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University of 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, England.

Eligible candidate may Apply as soon as possible.

 

(01) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Faculty of Arts PhD Studentship ring-fenced for applicants from BAME backgrounds

Successful applicants will have an extremely well-thought-through proposal which, above all else, shows what the project going to address, why it is important that this should be addressed, and how it will address this.

The project must be clearly focused, feasible (in terms of being completed within three years, and in terms of practical aspects such as methodology), innovative, and timely. We expect research questions to be set out, and for it to be clear how the methodological plans will allow applicants to answer these questions. The proposal needs to be accessible to non-specialists, and to demonstrate the importance of the project and what it brings to the discipline.

Deadline : Friday 10 March 2024

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(02) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Understanding the sensory perception of topically applied products

The cosmetics industry relies on consumer’s evaluation of their products to understand if they are desirable. However, little research exists systematically exploring relationships between sensory perception of tactile properties, consumer liking, emotional response and physical rheology. The aim of this PhD research is to investigate sensorial properties of topically applied skin creams in relation to their consumer liking, consumer emotional response and rheological properties. Predictive models will be generated from resulting data to inform industry regarding the practical feasibility of various formulations. The successful candidate will gain a multidisciplinary experience, learning aspects of sensory evaluation methodologies, product formulation and characterisation, consumer methods, emotional response evaluation and predictive modelling of emotional and sensory responses to stimulus. In addition, as part of the program, the student will be expected to participate in business skills and personal development training provided by the Boots Company. A placement of a minimum of 3 months will also be provided, giving the student the opportunity to choose their own technical and/or business training from across a number of business areas including, claims, regulatory, packaging innovation and consumer insights. The project forms part of The Boots Company Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP), and is delivered as a partnership between the No7 Beauty Company, within The Boots Company PLC, and the University of Nottingham. For more information about the CTP please visit this site no7company.com/skincare-research-phd-opportunities

Deadline : Saturday 24 February 2024

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(03) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Evaluating impacts of elevated CO2 and temperature on yield and grain quality in cereals

Rising atmospheric CO2 concentration and temperature are two main components of global climate change. Future food production might benefit from increasing levels of atmospheric CO2 if it can capitalize from the additional CO2. Since phenology, physiological responses, biomass accumulation, yield and grain quality are dependent on genetic factors, environmental variations and their interactions, identifying CO2-responsive traits would provide plant breeders with information to target traits to maximize the positive effects of elevated CO2, such as yield increases, and to minimize the negative impacts. This project focuses on exploring the genetic diversity in barley, rye and wheat in order to improve traits of interest in the context of a climate change. The main challenges or bottlenecks in the advanced breeding techniques currently used in cereals relate to concerns related to climate change, with breeding programs aiming to increase yield and good quality of grains to supply the industry. Targeting specific physiological pathways that increase grain quality would be highly desirable. It will be an amazing opportunity to do some very novel science in a multidisciplinary team (Crop-Environmental-Food/Drink Science) with the support of Diageo.  

Deadline : Tuesday 16 January 2024

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(04) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship:Does fertilizer placement play a key role in crop establishment?

Polyhalite is the first new mineral fertilizers for crop production in 75 years. It provides a fundamentally different approach because it nourishes crops while enhancing soils. Further, it meets key criteria of climate-smart crop nutrition. For example, in addition to improving crop productivity, it has an ultra-low carbon footprint, no chemical processing, zero water footprint, zero waste, and certification for organic agriculture.  Unlocking the full potential of such a promising mineral is an urgent research priority. Preliminary work has shown positive agronomic responses to this fertilizer, although the magnitude of the response can be variable. A key unanswered questions is does the placement of polyhalite in the soil affect the nutrient uptake to the crop plant, therefore offering potential to optimize nutrient delivery and performance in the field.  

Deadline : Tuesday 16 January 2024

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(05) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship:The plasticity of insects’ microbiome and the impact of feeding to chickens

There is an urgent need to find alternative sustainable protein sources to meet increasing demand.   Insects are a rich source of protein that can be grown on low-value feeds and have a low carbon footprint, so have the potential to be used as an alternative feed source.   Insects are eaten whole, therefore potentially passing their microbial contents on to the livestock.  In this project we will seek to determine whether the microbiome of insects could be manipulated in a positive way, which could then be used in a probiotic approach, in addition to their nutritional value for animal production.

