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EPSRC CDT in Nuclear Energy

EPSRC CDT in Nuclear Energy - GREEN (Growing skills for Reliable Economic Energy from Nuclear)

The GREEN CDT is a consortium of the five universities of Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, which aims to train the next generation of expert nuclear scientists and engineers.

Undertake a fully-funded, four-year Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) PhD in GREEN (Growing skills for Reliable Economic Energy from Nuclear) and take your place among the next generation of nuclear experts.

Why undertake an CDT in Nuclear Energy - GREEN?

  • GREEN has significant industrial engagement and support from companies across the nuclear sector, ensuring that the CDT is at the forefront of doctoral study and encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration.
  • Two-thirds of graduates from this consortium's previous nuclear CDTs have gone on to work in the nuclear sector, and 90% have taken up technical roles.
  • The opportunity to work on real-life challenges at an industry scale, carrying out some or all of your research project in an industrial setting.
  • Graduate as a highly employable nuclear scientist or engineer.
EPSRC CDT in Nuclear Energy

About the programme

Not since the 1950s has there been a more exciting time to work within the field of nuclear science and engineering. The Nuclear Sector Deal was published in 2018 and the industry is witnessing heavy investment.

While the decommissioning of legacy nuclear sites around the country continues to drive forward, ongoing investment is being made in both new nuclear build and small modular reactors. Nuclear will be an essential component in the country’s efforts to meet climate change targets; but to remain at the forefront of the industry the UK needs new Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).

GREEN will provide both academic- and industry-based research partnerships. A taught programme of learning, secondment opportunities, industrial co-supervision and a fully industry-based PhD project will shape you into the SME the nuclear industry needs.

This growing sector has an acute need for skilled nuclear scientists and engineers. Working alongside our 12 industry partners and in partnership with four more of the country’s leading nuclear universities, you will gain a deep theoretical and practical knowledge of nuclear fission and fusion for energy.

2022 Projects

Flexible Peptide Decorated Polyaminocarboxylate Ligands for Selective Extraction of Radiotherapeutic Metals for Targeted Alpha Cancer TherapyDetails
GREENCDT Data driven models for accurate prediction of nucleate boiling on oxidised surfaces.Details
GREENCDT Decontamination of carbonaceous nuclear waste streams for segregation and possible re-useDetails
GREENCDT Hydro-geochemical evolution of bentonite buffer during infiltration of saline groundwater in a generic LSSR repositoryDetails
GREENCDT Next-generation low-carbon cement wasteforms for safe disposal of radioactive wasteDetails
GREENCDT Physics-informed data-driven models to characterise the effect of surface defects on flow boiling phenomenaDetails
GREENCDT Uranium Nitride/Uranium Diboride oxidation studiesDetails
In situ gas analysis in interim spent fuel containersDetails
Multiscale investigation of corrosion deposition in high temperature high pressure water for nuclear power plantsDetails
GREENCDT Modelling of precipitation reactors in the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuelDetails
Application of the machine learning methods for development of zero-power reactor simulatorDetails
GREENCDT Application of advanced simulation tools for multiphysics evaluation of the SMR coresDetails
GREENCDT Developing an approach for zero power reactor experiment of thermal molten salt reactorDetails
Utilising data fields for model updating and validation in Computational Fluid DynamicsDetails
Next-Generation Low-Carbon Cement Wasteforms for Safe Disposal of Radioactive WasteDetails
Development of anti-permeation coatings for tritium facing materials for fusion (GREENCDT)Details
EPSRC CDT in Nuclear Energy


GREEN delivers comprehensive doctoral training across the whole fission fuel cycle, in addition to allied areas of fusion.

The programme has a focus on:

  • technical skills development (co-created by key sector employers)
  • wider nuclear sector challenges
  • Clean Growth Agenda
  • government policy and strategy
  • wider public knowledge
  • critical thinking
  • governance
  • regulation.
EPSRC CDT in Nuclear Energy

How to apply

Applicants should be from the UK/EU. You should have obtained or be about to obtain a First or Upper Second class UK honours degree, or an overseas equivalent. The degree should be in a relevant area of science or engineering.

If you would like to apply for an CDT PhD in GREEN (Growing skills for Reliable Economic Energy from Nuclear), please send your CV across to

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