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Research and Development of Advanced Hydrogen Engines

   Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

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About the Project

Applications are invited for one full-time PhD Studentships in the Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels in the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University London for the project titled “Research and Development of Advanced Hydrogen Engines”. The PhD studentship is for a period of three years (36 months) effective 1st of October 2022. The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £18,062 plus payment of their full time Home/EU tuition fees.

Project Details

In order to achieve net-zero carbon transport, hydrogen can be used in place of gasoline and diesel in internal combustion engines for vehicles and many other powerplants. In this project, research and development works will be carried out to identify and implement the optimised engine design and combustion control technologies for maximum efficiency and performance. It will involve working with the technician and external collaborators in setting up and operating engines with hydrogen. 

Find out more about our work in this area here: Hydrogen engine for light commercial vehicles


Applicants will have or be expected to receive a minimum 2:1 or 1st class degree in mechanical engineering or a related discipline. A Masters qualification is an advantage but not essential. Good knowledge and understanding of thermodynamics and combustion. Practical experience with the operation of internal combustion engines.

How to Apply

 Please e-mail all the documents listed below as a single PDF file   to

 [Email Address Removed] by Noon on 23.05.2022:

 ·      Your up-to-date CV;

·      A research statement of 500-1,000 words setting out your project ideas

·      A one A4 page personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e.: your skills and experience);

·      A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript (s);

·      Names and contact details for two academic referees;

·      Evidence of English language capability to IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections), if applicable

 Please, remember to put the project title in the subject of your email.

Interviews will take place during June 2022

Research support

Excellent research support and training

The Graduate School provides a range of personal, professional and career development opportunities. This includes workshops, online training, coaching and events, to enable you to enhance your professional profile, refine your skills, and plan your next career steps as part of the Researcher Development Programme. The researcher development programme (RDP) offers workshops and seminars in a range of areas including progression, research management, research dissemination, and careers and personal development. You will also be offered a number of online, self-study courses on BBL, including Research Integrity, Research Skills Toolkit, Research Methods in Literature Review and Principles of Research Methods.

Library services

Brunel's Library is open 24 hours a day, has 400,000 books and 250,000 ebooks, and an annual budget of almost £2m. Subject information Specialists train students in the latest technology, digital literacy, and digital dissemination of scholarly outputs. As well as the physical resources available in the Library, we also provide access to a wealth of electronic resources. These include databases, journals and e-books. Access to these resources has been bought by the Library through subscription and is limited to current staff and students. 

Dedicated research support staff provide guidance and training on open access, research data management, copyright and other research integrity issues.

Find out more: Brunel Library

Careers support

You will receive tailored careers support during your PhD and for up to three years after you complete your research at Brunel. We encourage you to actively engage in career planning and managing your personal development right from the start of your research, even (or perhaps especially) if you don't yet have a career path in mind. Our careers provision includes online information and advice, one-to-one consultations and a range of events and workshops. The Professional Development Centre runs a varied programme of careers events throughout the academic year. These include industry insight sessions, recruitment fairs, employer pop-ups and skills workshops.

Funding Notes

The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £18,062 plus payment of their full time Home/EU tuition fees.
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