Developing Electrically-switchable Glazing for Electric Vehicles

   Department of Chemistry

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Project description

Lancaster University and Jaguar Land Rover are pleased to offer a fully-funded 3.5-year PhD position focused on the development of electrically-switchable glazing for electric vehicles.

The research aims to develop new technologies for vehicle glazing which can switch between transmissive and partially reflective states to modulate heat absorption within the cabin. This will reduce the load on the batteries powering the vehicle leading to extended range. The PhD project would suit candidates with interests in functional materials, materials chemistry, electrochemistry and green technology.

The project will be hosted by Dr Xiao Hua ( at the Department of Chemistry, Lancaster University, whose work centres on developing novel energy materials and understanding their intricate structure-property relationships for the applications in batteries, photovoltaics and catalysis.

In addition to receiving a full funding package (£18,622 p/a), including a competitive stipend and support for travel and research expenses, the successful candidate will also have the opportunity to gain valuable experience through interaction with Jaguar Land Rover.


Applicants will hold a 1st class or 2:1 UK Masters-level or BSc degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, or Natural Science and possess theoretical and practical skills commensurate with a science or engineering-based undergraduate degree programme. Candidates with a 2:2 may be considered if they can demonstrate excellent research skills in their application and references.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong interest in electrochemistry, experimental physical and synthetic chemistry, enthusiasm to work in a laboratory environment, willingness to learn, a collaborative attitude, and will possess good written and oral communication skills.

How to apply (Please read carefully)

It is encouraged to send informal email enquiries before submitting an application (). But please note that we cannot receive applications by email as they must be processed centrally.

Applications should be made via Lancaster University’s online application system (

Please indicate on your application that you are applying for this funded PhD project by declaring the title of the advertisement where prompted. You may use the project description as your research proposal to apply for this studentship.

Application Deadline: 15th January 2024.

Applications will be considered in the order that they are received, and the position may be filled when a suitable candidate has been identified ahead of the deadline. 

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Funding Notes

Funding Details
The studentship will cover fees at the UK rate. It may also partially contribute to the fees and stipend of a self-funded international candidate, though it is advised that you enquire regarding this before applying.

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