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  Long-term behaviour of nuclear wasteforms under geological disposal conditions
  Dr AH Mir
Application Deadline: 26 June 2020

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Geological disposal of nuclear waste is an internationally accepted methodology for nuclear waste management and pursued by the United Kingdom.
  Collective Behaviour of Autonomous Organisms: From Bio-Particles to Robotics
  Dr F Paillusson, Dr A Millard, Dr A Zvelindovsky
Application Deadline: 14 June 2020

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Active Matter is an emerging interdisciplinary field in physics and applied mathematics which refers to systems comprising interacting agents which can drive their own motion (for instance birds, fish, insects, “smart” artificial micro-particles, or bio-mimicking robots).
  Efficient discrete-element modelling of flexible elongated particles
  Dr S Papanicolopulos
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Particulate materials are ubiquitous in nature and in industry (e.g. sand, sugar, corn, ore pellets) and are fundamental to many industrial fields (e.g.
  Constrained Control of Nonlinear Engineering Systems in The Presence of The Delay
  Dr V Vaziri, Dr S S Aphale
Applications accepted all year round

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The real world is inherently nonlinear, and particularly in mechanical systems this nonlinearity arises from one or more of the following reasons.
  Laser shock and shot peening induced surface nanocrystallisation
  Prof M Fitzpatrick, Dr V Janik, Dr W Yuefan
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Coventry University and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research in Singapore (A*STAR) are inviting applications from suitably qualified UK/EU/international graduates for one fully-funded PhD studentship for the project ‘Laser shock and shot peening induced surface nanocrystallisation’.
  Improving Throughput in a Wireless Mobile Network using Successive Interference Cancellation with Power Randomization
  Dr M Tunnicliffe
Applications accepted all year round

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Successive Interference Cancellation (SIC) allows simultaneous transmissions on a common physical channel to be detected simultaneously by receivers, given that the received power levels are sufficiently different both from each other and from the ambient noise.
  Studying quantum motion using a vibrating carbon nanotube
  Dr E Laird
Applications accepted all year round

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To predict the behaviour of a small particle, for example, an electron moving through a molecule, it is essential to use the concept of quantum superposition – the particle may traverse a superposition of multiple paths simultaneously.
  Strain engineering of multifunctional polymer nanocomposites based on 2D materials
  Dr D Papageorgiou
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Since the discovery of free-standing, monolayer graphene in 2004 and the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010, the worldwide interest in graphene and other two-dimensional materials is still increasing, as can be realized from the number of publications per year and the massive investments in research.
  Hydrogen Transport and Trapping Mechanisms Controlling Embrittlement of Nickel Alloys in Low Carbon Energy Systems
  Research Group: Metallurgy and Corrosion
  Dr B Connolly
Applications accepted all year round

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Many current and next generation energy systems are reliant on the production, transportation, storage and use of gaseous hydrogen, often at high pressure.
  Quantum memory effects in charge density wave transition metal chalcogenides
  Dr E Da Como, Prof S J Bending
Applications accepted all year round

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The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project supervised by Dr Enrico Da Como (https://people.bath.ac.uk/edc25/) and Prof Simon Bending (https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/persons/simon-bending) in the Department of Physics.
  Bistatic UHF Synthetic Aperture Radar Phenomenology
  Dr M Antoniou, Prof M Cherniakov
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

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This project is funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) of the UK with the research conducted at the University of Birmingham, UK.
  Animats - neural culture controlled robots for closed-loop neuroscience
  Prof S Nasuto, Dr E Delivopoulos
Applications accepted all year round

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The project will continue research started at the University of Reading on animats - robotic platforms controlled in real time by activity of biological neuron cultures and will investigate the methods for implementing efficient conditioning protocols.
  PhD Studentship Opportunity in Viscoelastic Damping of Vibrations that Occur in Space Flight
  Dr A Viquerat
Application Deadline: 30 September 2020

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During flight vibrations up to 2000 Hz may be experienced. These vibrations can affect the behaviour of sensitive components and potentially the overall flight characteristics of the system.
  Phase engineering 2D materials for next-generation membrane technologies
  Research Group: Condensed Matter Physics
  Dr A Pratt
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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2D material membranes allow the investigation of processes vital to the existence of life and provide a platform for developing next-generation nanofiltration, purification, and healthcare technologies.
  Control of nonlinear systems motivated by linear control theory
  Dr S S Aphale, Dr V Vaziri
Applications accepted all year round