Deadline : Tuesday 16 January 2024

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(06) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: University of Nottingham – School of Chemistry Doping quantum radical metal-organic frameworks – DISCO MOF

The Cliffe group at the University of Nottingham are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and talented PhD student to join our research team on a 4 year PhD Scholarship. We are a materials chemistry group working at the University of Nottingham and our research focuses on exploring metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as quantum materials. We are particularly interested in developing methods to control and characterise disorder in MOFs to generate new and exotic magnetic and electronic behaviour. We work across traditional disciplinary boundaries including chemistry, physics and materials science. As a group, we work together to create an inclusive and supportive research environment for all members.

Deadline : Tuesday 12 March 2024

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(07) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

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

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, crystallography, etc.) with the goal of gaining insights into enzymatic plastic degradation. 

Deadline : Sunday 28 January 2024

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(08) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Computer Science

Applications are invited from home students only for a fully funded PhD studentship offered by the School of Computer Science, starting on 1st October 2024.

The student will be supervised by Dr. Dan Marsden and will conduct research in an area related to his fields of interest, as a member of the Functional Programming Lab. Topics involving category theory, logic, diagrammatic languages, and their applications in theoretical computer science would be particularly appropriate. Details of Dr. Marsden’s research can be found on his personal website: https://stringdiagram.com.

Deadline : Sunday 11 February 2024

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(09) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

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

Aim: 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 : Saturday 01 June 2024

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(10) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: EPSRC Supported EngD: ZERO CARBON – Solar forecasting and future sustainable power systems (fully-funded PhD studentships)

The contribution of PV energy to the electricity generation mix continues to grow. Installed capacity in the UK in 2020 was 13.4 GW and is expected to increase to 40 GW by 2030. Accelerating the adoption of solar energy will present significant challenges to the electricity transmission and distribution system, as solar power is not dispatchable and therefore its incorporation as a major element of the generation mix requires the accurate prediction of solar energy production.

To tackle this issue, the newly established Prediction and Optimisation of Solar Energy Systems Lab (POSES lab) at the University of Nottingham (supported by the University of Nottingham, EPSRC and industry) will provide a multi-disciplinary approach to training researchers in new technologies that can significantly improve the incorporation of solar farms into future sustainable power systems. You will join a large group of postgraduate students in the Faculty of Engineering, working on many aspects of solar energy and zero carbon technologies. The team of potential PhD supervisors spans five departments at University of Nottingham including Architecture and Built Environment, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Social Sciences. 

Deadline : Sunday 31 March 2024

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(11) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: 3D microstructural imaging of aerospace alloys

Vision: Most metals are made up of many small crystals and the size, shape, orientation, and distribution of the crystals that make up the microstructure has a significant impact on the material’s performance. Measuring the properties of the grains inside a component – without destroying the sample – is currently not possible. The project will combine ultrasonic measurements from different instruments using both information at the surfaces and from inside the material, with powerful wave propagation models to “un-peel” the sample, first revealing its surface microstructure and elasticity and then progressively tomographically reconstructing the inner layers using a unique set of measurements adapted to remove and see-through the outer layers.

Deadline : Saturday 30 March 2024

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(12) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Research Studentship Opportunity: Developing Resorbable Inorganic Materials for Biosensing Applications

This project will seek to develop manufacturing processes to produce biosensors in varying structures (fibres, microspheres etc) from phosphate-based glasses. This will involve understanding of glass formulations, manufacture and characterisation, including glass fibre and microsphere production processes. The Advanced Materials Research Group (AMRG) has both melt-draw and pre-form draw fibre manufacturing systems along with microsphere manufacturing lab.

This project will also involve characterisation studies, to determine materials properties and confirmation of chemical formulations developed, including thermal, high-temp viscosity analysis and other relevant properties. The PhD candidate will also characterise the refractive index of the materials developed. You will work closely with an experienced team of researchers to develop innovative strategies to optimise the experiments along with in-depth characterisation protocols. You will also aim to publish your research findings in high-impact scientific journals and present your work at national and international conferences.

Deadline : Tuesday 12 March 2024

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(13) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Research Studentship Opportunity: Processing Amorphous Inorganic Materials for Biotechnology Applications

This PhD project will aim to develop bioactive glasses with controlled ion release profiles and investigate how certain microbes uptake the ions and determine the underlying mechanisms of action associated with the processes involved.

