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Research and Development of the Ammonia Combustion Engines


   Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

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About the Project

Applications are invited for one full-time PhD Studentship 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 the Ammonia Combustion 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 tuition fees.

The project is aimed to understand the key combustion characteristics of ammonia, a zero-carbon fuel, in order to enable marine vessels to employ ammonia as a propulsion fuel source. The main focus of the research is to answer fundamental questions on the ammonia injection process and carry out engine experiments on the ammonia combustion using different combustion strategies in both a single cylinder optical engine and a thermodynamic testing engine.

Applicants should submit the documents below to be considered for a research project “Research and Development of Ammonia Combustion Engines”. Informal enquires may be addressed to Professor Hua Zhao via email to [Email Address Removed]

Eligibility

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 30 May 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 in June 2022.

Research journey

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A PhD programme is expected to take 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time, with intakes starting in January, April or October.

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (1st or 2:1) or an international equivalent. A Masters degree is a welcome, but not required, qualification for entry.

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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.

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

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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 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 tuition fees.
Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.
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