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Chaotic Electrochemical Signals in Corrosion: turning data into information


   Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering

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  Dr B Metcalfe, Prof Frank Marken, Prof Jonathan Dawes  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath is inviting applications for the following fully funded PhD project, expected to commence in October 2022.

Project

This project will be focused on the analysis and characterisation of electrochemical signals that arise as a result of complex corrosion processes at metal-electrolyte interfaces, and particularly in porous systems. The interdisciplinary research will be performed in collaboration with an industrial sponsor (Viper Innovations Ltd) and will be led by Dr Ben Metcalfe in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University. The project will comprise laboratory experimental work to capture the electrochemical signals that arise from corrosion processes, and analysis of the results. Signal processing, machine learning and predictive mathematical modelling may be used to help understand the experimental results and to inform the design of novel interventions to control the phenomena.

Candidate Requirements

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a First Class or good Upper Second Class Honours degree (or the equivalent) in Engineering or a related subject. A master’s level qualification would also be advantageous.

This project would suit a candidate with either a strong background in electrochemistry or signal processing and who is willing to undertake an impact driven and highly interdisciplinary project. A successful candidate will be willing to develop strong experimental and analysis skills that span multiple disciplines. Prior experience of programming and exploratory data analysis would be advantageous.

Non-UK applicants must meet our English language entry requirement.

Enquiries and Applications

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Dr Ben Metcalfe - [Email Address Removed]

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found on our website.

Funding Eligibility

To be eligible for funding, you must qualify as a Home student. The eligibility criteria for Home fee status are detailed and too complex to be summarised here in full; however, as a general guide, the following applicants will normally qualify subject to meeting residency requirements: UK nationals (living in the UK or EEA/Switzerland), Irish nationals (living in the UK or EEA/Switzerland), those with Indefinite Leave to Remain and EU nationals with pre-settled or settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme). This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Additional information may be found on our fee status guidance webpage, on the GOV.UK website and on the UKCISA website.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We value a diverse research environment and aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated and respected. We welcome and encourage applications from under-represented groups.

If you have circumstances that you feel we should be aware of that have affected your educational attainment, then please feel free to tell us about it in your application form. The best way to do this is a short paragraph at the end of your personal statement.

Keywords

Electrochemistry, corrosion, signal processing, complex systems, mathematical modelling, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Data Analysis, Electronic Engineering, Experimental Physics, Marine Engineering, Mathematical Modelling, Physical Chemistry


Funding Notes

Candidates applying for this project will be considered for 3.5-year industry sponsored studentship provided by Viper Innovations Ltd. This full funding will cover tuition fees at the ‘Home’ rate, a training support fee of £1,000 per annum and a tax-free maintenance allowance at the UKRI Doctoral Stipend rate (£15,609 for 2021/22). In order to be eligible for funding, applicants must qualify as a ‘Home’ student - see Funding Eligibility section above.
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