As a PhD researcher, you will be responsible for developing new glass formulations and optimising ion release profiles from bioactive glasses as well as for designing and conducting the microbiological experiments. You will work closely with experienced team of researchers to develop innovative strategies to optimise the experiments along with in-depth characterisation protocols. You will also aim to publish your research findings in high-impact scientific journals and present your work at national and international conferences.

Deadline : Tuesday 12 March 2024

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(14) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Green Production of Ammonia

As an essential ingredient for most food fertilisers, ammonia is helping to feed over half of the world’s population. With a growing population to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050, the demand for ammonia is expected to increase by nearly 50%. Alternatively, ammonia plays a significant role in the transition towards a hydrogen economy, as it is a carrier for hydrogen. The current manufacturing of ammonia via Haber-Bosch process (N2 +H2 NH3) is almost exclusively relying on fossil fuels to provide hydrogen. This directly produces 2% of global carbon emissions. To sustain human life without exacerbating climate change, cleaner production of ammonia must be urgently implemented. This PhD project will investigate next generation ammonia production technology directly from N2 and water. You will access to the state-of-art equipment to explore different materials and novel tools such as plasma to maximise the performance of producing ammonia. In this interdisciplinary research, you will not only benefit from the expertise from University of Nottingham, but also work closely with our collaborators (e.g. University of Cambridge).

Deadline : Tuesday 12 March 2024

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(15) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: A continual learning approach for the development of robust robotic control systems

This project will focus on investigating and developing new ways in which deep learning-based solutions can adapt to unseen data whilst retaining previous knowledge. Building from some of the existing concepts and techniques on continual learning, the aim of this project will be to develop new frameworks for training and maintaining more robust and flexible deep learning models. The framework will be validated in robotic control scenarios where there is a change in product specification or process.

Deadline : Sunday 10 March 2024

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(16) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Developing Multi-Material Structures using Additive Manufacturing

This project is an exciting opportunity to undertake industrially linked research in partnership with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). It is based within University of Nottingham at the Centre of Additive Manufacturing.  This is 3-year fully funded studentship is only open to UK home students. The successful applicant will receive a generous tax-free annual stipend of £26,658 plus payment of their full-time home tuition fees. Due to funding restrictions this PhD position is only available to UK nationals. As this position is sponsored by the MTC, any successful candidate would need to pass the sponsors own security checks prior to the commencement of the PhD.

Deadline : Sunday 10 March 2024

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(17) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Technology Development for Laser Processing of Challenging Materials

This project is an exciting opportunity to undertake industrially linked research in partnership with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). It is based within the world-leading Advanced Materials Research Group at the University of Nottingham.   This is 3-year fully funded studentship is only open to UK home students. The successful applicant will receive a generous tax-free annual stipend of £26,658 plus payment of their full-time home tuition fees. Due to funding restrictions this PhD position is only available to UK nationals. As this position is sponsored by the MTC, any successful candidate would need to pass the sponsors own security checks prior to the commencement of the PhD.

Deadline : Sunday 10 March 2024

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(18) 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 : Friday 08 March 2024

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(19) 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 : Friday 08 March 2024

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(20) 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 : Friday 08 March 2024

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(21) 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 : Friday 08 March 2024

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(22) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Industrial PhD project studentship: Novel ingredients from wheat bran for improved sustainability of the wheat value chain.

The Food Consortium Collaborative Training Partnership is looking for a PhD candidate for the BBSRC funded project ‘Novel ingredients from wheat bran for improved sustainability of the wheat value chain”. The Food Consortium CTP comprises four major food manufacturers together with the largest UK-based independent science and technology provider and trainer for the food industry (Campden BRI), and the Haydn Green Institute (Nottingham University Business School). This industry-led collaborative programme will develop highly skilled PhD researchers, support them to develop business acumen rooted into scientific understanding and problem-solving skills to solve industrial challenges, and provide an innovation ecosystem through collaboration and partnership.

Deadline : Tuesday 05 March 2024

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(23) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD studentship: Failure prognostics approaches in wind energy applications

The goal of this project is to construct a failure prognostics framework that integrates both physics-based and data-driven models. This developed framework will facilitate predictions related to the progression of various defects and the performance of wind turbines, such as how erosion damage growth affects annual energy production, or forecasting the overall life-expectancy of wind turbine components, for example. The integration will potentially be based on the utilization of failure data from periodic inspection and condition monitoring of wind turbines and the usage in asset management models.

