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PhD in designing high-performance electric cars of the future.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Be a driving part of the Electric Revolution of transport by designing and testing affordable high-performance electric motors and be part of a global effort to reduce CO2 emissions.

The global transition to clean technologies and the electrification of transport is key to achieving fuel economy targets and help reduce CO2 emissions. The future of automotive travel lies in the design of affordable, high-performance, reliable electrified cars. This PhD opportunity at the University of Bristol will research the tools and experimental methods needed to develop the high-performance electric propulsion drives of tomorrow’s vehicles.

Reducing the design time of electric vehicle manufacture is crucial to greater affordability. This reduction will be made possible through the intelligent design tools and multi-objective optimisation. Accurate computationally efficient models and experimental methods are needed to advance understanding in novel, closely integrated electrical propulsion drives. Further research is needed to test and provide ways of experimentally validating these design methods and calculations in a timely and resource efficient manner, and to identify difficult to model manufacturing variances and uncertainty.

A PhD study offers a unique opportunity to develop in-depth skills and knowledge that will provide a springboard for further career progression. You will be part of the Bristol Electrical Energy Management (EEMG) research group, a multi-disciplinary team of academic researchers at the University of Bristol. EEMG have extensive expertise in the design, characterisation, build and test of high-performance electric machines and have close working relationships with the sector leading electrical machine design software developer and with world renown automotive consultants.

The University of Bristol EEMG PhD experience:
- Enhanced tax-free stipends
- Membership of the top intentional research networks in the field
- Work closely with academic experts; our policy is to limit our PhD intake to no more than two per academic staff ever year
- Access to best in class equipment and facilities
- Research expenses and international conference attendance paid for
- Living in the #1 UK City (Sunday Times 2017)
- Joining an internationally leading group in one of the world’s top 50 and UK top 10 ranked Universities (QS 2020)
- Researching high impact clean energy challenges of the future
- Industry sponsorship and placements
- Training in the state-of-art technologies
- Professional development through our Bristol Doctoral College
- Work and learn in a top 2 UK university with leading employers (High Fliers 2019) and a top 5 UK university for research (THE analysis of REF 2014).

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The University of Bristol is committed to equality and we value the diversity of our staff and students, we welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities to apply.


A first-class degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics or a similar discipline.
Essential: Excellent analytical skills and experimental acumen
Desirable: A background understanding in one or more of the following: electrical machines, electrical drives, heat transfer and thermal analysis, electromagnetics, design of experiments. In addition, you are a competent presenter, writer and communicator, willing and able to work with our industrial collaborators.

Please make an online application for this project using our online application system visit Please select on the Programme Choice page. You will be prompted to enter details of the studentship in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form.

Funding Notes

The scholarship covers full PhD tuition fees, research consumables and attendance at conferences to present findings and is only available to UK/EU applicants (EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the 1st day of the PhD). A tax-free stipend at the current RCUK rate (£15,009 in 2019/20 which is a pre-tax equivalent salary of £20,450) enhanced by an additional £3,000 per year industrial top-up subject to contract, i.e. £18,009 per annum or £1,500 per calendar month.

Candidates can check the eligibility criteria for the award at View Website

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