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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Energy Futures

Applications are invited for four-year fully-funded PhD studentships starting in October 2022 at either Bangor University, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London or The Open University.

Nuclear power generates the largest fraction of low-carbon electricity in the UK and has a positive impact on the security and stability of our nation's energy supply. As the UK curbs fossil fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, includes a greater proportion of renewable energy, and at the same time electrifies road transport and decarbonises central heating, nuclear power assumes a vital role in any future energy mix as a source of low-carbon baseload electricity.

To ensure nuclear is an important part of a greener and securer future, the skills shortage needs to be addressed, new build and decommissioning costs need to come down, long-term geological disposal must be explored, and the UK has to have the skills to contribute meaningfully to cutting-edge technologies, such as fusion and Gen IV reactors.

The Nuclear Energy Futures CDT places student experience at the heart of the programme. We listen to your research interests and link you to stimulating PhD projects supported by a team of industry and academic experts. Owing to the breadth of the CDT and the wide range of industry sponsors involved we can support PhD projects in:

  • Reactor technology
  • Structural integrity
  • Nuclear Materials
  • Nuclear Waste Management, Decommissioning and Disposal
  • Fusion
  • Policy

Projects can also incorporate cutting-edge research in machine learning, robotics and space propulsion. Visit our webpage for more information on our research.

four-year fully-funded PhD studentships

The CDT programme offers PhDs integrated with seven courses. The courses will employ an innovative mix-mode teaching and learning methods and exploit the expertise of each partner university. The delivery will combine three residential courses with four blended learning modules combining human-moderated distance learning and days of face-to-face contact.

The CDT also provides expenses-paid professional development and cohort-building activities that will take you across the world. The cohort-building activities are as follows:

  • Romanian Institute for Nuclear Research (Romania, Year 1)
  • SCK-CEN (Belgium, Y2)
  • Westinghouse Springfields and Sellafield (UK, Y3)
  • Idaho and Oak Ridge National Laboratories (US, Y4)

We are an inclusive and diverse CDT: apart from the minimum entry requirement, we are determined that no one that is motivated to join the programme should be stopped from doing so. Our courses are supported by distance learning so you can learn around your schedule, and is scope for part-time and flexible study if you have existing commitments.

Read more about our CDT at our programme and community webpages. Also, check out our student-run webpage for student profiles, blog posts, outreach materials and more!

If you have any concerns or issues about making an application to our programme you can submit an anonymous expression of interest and receive a confidential response.

Be part of a better energy future: Apply now.

Closing date Friday 5th August 2022. We reserve the right to bring forward the closing date when all vacancies are filled. Positions are limited so please do not delay in making your application to avoid disappointment. The earlier you apply the better chance you have of being successfully matched to a PhD project.