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PhD Studentships in Materials Science

EPSRC Materials Science PhD Studentships

EPSRC Grant Ref: EP/R513234/1

Applications are invited for one of 18 fully funded EPSRC PhD studentships in the area of Materials Science at the University of Huddersfield. Applicants should be of outstanding quality and exceptionally motivated. The studentships are renewable for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory annual performance and progression review, and will provide for tuition fees, a tax-free stipend (subject to annual increase).

Please note that there are more projects than funded studentships therefore this is a competitive application process which including interviews. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview in person or via Skype. The 18 most outstanding applicants will be offered a studentship.

The application form and all details are available at

Queries about the application process are welcome and should be directed by email to [email protected]. Informal enquiries about individual projects should be directed to the lead supervisor listed for each project.

Summary of Award

Type of Award PhD Research Studentship
Eligibility UK/EU applicants only; First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
Location Huddersfield
Details 3 years full time research covering tuition fees and a tax-free stipend (was £14,777 for 2018/19, figures for 2019 will be updated when released by EPSRC) plus stipend for up to twelve months writing up.
Funded via the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Programme.
Closing Date 31 March 2019
Start Date October 2019

Candidate requirements

Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area. Specific subject related requirements and prerequisites are listed with each project.

Applicants will, normally, have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the studentship. See for details.

Application details

  • Complete the Studentship Application Form, save the file in format ProjectReferenceSurname.doc, where ProjectReference = Project Reference, Surname = your family name.
  • Provide a current detailed CV, identifying any research employment or experience and, where applicable, details of research conference presentations or publications.
  • Provide copies of transcripts and certificates of all relevant academic and/or any professional qualifications.
  • Provide references from two individuals, at least one of whom should be able to comment on your suitability for postgraduate research. Referees named on this application who are submitting references separately should send them to [email protected] and include the Project Reference in the subject of their email.

Completed applications, including all relevant documents should be submitted via-email to [email protected] and should include the Project Reference in the subject of the email. Please note: if you do not attach all the relevant documentation prior to the closing date of 31 March 2019 your application will not be considered.

EPSRC Materials Science PhD Project List 2019

  • Development of Bio functionalized surfaces using Additive Printing of Materials
  • Measurement and characterization of wear in shoulder replacements
  • Manufacturing and testing of mucoadhesive holders for advanced imaging
  • Evaluating Material Wear In Firearms using X-ray Computer Tomography to Establish Mode of Use and Identification
  • A Novel Thermal Management System for Electric Vehicle’s Batteries
  • Modelling Uranium Corrosion by Hydrogen and Formation of Uranium Hydride
  • Development and Use of a Data-Acquisition System for an Electron Energy Loss Spectrometer
  • Towards sustainable visible-light driven photo-catalytic materials: Redox non-innocent chromium(III) complexes
  • Development of Sustainable Hierarchical Bio-composites for Industrial Applications
  • Bubble lattice formation in nuclear materials
  • Miniature Ion Gun to Explore Tungsten Nanofuzz Formation
  • The ability of microbial biofilms to modify the surface properties of nuclear cements
  • Ultrasound imaging of nanoparticles for pathology diagnosis
  • Measurement and Characterisation of Additively Manufactured 3D Lattice Structures Using X-ray Computed Tomography
  • Cryptand Cages for Anion Selective Encapsulation for Nuclear Waste Remediation
  • Engineering of Carbon-Oxide Composite Thermoelectric Nanomaterials
  • Novel Diaryliodonium Salts as One-Component Photopolymerisation Agents
  • Spatial frequency optimization for processing freeform surfaces
  • Crystal morphology effects on radical degradation pathways in irradiation sterilized pharmaceutical excipients

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