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PhD in Engineering Mathematics of Artificial Muscles for Soft-Robotics

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Fully Funded Bristol-PhD in Engineering Mathematics at the BEST Engineering School in the UK.

This PhD aims to revolutionise the field of Soft-Robotics by developing the next generation of Artificial Muscles Cells that are able to self-adapt and perform complex behaviour unsupervised. This project draws its inspiration from molecular motors and cellular contractions of live and active tissues and fibres found in nature. The research will take place in the internationally renowned Bristol Robotics Laboratory and will constructively combine Engineering Mathematics, Active Soft-Materials and Cellular Biology. This truly interdisciplinary project will merge soft-robotics experiments, mathematical modelling and numerical simulations, blending distinct strands of physics, engineering, robotics and biology. We are looking for talented students with enthusiasm for multi-disciplinary, theoretical and/or experimental research. The PhD program is flexible, and students can choose among an experimental-only, theoretical-only, or interdisciplinary research routes.

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The candidate will have a First-Class Honours degree (or other high academic achievement) in Maths, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, or related subjects.

How to Apply

Email us at with:
 (i) One paragraph explaining why the scholarship should be awarded to you.
 (ii) Itemised list highlighting your academic successes and achievements.
 (iii) CV and transcripts (academic grades).

Why choose Bristol?

We are:
 The number ONE School of Engineering and the LARGEST in the UK (QS Rankings 2019)
 A top 10 UK university and top 50 world university (QS Rankings 2020)
 A top 2 UK university with leading employers (High Fliers 2019)
 A top 5 UK university for research (THE analysis of REF 2014)
 A top 6 European university for teaching (THE 2018)

Funding Notes

PhD starts in October 2020. The scholarship covers Bristol tuition fees, tax-free stipend of £ £15,009 per year plus a per annum travel/consumables budget.

Three (3) competitive PhD scholarships:
(a) UK & EU nationals - deadline 14th February 2020
(b) Chinese nationals - deadline 20th January 2020
(c) Overseas (Non-UK/EU or Chinese) – deadline 20th January 2020

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