Deadline : Tuesday 05 March 2024

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(24) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

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

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 : Friday 01 March 2024

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(25) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Data-driven reaction optimisation

This 36-month funded PhD studentship will contribute to cutting-edge advancements in reaction optimisation through the integration of high data-density reaction techniques, laboratory automation and kinetic/machine learning modelling. This exciting project involves the application of innovative methods such as flow chemistry ramping and high-throughput experimentation to expediate reaction optimisation in the syntheses of life-saving pharmaceuticals, whilst saving precious reaction material overall. The subsequent data will then be used to populate chemical reaction models to simulate and optimise reactions for the highest yields and purities. 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 reaction optimisation, automation, and the modelling of chemical data.

Deadline : Wednesday 28 February 2024

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(26) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

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

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 : Monday 26 February 2024

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(27) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD studentship: Improving reliability of medical processes using system modelling and Artificial Intelligence techniques

This project would investigate commonly observed deviations in healthcare service and opportunities for identification of such deviations using computer vision approaches. It will demonstrate how deviation data can be used in computer-based simulation models, which are used to evaluate effects of deviations and to support decisions. It will focus on investigating how deviation data can be used in real time decision-making process, how accepting patients and staff are for such technologies and what integral role they should play in evaluating and ensuring an uptake of such technologies. The proposed method will be potentially applied to processes carried out in an operating theatre. 

Deadline : Wednesday 21 February 2024

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(28) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD studentship: Bridge Health Monitoring for Risk-Based Asset Management

The aim of this project is to develop a framework to identify the bridge health state using objective measurements obtained from an easy-to-deploy, portable, sensor-based monitoring system, which will complement the existing visual inspection approach. This proposed framework will then use the sensor data to support bridge asset management decisions, based on the prognosis of the bridge health state obtained. It is envisaged that longer term such monitoring approaches will supersede visual inspections of bridges. Wider impact is expected through future applications to different types of railway bridges, as well as road bridges.

Deadline : Tuesday 20 February 2024

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(29) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Structural Performance of High Strength Steel Members and Connections

In this project, CFHSS tubular members and joints made of S700 and higher steel grades will be experimentally and numerically investigated for their ultimate resistances under axial loads. Circular, square and rectangular hollow sections will be used as brace and chord members. Tests will be conducted on specimens under static loads. Test results will be used to meticulously develop finite element models of the investigated members and joints. Detailed numerical parametric studies will then be performed to analyse the influence of governing parameters on the static behaviour of these members and joints. The comprehensive database generated through experimental and numerical investigation will be used to assess the applicability of existing design rules given in international codes and guides. Finally, accurate and reliable design rules will be proposed. The challenges of welding for CFHSS will also be addressed in this project. The findings of this project will render robust, cost-effective, and sustainable applications of high strength steel members in various onshore and offshore structures.

Deadline : Thursday 15 February 2024

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(30) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Electromagnetic Compatibility for 25kV Rail Systems, funded by Network Rail

This PhD will investigate modelling techniques that can help engineers understand electromagnetic compatibility issues in railway 25kV AC overhead lines. This will include developing models, mathematical techniques and software tools that can predict how the power distribution lines, on-train power converters and trackside systems interact, and also understanding how related EMC issues can be mitigated. The research scope is to study the integrated systems based on the measurement data (already available) and the development of suitable modelling tool for future system analysis. An academic or technical background in the areas of power electronic systems, power systems, physics, mathematical modelling or software development is required. 

Deadline : Tuesday 13 February 2024

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(31) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship- Rolls Royce sponsored PhD scholarship – Machining of new aerospace materials

Applications are invited to undertake a 3 year PhD programme in partnership with industry to address key challenges in manufacturing engineering. The successful candidate will be based at the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Manufacturing Technology and On-Wing Technology at The University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus. Having state-of-the-art facilities, the Rolls-Royce UTC at University of Nottingham offers a world-class environment for carrying out high impact research projects. 

Deadline : Sunday 11 February 2024

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(32) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Microstructural and surface integrity in machining of specialist composite materials for next generation aero-engine applications

The project will seek an understanding of the microstructural changes during machining of anisotropic, heterogeneous and semi-brittle composite materials for high temperature applications used in the latest generations of civil and military aero-engines. This will involve using performance monitoring techniques during the machining such as dynamometers, high-speed imaging systems, accelerometers and acoustic emissions sensors that are complemented by advanced material characterisation techniques such as Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), 3D optical profilometry and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD).