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Improvements in hardware and software tools has facilitated the probing, understanding and control of complex nonlinear system dynamics.
  Digital twin in micromachining through multiscale simulation
  Dr H Tan, Dr Amir Siddiq
Applications accepted all year round

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Digital twin technology in manufacturing is the simulation technology that integrates multi-disciplinary, multi-physical quantity, multiscale and multi probability by making full use of the physical model, monitoring update, operation history and other data.
  PhD in Novel Nanophotonic Phenomena
  Dr F Rodríguez Fortuño
Applications accepted all year round

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Nanophotonics is a thriving field of science which studies the interaction between light and matter structured at the nanoscale, with myriads of applications in information technologies, imaging, security, sensing and healthcare.
  EPSRC iCASE studentship in Lifetime Prediction of Elastomer Composites
  Dr J Busfield
Application Deadline: 26 June 2020

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Development of predictive lifetime models for elastomer composites. An EPSRC iCASE funded PhD studentship opportunity has arisen based in the Soft Matter Group in the School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London.
  Molecular Network Heat Engines
  Dr J Mol
Applications accepted all year round

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Heat engines are one of the central tenets of thermodynamics. In cyclical heat engines, a working gas moves through a reversible cycle to transfer heat between a hot and a cold reservoir and perform useful work.
  Enabling synthesis of fine chemicals through heterogenized catalysis
  Research Group: Process Development and Integration
  Dr C D'Agostino
Applications accepted all year round

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Catalysts are substances that can speed up chemical reactions and/or increase reaction selectivity without consuming themselves. Relative to non-catalytic processes, catalysed reactions perform through more energy efficient routes, in which reactants are able to be used more efficiently.
  Machine Learning and Cognitive Modelling Applied to Video Games
  Dr K Chen
Applications accepted all year round

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Video games have been viewed as an ideal test bed for the study of AI. However, most of the academic work in this area focused on traditional board and card games where limited AI techniques have been tested.
  Mapping the radiation tolerance and local mechanics of nuclear Reactor Pressure Vessel steels
  Research Group: Metallurgy and Corrosion
  Dr E Jimenez-Melero, Prof G Burke
Application Deadline: 31 July 2020

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The aim of the project is to evaluate the impact of the local microstructure on the radiation damage and mechanical performance of neutron-irradiated Reactor Pressure Vessels (RPV) steels at relevant reactor conditions and in the bulk microstructure, with sufficient spatial resolution and chemical sensitivity to identify local changes in chemistry, phases, microstructure and plasticity/hardening.
  Elasticity of geological and planetary materials using novel X-ray imaging
  Dr A Thomson, Prof J Brodholt
Applications accepted all year round

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The structure and composition of the Earth’s deep interior cannot be directly measured, but instead must be inferred from seismic velocity data generated by Earthquakes.
  Engineering electronic states in twisted van der Waals heterostructures
  Prof S J Bending, Dr E Da Como
Applications accepted all year round

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The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project supervised by Prof Simon Bending (https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/persons/simon-bending) and Dr Enrico Da Como (https://people.bath.ac.uk/edc25/) in the Department of Physics.
  Next generation solid-state sodium electrolytes for battery and sensor applications
  Prof P S Salmon, Dr A Zeidler
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD project is on the development of sodium-based solid-state electrolytes for re-chargeable battery and sensor applications.
  Open hardware and software for modular, automated microscopy
  Dr R Bowman
Applications accepted all year round

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The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project supervised by Dr Richard Bowman https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/persons/richard-bowman/ in the Department of Physics.
  Proximity-induced ferromagnetic heterostructures of two-dimensional (2D), van der Waals layers for spintronic applications
  Dr A Ilie, Prof A Nogaret
Applications accepted all year round

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The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project supervised by Dr Adelina Ilie (https://people.bath.ac.uk/ai213/) in the Department of Physics.
  Simulations of charge transport in organic polymer semiconductors
  Prof A Walker
Applications accepted all year round

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The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project supervised by Prof Alison Walker in the Department of Physics.
  Droplet Adhesion on Liquid-Repellent Surfaces
  Dr N Gao
Applications accepted all year round

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A PhD student position funded at UK/EU rate is available to work on droplet wetting and adhesion behaviours in the group of Dr Nan Gao within the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham.
  Size effects in pure and alloyed metals under dynamic loading
  Dr B. Gurrutxaga-Lerma
Applications accepted all year round

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The strength of metals and metallic alloys is usually thought to be independent of the system’s geometry and dimensions. However, at the micron scale this ceases to be true.
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