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PhD in Engineering: Study of Compressible Turbulent Mixing Phenomena and Interactions (EPSRC iCASE studentship)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, October 31, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The School of Engineering of the University of Glasgow is seeking a highly motivated graduate to undertake an exciting 4-years PhD project entitled ‘Study of Compressible Turbulent Mixing Phenomena and Interactions’ within the Aerospace Sciences Division.
The PhD studentship is in collaboration with AWE Plc. The aim is to understand the processes involved in turbulent mixing and fluid flow. The project will also involve the development of novel flow diagnostic techniques to improve our fundamental understanding and push the frontiers of fluid science and engineering forward utilising state-of-the-art experimental facilities used for mixing studies at Glasgow University.
There is also opportunity to spend some of the research time on secondments in AWE Plc in Berkshire (Science & Technology Division), where world-class research tools and methodologies are developed and applied to study fluid related phenomena in extreme environments, to engage with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and to deploy some state-of-the-art imaging systems that exist at AWE at Glasgow University as part of the study.
Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow has been a home to aerospace research for over 80 years, and today our researchers are tackling the multidisciplinary challenges faced by the aerospace industry in the 21st century. We nurture a strong, diverse research portfolio and have established major initiatives to deliver capability and technologies that contribute to the global aims of greener, faster and safer travel. We have excellent modelling and simulation facilities, we are a hub in the UK’s National Wind Tunnel and ESA’s Plume-Regolith Testing facilities, we are part of the Vertical-Lift Network Consortium, and we house the AWE’s Compressible Mixing Shock Tube.
Interested applicants should have a strong interest in fluid dynamics and flow diagnostics and a willingness to learn and develop new optical techniques. Applications are invited from candidates with (or who expect to gain) a good upper-second or first-class honours degree in Engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical) or Physical Sciences (Applied Physics, Fluid Dynamics, Optical Physics).

How to apply

In the first instance, please send your CV and cover letter directly to Professor Kontis (). Then, selected applications will be invited to apply formally using the online system at the following link for admission as a postgraduate research student to the admission team in the Recruitment and International Office:
It should be noted that this application is to gain admission to our PGR programme with the decision on this being based on your academic achievements, and an offer of admission may be sent out before a decision on this EPSRC ICASE PhD is made. Candidates applying for this Studentship will have their applications vetted as to acceptability to this EPSRC ICASE PhD and will most likely have an interview/discussion with the supervisor before any decision is made.


For an informal discussion or for further information on this project, potential applicants are encouraged to contact: Professor K. Kontis, (E-mail: )

Funding Notes

The studentship is supported by UKRI/EPSRC and AWE Plc, and it will cover home tuition fees and provide a stipend at the Research Council rate (estimated £15,009 per annum for Session 2019-20) for 4 years.

*** To be eligible for this funding, applicants must have ‘settled status’ in the United Kingdom and must have been ‘ordinarily resident’ for the past three years. EU nationals are generally eligible to receive a tuition fees and stipend award. ***

There is also an opportunity for a secondment to AWE Plc in Berkshire funded by the company on top of the EPSRC grant.

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