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Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engines for Net Zero automotive propulsion

   Department of Mechanical Engineering

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About the Project

The department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath is inviting applications for the following fully funded PhD project, expected to commence in October 2022. A later start (up to September 2023) may be possible, if agreed with the intended supervisor.


Would you like to join the leading centre for theoretical, experimental and analytical research into powertrain systems in the UK? The Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) at the University of Bath is recruiting a fully funded PhD student. We are seeking highly motivated graduates to work alongside the existing research team in support our EPSRC funded Prosperity Partnership, "Centre of Excellence in Hybrid Thermal Propulsion Systems" in collaboration with Oxford University, Jaguar Land Rover and Siemens Digital Industries.

The project aim is to develop a Hydrogen fuelled thermal propulsion system that, when combined with a matched hybrid energy recovery system can deliver a propulsion system for vehicles that are not readily adaptable to Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) technology.

Areas of fundamental research open to the PhD student include modelling and validation of.

  • Boosting systems and air path design for high efficiency Hydrogen fuelled engines
  • Advanced Multi-cylinder engine concept testing , data evaluation, and optimisation

This Studentship is aligned to the Jaguar Land Rover EPSRC Prosperity Partnership with Oxford University and Siemens digital industries software. This is a large project with a total value of >£12M. Significant opportunities exist to collaborate with external partners and access state of the art experimental facilities at IAAPS www.iaaps.co.uk and learn from experienced research team at Bath and Oxford.

Candidate Requirements

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

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

Enquiries and Applications

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Prof Sam Akehurst - [Email Address Removed]

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Mechanical 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.


Automotive Engineering; Fluid Mechanics; Mechanical Engineering; Systems Engineering; Thermodynamics

Funding Notes

Candidates applying for this project will be considered for a 3-year University of Bath Studentship. 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 (£16,062 for 2022/23). In order to be eligible for funding, applicants must qualify as a ‘Home’ student - see Funding Eligibility section above.

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