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  Modelling and validation of ultra high efficiency combustion engine systems for next generation vehicles

   Department of Mechanical Engineering

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  Prof Sam Akehurst, Prof C Brace, Dr Aaron Costall, Dr Tom Fletcher  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following fully funded PhD project commencing in August 2022 or earlier.


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 thermal propulsion system that, when combined with a matched hybrid energy recovery system, will be capable of powering a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) from an energy dense liquid fuel at an equivalent or lower economic and environmental cost than would be incurred by importing electricity directly to the vehicle from the EU average grid. Areas of fundamental research open to the PhD student include modelling and validation of:

  • Low and High grade waste heat management and recovery technologies
  • Boosting systems and air path design for ultra high efficiency engines
  • Advanced Multi-cylinder engine concept testing , data evaluation and optimisation

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.

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; Control Systems; Mechanical Engineering; Thermodynamics

Engineering (12)

Funding Notes

Candidates applying for this project will be considered for a 3-year University of Bath Studentship which 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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