About the Project
UCL Mechanical Energy has a long history of undertaking cutting edge research in fuels and engines, and in recent years has focused on the development of sustainable low emission fuels. The recently refurbished laboratories of the vibrant Engines and Fuels research group feature specialist research engines for the combustion of prototype fuels and comprehensive emissions analysis equipment. During the course of the PhD project, the successful candidate will undertake experimental investigations with a variety of prototype fuels using a heavy-duty diesel research engine, and will gain experience and skills in performing combustion and emissions experiments, analysing and interpreting heat release and emissions data, and potential further chemical characterisation of exhaust particulate matter. The successful candidate will benefit from the input of an industrial supervisor at BP International Ltd, and regular opportunities to discuss results and project direction with expert technologists in the field of fuels and energy. Furthermore, during the course of the project there will be opportunities to participate in unique cross-disciplinary collaborations, publish work in leading peer-reviewed journal papers and present findings at high-profile UK and international conferences.
Applicants should have a background in a relevant engineering or life sciences discipline (Biochemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering), and should have a strong interest in devising engineering solutions to the provision of sustainable energy in the transport sector.
Closing Date and Start Date:
We will be continuously having informal discussion with interested candidates until this position is filled, with an intended start date of 5th October 2020.
Value of award:
Full tuition fees for UK/EU students and stipend of £17,432 per annum (for 4 years).
Applicants will normally be required to hold a first or upper-second class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, or a recognised taught Master’s degree. Overseas qualifications of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institution are also accepted. Applicants should also meet the EPSRC student eligibility requirements described at the following link:
Application Procedure: Eligible applicants should contact Dr. Paul Hellier ([Email Address Removed]) for an informal discussion before applying. Please attach your current CV and a transcript of your degree level exam results (listing all subjects taken and their corresponding grades/marks) and a cover letter stating how the project meets your research interests.
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