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  PhD Studentship in Mechanical Engineering: Sustainable Soft Robotic Structural Systems (S2RS2)

   School of Engineering

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About the Project

Award summary 

100% Home fees covered, and a minimum tax-free annual living allowance of £19,237 (2024/25 UKRI rate).  


Soft robotics concerns the design and development of compliant structural systems integrated into various robotic systems. This project will explore innovative design and manufacturing methods, and develop novel structural/material systems, in the context of sustainable soft robotics. We are looking for an exceptional individual with a strong science and engineering background and a keen interest in the design, finite element analysis, fabrication, and experimental testing of novel soft robotic structural systems which meet the key requirements of sustainable design and manufacturing. 

The PhD student will work closely with other postdoctoral and doctoral researchers within the Creative Design Engineering Lab (Cdel) at Newcastle University. The successful applicant will be based in our newly renovated Stephenson Building, benefiting from comprehensive academic guidance and access to cutting-edge facilities. 

Number of awards

Start date

16th September 2024 

Award duration

3.5 years 

Application closing date

July 7th, 2024 


School of Engineering 

Name of supervisor/s

Dr Pooya Sareh 

Eligibility Criteria 

You must have, or expect to gain, a minimum 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent in a subject relevant to the proposed PhD project (mechanical, aerospace, structural, material, or mechatronic engineering, or a related field).  

Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills. The studentship covers fees at the Home rate (UK and EU applicants with pre-settled/settled status and meet the residency criteria). International applicants are welcome to apply but will be required to cover the difference between Home and International fees.  

International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme. 

How to apply 

You must apply through the University’s Apply to Newcastle Portal 

Once registered select ‘Create a Postgraduate Application’. 

Use ‘Course Search’ to identify your programme of study: 

  • Search for the ‘Course Title’ using the programme code: 8090F 
  • Research Area: Mechanical and Systems Engineering 
  • Select PhD Mechanical Engineering (full time)’ as the programme of study 

You will then need to provide the following information in the ‘Further Details’ section: 

  • A ‘Personal Statement’ (this is a mandatory field) - upload a document or write a statement directly in to the application form 
  • The studentship code ENG143 in the ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ field 
  • When prompted regarding your research proposal - select ‘Write Proposal’. You should then type in the title of the research project from this advert. You do not need to upload a research proposal.   

Contact Details 

Dr Pooya Sareh 

Engineering (12) Physics (29)

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