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EPSRC CDT in Topological Design

Fully funded PhD studentships available within the EPSRC CDT in Topological Design

We are currently accepting applications for our fifth cohort at the EPSRC CDT in Topological Design. We have up to 10 fully funded PhD studentship available to start from January to December 2023.

To find apply to the CDT, please visit our applications page.

The Centre takes a multidisciplinary approach to the design of materials, fields and devices, with expert supervisors from across 7 different Schools in science and engineering at the University of Birmingham.

EPSRC CDT in Topological Design

What is Topological Design?

Topological Design is concerned with the functionality of an object or device derived from its shape rather than the material it is made from. Topology is a branch of mathematics that describes properties of objects which are persevered under continuous deformations (such as stretching, bending, twisting and crumpling).

The University of Birmingham has been at the forefront of Topological Science. In 2016 the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded (in part) to Professors Mike Kosterlitz and David Thouless for their ground-breaking research on topological physics at Birmingham in the 1970s.

EPSRC CDT in Topological Design

Our programme and research

Our programme includes a range of taught modules offering training in all aspects of Topological Science (including Condensed Matter Physics, Electromagnetic and Microwave Engineering and Materials Science) and includes mini-projects in theoretical and experimental groups, and an industrial internship.

We offer a wide-range of interdisciplinary research project in specialist research teams with world-leading research profiles and facilities, some with industrial sponsorship. We are currently recruiting to 3 co-funded studentships:

  • Two projects working with Toyota Europe:
    • “Novel Atom Interferometry Techniques”
    • “Development of High-Data-Rate Quantum Gravity Sensors”
  • “Understanding and Improving the Topography of Additive Manufactured Implant Surfaces” – Co-funded by Renishaw PLC.

We also offer have a wide-range of funded projects by EPSRC and the University of Birmingham. Find out more about our research!

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EPSRC CDT in Topological Design

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