such as DEMO and the UK’s future STEP powerplant.

Deadline :  25 April 2024

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(30) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD studentship: The application of heuristics evaluation in UX practitioners and future technologies

The aim of this project is to develop a framework and mechanisms that enable the wide adoption of heuristics evaluation among UX practitioners and its application for future technology, especially AI-based technology. The current use of heuristic evaluation among UX practitioners will be conducted to identify potential barriers and measures to address them. Furthermore, the mechanism to enable its application for future technologies, especially AI-based technology will be investigated and evaluated. Lastly, its potential and applicability to be used in different ways, for instance, in different stages of a system design and by lay users will also be investigated. It is envisaged that the proposed framework and mechanism will improve the applicability of heuristics evaluation method among UX practitioners and researchers. Wider impact is expected through higher future adoption among UX practitioners and researchers.

Deadline : 22 April 2024

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(31) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:  PhD Opportunity in Crafting Hybrid Perovskites for Photochemical Supercapacitors

Hybrid perovskites are gaining increasing attention for energy conversion and storage due to the application potential of hybrid perovskites being controlled by cations in sublattice sites which correlates with the amount of oxygen (O2) σ*- antibonding and the degree of B-site transition metal–Ocovalency. The fabrication of hybrid perovskites via different materials processing routes offers the opportunity for structural tunability and modification of their optical, electronic, and chemical properties via defect chemistry.

Accordingly, this project aims to develop new materials processing methods to produce a new class of two-dimensional hybrid perovskite composites with tailorable features via bottom-up synthetic routes. Using a combination of diffraction, microscopic and spectroscopic tools, structure-function relationships will be determined. The proposed methodology offers control and flexibility to bridge the materials discovery gap while tackling scientific questions related to the interaction between sustainable inorganic components, physicochemical properties (i.e., defects, structure, etc.) and their influence on energy scavenging via photoelectrochemical effects.

Deadline :  17 April 2024

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(32) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Next-generation Carbon-Negative Energy Production through Innovative Chemical Looping Combustion and Gasification of Biofuels

We are excited to offer a PhD studentship within the Low Carbon Energy and Resources Technologies Research Group in the Faculty of Engineering, focusing on the innovative field of CO2-negative technologies for industrial decarbonisation i.e. Chemical Looping Combustion (CLC) and Gasification (CLG) of Biofuels. This project is pivotal in contributing to negative CO2 emissions, aligning with global environmental goals. The student will have access to world-class facilities and collaborate with an interdisciplinary team with expertise in areas such as reactor design, reaction engineering, metal oxide nanocomposites, and CO2 capture technologies.

PhD Project Description: With the growing concern over climate change, there is an urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This project will explore the potential of biofuels as a carbon dioxide-neutral fuel and their combustion/gasification using chemical looping technologies. The research will encompass various scales, from lab experiments to pilot scale, focusing on different low-cost oxygen carriers to advanced oxygen carriers and biofuel types. The project aims to develop novel CO2-negative chemical looping technologies and optimise operation parameters for maximum CO2 capture efficiency and energy gain, contributing to the development of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) technologies.

Deadline : 08 April 2024

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(33) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: 3-year PhD Studentship in the School of Medicine

The School of Medicine is the largest school in the University, covering a diverse range of medical, surgical, and other healthcare disciplines. Our world-leading research ranges from basic and translational science through to clinical trials, health economics, epidemiology, and health services research. We have a vibrant postgraduate community following a range of research programmes across the medical sciences, applied psychology, and other healthcare professions. Our mission is to improve human health and quality of life locally, nationally and internationally through outstanding education, research and patient care. http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/medicine/about/index.aspx 

Deadline : 01 May 2024

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(34) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship- Project Title: The Importance of Muscle Stem Cells: Implications for Muscle Repair in Inflammation and Trauma

Skeletal muscle possesses a remarkable capacity for adaptation and repair, processes essential in the maintenance of skeletal muscle health. The ability of skeletal muscle to respond to stimuli such as exercise, injury and trauma, is in part, due to muscle resident stem (satellite) cells (MuSC). The interaction of MuSC with adjacent structures and other cell types, in addition to their exposure to various inflammatory cytokines and growth factors all influence how MuSC behave and respond to different stimuli, like exercise, trauma and injury.

Recent evidence indicates a reduction in the number of MuSC during the menopause transition, which characterised by a sudden decrease in oestrogen production. Importantly, it has also been shown that oestrogen receptors are present on MuSC’s suggesting that the presence/absence of oestrogen can impact MuSC function and thus, the muscle repair process. 

Deadline : 30 April 2024

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(35) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Elucidating the role of lipids in fibrotic capsule formation at the surface of implanted medical devices.

Implanted medical devices are crucial in healthcare, valued at around £400 billion globally, however there is a high failure rate, often due to the foreign body reaction, where a fibrotic capsule forms around the implant with associated inflammation, loosening and infection. Currently the methods to combat foreign body reaction focus on preventing protein buildup to avoid immune activation, but this hasn’t successfully prevented capsule formation in the clinic.

However, in March 2023, a new theory suggested that the presence of lipids on the surface of the implant could influence the foreign body reaction. Also, that the types of material used for implants control their presence at their surfaces and how these fats influence the immune response. Specific phospholipids and free fatty acids have been linked to preventing or promoting the formation of fibrotic capsules respectively. [Schreib et al Advanced Materials 2023]

Deadline :  30 April 2024

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(36) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Pain increases disability; disability increases pain: Understanding the vicious cycle.