Deadline : Sunday 11 February 2024

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(33) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Rolls Royce sponsored PhD scholarship – Micromechanics and in-depth materials analysis of advanced aerospace materials upon the manufacturing process

The project will deal with the micromechanics and in-depth materials analysis of advanced aerospace materials upon manufacturing operations to understand the materials response to manufacturing process to efficiently support the manufacture of aerospace components. This will involve using a wide range of sophisticated testing and analysis techniques including not only the study of conventional manufacturing process of advanced aerospace materials but also the state-of-the-art materials investigation such as Scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and in-situ micromechanics. 

Deadline : Sunday 11 February 2024

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(34) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Rolls-Royce sponsored PhD scholarship – Computer vision and robot control for performing on-wing repair of aero-engines

Applicants are invited to undertake a 3 year PhD programme in partnership with industry to address key challenges in on-platform manufacturing engineering. The successful candidate will be based at The Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology at University of Nottingham.

This project is in relation to the technical needs of Rolls-Royce to develop smart and robotic solutions to enable in-situ/on-wing repair and maintenance of gas turbine engines.

At the Rolls-Royce UTC at University of Nottingham we have developed robotic systems capable to navigate into crammed/hazardous environments and perform inspection and active operations such as machining. This is driven by the need to complete repair tasks without disassembly of industrial installations. We developed a series of continuum robots in both short and long versions.

Deadline : Sunday 11 February 2024

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(35) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Rolls-Royce sponsored PhD scholarship – Laser Beam Processing of Aerospace Materials

The project will deal with study of a new laser processing method to enable in-situ surface treatment and repair of safety critical rotating parts and further understand the correlation between surface quality, metallurgical characteristics and functional performance of the components and the key process parameters. The project will deal with design of special process setups, testing its working principles and performances followed by assessment of the part quality; this will involve development of laser beam processing on specific aerospace materials, and model to understand the fundamental  mechanisms of the process to identify optimal operating conditions and followed by surface analysis techniques (e.g. Scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction for residual stress measurements, Electron Back-Scattered Diffraction and Transmission Electron Microscopy).

Deadline : Sunday 11 February 2024

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(36) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Rolls-Royce sponsored PhD scholarship – Mechatronics system for hybrid manufacturing processing

Applicants are invited to undertake a 3 year PhD program in partnership with industry to address key challenges in on-platform manufacturing engineering. The successful candidate will be based at The Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology at University of Nottingham.

Deadline : Sunday 11 February 2024

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(37) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship – Biomedical Optics: Ear-Cam

The Lumen Lab recently won funding to develop Ear-Cam, a new family of device targeted at developing a wearable module for optical measurement of key biological variables from the ear. In so doing, we hope to revolutionise the way biological data such as oxygen levels are read to allow for long-term monitoring in a low-cost, comfortable fashion. To work alongside this project, we are recruiting for a PhD student interested in researching miniaturised medical optics. If you meet the eligibility requirements (below) we would be keen to meet with you to discuss the project further. 

Deadline : Friday 02 February 2024

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(38) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Electrifying Roads: Assessing the Impact of Electric Vehicles on UK Road Infrastructure

The United Kingdom and Europe is undergoing a transformative shift in its transportation landscape with the increasing adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs). This shift not only marks a significant step towards reducing carbon emissions but also brings about a series of challenges and opportunities for the nation’s road infrastructure.

Traditional internal combustion engine vehicles have shaped the design, materials, and maintenance requirements of roads for decades. The introduction of EVs, characterized by their unique weight distribution, near instant acceleration, and charging infrastructure demands, presents a compelling need to evaluate the implications on the existing road network. As EV numbers surge, understanding the wear and tear patterns on road surfaces also becomes paramount. The weight distribution of EVs, often due to heavy battery packs, may impact road degradation differently than conventional vehicles. Additionally, effects of pavement roughness and structural response on EV battery consumption are not well understood. This Ph.D. research project aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of these facets and provide insights that inform the adaptation of UK road infrastructure to meet the evolving needs of electric mobility. This includes considerations for optimal road design, materials used, maintenance strategies, and the integration of sustainable practices in alignment with the broader goals of infrastructure development. The successful candidate will be at the forefront of addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by the electrification of road transportation in the UK.

