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PhD studentship in: Super-miniature engineering using MEMS technologies: next generation sensors for turbulence measurements

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, April 24, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Number of awards


Start date and duration

October 2020 for up to 3.5 years.


The proposed research aims to develop the next-generation of super-miniature sensors using Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) technologies to accurately measure instantaneous wall-shear stresses in turbulent air and liquid flows.

The successful applicant will work as part of a larger team across Newcastle University and Imperial College London on a recently funded £1.4M EPSRC grant (, and will contribute to a new international NATO task group ( who are developing micro-technologies for air and space applications.

Throughout the PhD, the applicant will be trained to a high technological standard and possess skills essential for the growth of the UK economy. In particular, the applicant will develop high technical proficiency in MEMS design and fabrication, Finite Element Analysis, wind tunnel and water flume testing, particle image velocimetry, laser Doppler velocimetry, hot-film anemometry, computer programming and control and instrumentation.

Throughout the doctoral study the applicant will be supported to develop their own portfolio to demonstrate significant professional development with an aim to obtaining chartered engineer and chartered scientist status.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Richard Whalley (

School of Engineering (

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant is expected to have a 1st class honours degree in either Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a related subject, and a strong background in mechanics, mathematics and engineering design. It would be highly desirable for the applicant to have an understanding on MEMS technologies, microfabrication techniques and fluid dynamics, alongside relevant experience of collecting and analysing experimental data.

The award is available to UK/EU applicants only. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria (, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application form You will need to:
•click on programme of study
•insert 8090F in the programme code section and click search
•select Programme name ‘PhD Mechanical Engineering (full time) - Mechanical & Systems Engineering’
•insert eng058 in the studentship/partnership reference field
•attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code eng058 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
•attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

You should also send a copy of your CV and covering letter quoting the relevant reference number, together with a short statement as to why you feel this project will further your own research interests, send direct to Dr Richard Whalley (


Dr Richard Whalley

Funding Notes

Full UK/EU fees (eligibility criteria applies to EU students) and annual living allowance of £15,009

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