Arthritis affects 10 million people in the UK, and is on the rise. Many do not respond adequately to treatment. Pain is the main symptom, a leading cause of disability and worsens the risk of developing other health issues. Reducing pain alone often does not improve disability, and treatments are needed that address both pain and disability.

Our research indicates that pain severity and the associated central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction are linked to current and future physical inactivity. They lead to muscle weakness, mass loss and impaired neuromuscular control. Factors related to the CNS may explain the connection between pain and disability. Addressing the shared risk factors could efficiently reduce both. 

This studentship will explore how CNS links pain with disability. The student will evaluate current evidence by systematic literature review, interview individuals to examine their experiences and beliefs of the interaction between pain and disability, and develop a study measuring patient-reported and quantitative pain outcomes, muscle dysfunction and disability.

Deadline :30 April 2024

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(37) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:  PhD Studentship: Pectin supplementation to reduce gut and systemic inflammation and improve liver, muscle and gastrointestinal outcomes.

A quarter of the world’s population has metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease, (which used to be known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease). It is a major cause of liver damage, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular diseases. As it gets worse, scarring in the liver, leaky gut, and inflammation can happen, which can cause muscle loss and wasting. This is called sarcopenia, and it happens when there is systemic inflammation and changes in protein metabolism. It makes people’s health and strength worse overall. Colorectal cancer patients also lose significant amounts of mass and have a high levels of inflammation, both of which are linked to worse long-term health and survival.

Deadline :  30 April 2024

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(38) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Understanding and enhancing the physiological resilience of older adults to improve health-span: a focus on skeletal muscle.

Drug repurposing is an emerging avenue of research in the field of Geroscience; a field whose stated aim is to “accelerate reseach into the basic mechanisms driving ageing which could lead to improved clinical interventions”. Based at the University of Nottingham Medical School at Derby (UNMSD; Royal Derby Hospital Centre), this PhD is focussed on exploring the impact of an already-licensed mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor (which has been shown to attenuate sarcopenia in animal models of ageing) on muscle growth and function in both community-dwelling older adults and orthogeriatric patients. Results from this PhD will inform on the potential of mTOR inhibition to enhance the resilience of older adults, not only in relation to skeletal muscle but also other organ systems for which favourable pre-clinical data is emerging (i.e., the immune system). As is the case for all of these PhD’s, the successful candidate will learn a wealth of skills relating to human physiology studies/clinical trials and state-of-the-art wet-lab techniques.

Deadline : 20 April 2024

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(39) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: SPCR PhD studentship

Applications for a PhD studentship are invited from individuals with a strong academic record who wish to develop a career in primary care research. This award is offered by the NIHR School for Primary Care Research at the University of Nottingham, and offers project-specific training in areas of particular importance to primary care, with details of training opportunities for SPCR Trainees found here: https://www.spcr.nihr.ac.uk/career-development/spcr-trainees

The award includes home tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of ~£18,622. Students with overseas status are welcome to apply but will be required to provide written confirmation that they can fund the remainder of their fees from alternative sources at time of application. The award will be taken up on 1 October 2024.

Applicants must have a first degree in a discipline relevant to primary care research e.g. medical statistics, social sciences, health economics, health psychology, and will be expected to complete a PhD during the award period. 

Deadline : 12 April 2024

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(40) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:  PhD Studentship: NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre – Mental Health and Technology

We are recruiting two PhD candidates to join the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). You will join the vibrant and supportive Mental Health & Technology theme of the NIHR Nottingham BRC and will be based on either University Park or Jubilee Campus at the University of Nottingham. You will also be aligned with MindTech, a health technology research centre in the School of Medicine.

The 3-year PhD studentships are funded by the NIHR Nottingham BRC and will provide an annual stipend to cover living costs (£18,622) and will cover Home University tuition fees for the duration of the project (36 months).  International students are not eligible to apply for these studentships. 

Deadline :05 April 2024

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(41) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Safe listening in music venues: scalable technologies for citizen science and knowledge building.

We seek highly motivated candidates with a first-class or upper 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent), or an MSc/MA, in audio engineering, acoustics, audiology, computer science, or a relevant scientific discipline. Research experience in hearing, psychology, or a related field will be advantageous, as will demonstrable skills in programming, data science, or app development. 

Deadline : 01 April 2024

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About The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England –Official Website

The University of Nottingham is a public research university in Nottingham, England. It was founded as University College Nottingham in 1881, and was granted a royal charter in 1948. The University of Nottingham belongs to the research intensive Russell Group association.

Nottingham’s main campus (University Park) with Jubilee Campus and teaching hospital (Queen’s Medical Centre) are located within the City of Nottingham, with a number of smaller campuses and sites elsewhere in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Outside the UK, the university has campuses in Semenyih, Malaysia, and Ningbo, China. Nottingham is organised into five constituent faculties, within which there are more than 50 schools, departments, institutes and research centres. Nottingham has more than 46,000 students and 7,000 staff across the UK, China and Malaysia and had an income of £792.2 million in 2021–22, of which £131.4 million was from research grants and contracts. The institution’s alumni have been awarded one Nobel Prize, a Fields Medal, and a Gabor Medal and Prize. The university is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European University Association, the Russell Group, Universitas 21, Universities UK, the Virgo Consortium, and participates in the Sutton Trust Summer School programme as a member of the Sutton 30.

 

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