Deadline : Thursday 01 February 2024

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(39) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Liquid Hydrogen for Aviation, CFD/AI Modelling

Applications are invited to undertake a PhD programme, in partnership with Airbus, to address key challenges in supporting the adoption of green liquid hydrogen for aviation use. The successful candidate will be based in the Mechanical and Aerospace Systems research group (previously known as G2TRC) within the faculty of Engineering and will be part of a supportive team of 50 researchers, technicians, support staff and academics.

Liquid hydrogen is being explored as a fuel for aviation. This requires research to enable fuel systems to be adapted for cryogenic operation, including the prediction of phase change control.  This project will generate a robust modelling approach to create a design tool for future cryogenic fuel systems. Having a design tool allows the fluid condition to be predicted and enables fluid temperature and pressure control approaches to be assessed.  Computational Fluid Dynamic and AI approaches will be assessed, together with low order modelling approaches, to establish the best modelling approach to provide an effective design tool for industry. 

Deadline : Thursday 01 February 2024

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(40) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Developing Artificial Intelligence Tools for Designing Next-Generation Medical Endoscopes

The aim of this project is to explore the application of cutting-edge AI techniques, such as image transformers and graph neural networks, to co-design optical metasurfaces and image reconstruction algorithms for optimal performance. It may also involve using reinforcement learning for real-time reconstruction and physics-informed neural networks to derive explainable models. You will work closely with other members of the lab who are designing and building nano-structured metasurfaces on optical fibres and also with clinical collaborators, with the chance to apply your techniques to real-world clinical data we will soon collect. The role would be suitable for someone passionate about computing, mathematics with a desire to develop skills in AI.

Deadline : Wednesday 31 January 2024

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(41) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Space and Astronautics at NottSpace Lab

We are looking for enthusiastic and driven Ph.D. candidates interested in space systems engineering. Our expansive research areas encompass a variety of innovative fields, including but not limited to miniaturized satellite technologies, data-driven astrodynamics, space mission design and optimal control, solar sails technologies, development of micro-thrusters for CubeSats, advanced satellite attitude control, image-based orbital determination, inter-satellite communication, and space robotics. Our projects are integral in advancing space situational awareness, combating climate change, developing lunar communication systems, and facilitating frequent deep-space exploration with nanosatellites. This exceptional opportunity allows you to work and learn alongside esteemed academic experts and collaborate with leading international space agencies within a vibrant and forward-thinking research environment.

Deadline : Wednesday 31 January 2024

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(42) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Investigating the role of immunity, behaviour and climate in driving seasonal influenza dynamics

In this project we will explore the potential to use Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC) to identify the parameters of seasonal influenza transmission models in a variety of geographical regions, using commonly available microbiological and epidemiological surveillance data. We will first consider how details of the model structure and ABC implementation influence the posterior estimation and its computational cost, informing the utility of such modelling to guide public health policy in different settings. Extensions may include exploring the degree to which enhanced data is required to address questions such as:

  • forecasting the timing and burden of influenza seasons in temperate, tropical and subtropical regions,
  • understanding the role of seasonal vaccination on the maintenance of influenza seasonality,
  • untangling the role of climate, behaviour and viral survival in epidemic models for endemic influenza.

Deadline : Thursday 22 February 2024

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(43) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Enhancing Clinical Trial Capability in Digital Interventions for Children and Young People’s Mental Health

A 3-year funded PhD opportunity available on the topic of “Enhancing Clinical Trial Capability in Digital Interventions for Children and Young People’s Mental Health”. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Charlotte Hall, Dr Kareem Khan and Kirsty Sprange. The project is a collaboration of leading experts in clinical trial delivery and digital interventions, which includes collaboration from Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit.  

We are recruiting a PhD candidate to join the Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. You will be based in the Institute of Mental Health and join the vibrant and supportive Mental Health & Technology theme of the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. You will also be aligned to the Centre for ADHD and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDAL), a research centre of excellence in the Institute of Mental Health, and MindTech, a health technology research centre in the School of Medicine.

Deadline : Friday 08 March 2024

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(44) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Exploring digital technology for remote assessment and monitoring of outcomes in attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

A 3-year funded PhD opportunity is available on the topic of ‘Exploring digital technology for remote assessment and monitoring of outcomes in attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)’.  The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Maddie Groom, Dr Charlotte Hall and Dr Jake Andrews in the School of Medicine, experts in ADHD, remote monitoring, and the evaluation and implementation of digital technology for in healthcare services.  

We are recruiting a PhD candidate to join the Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. You will be based in the Institute of Mental Health and join the vibrant and supportive Mental Health & Technology theme of the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. You will also be aligned to the Centre for ADHD and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDAL), a research centre of excellence in the Institute of Mental Health, and MindTech, a health technology research centre in the School of Medicine.

Deadline : Friday 08 March 2024

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(45) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: UK validation of the iTICQ (Impact of Tinnitus in Children Questionnaire), a new clinical questionnaire measure of tinnitus in children

Tinnitus (commonly described as ringing in the ears) is a condition where sound is heard in the ears or head without any external sound source, i.e., a subjective phenomenon. It is thought to affect approximately 5% of children in the UK. Tinnitus can negatively impact physical, cognitive, and emotional health, and disrupt daily life for these children. Our lab recently developed the 36-item ‘Impact of Tinnitus in Children Questionnaire’ (iTICQ). This is the first clinical questionnaire to be developed to measure the overall impact of tinnitus on children. The next important step for this questionnaire is to evaluate its psychometric properties to ensure it provides a reliable measure of individual differences in tinnitus impact, and that it is responsive to changes in tinnitus impact over time or after treatment.  

Deadline : Thursday 29 February 2024

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(46) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Targeting the sweet tooth to curb population-wide sugar intake

This project aims to understand how differences in the ability to digest sugar, impacts how we taste, and perceive, sweet foods and whether we can target this pathway to curb sugar intake at the population level. The student will lead a multidisciplinary project including recruit-by-genotype, and/or pharmacological studies in humans, where they will acquire skills in sensory sciences, and functional neuroimaging to understand how we sense, and taste sweet foods, and the impact on reward signalling in the brain. Alongside this, the student will gain expertise in G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) biology, signalling assays and advanced imaging as they seek to understand how genetic variants and pharmacology impact taste-receptor signalling. Finally, the student will gain experience with high-throughput screening of putative therapeutic compounds testing their efficacy at inhibiting key enzymes and signalling pathways involved in sugar metabolism and taste.

Deadline : Wednesday 31 January 2024

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(47) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Taiwan Research Hub

The Taiwan Research Hub, in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, is pleased to offer a PhD scholarship to applicants wishing to study in the School beginning in the 2024/25 academic year. The scholarship will be offered on a competitive basis, with applications being ranked by a panel in the School. The panel’s judgement will be final. 

The proposed research can be either in the field of comparative politics, or of an interdisciplinary nature. However, the research must be related to Taiwan, and the first supervisor must be from the School of Politics and International Relations.  

Deadline : Wednesday 27 March 2024

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(48) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Development of multimodal optical microscopy for imaging tumour margins during skin cancer surgery

The aim of cancer surgery is to remove the whole tumour while leaving in place as much healthy tissue as possible (tissue conserving surgery). This surgery is challenging because surgeons lack accurate imaging tools to assess the surgical margins and confirm that the entire cancer was cut out. Therefore, there is a risk of incomplete tumour resection or cutting out too much healthy tissue.

In this inter-disciplinary PhD project, we aim to develop new optical microscopy techniques based on fluorescence imaging and Raman spectroscopy that can be used by surgeons, in the operating theatre, to identify the margins of the tumour. The images and microscopy data will be analysed using a range of machine learning techniques and artificial intelligence.

Deadline : Wednesday 28 February 2024

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(49) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD studentship in: “Development of Novel Synthetic Methodologies through Visible-Light Photoredox Catalysis – Co-Funded AstraZeneca”

An iCASE 4-year PhD studentship is currently available in the Silvi research group (University of Nottingham) in collaboration with AstraZeneca. The recruitment process is officially opened to fill the vacant position as soon as the ideal candidate is appointed.

The student will be based in the University of Nottingham (GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry, Jubilee Campus), with an internship (generally 3 – 6 months) in the AstraZeneca site in Macclesfield or Cambridge. The research project will fully focus on synthetic organic chemistry and the student will benefit from continuous interaction with both the main academic supervisor (Dr. Mattia Silvi) and an industrial supervisor from AstraZeneca. Industrial supervision will be ensured through regular student visits at the AstraZeneca site. More information about the project below.

Deadline : Wednesday 07 February 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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