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USW DTA Energy Studentship: Optimised drive topologies for energy efficient electric aircraft platform

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, October 18, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

USW is part of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) in Energy, a University Alliance initiative which aims to deliver a new approach to postgraduate research opportunities. It builds on the research strengths and industry-focused ethos of Alliance universities, offering fully funded postgraduate programmes which deliver excellent research with real world impact, an expert network of support and potential employment opportunities for researchers. Students will be based at USW and there will be opportunities for the candidate to share and engage with other PhD students and researchers in one of the biggest DTA programmes in the UK.

The student will receive comprehensive training in not only the area of the project but also will acquire practical innovation and entrepreneurial expertise. This will include attendance at the DTA Training Schools and access to a bespoke ‘elective programme’ hosted across the network of universities. You will be provided with excellent training and supported in your development as an independent researcher.

Project details

This project will investigate the use of highly innovative methods for design and optimisation of power plant architectures for future hybrid and fully-electrical aircraft platforms. The project will develop optimisation procedures to determine optimal power electronics configurations depending on flight missions, providing the most efficient use of electrical power available form on-board sources and to meet functional safety requirements. This will require the development of high-fidelity models of the systems in question, novel fault-tolerant drive configurations and power electronics systems designed to maximise power density and minimise electromagnetic interferences (EMI).

For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Dr Rukshan Navaratne

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should have an upper second class degree, or higher, in an Engineering, Mathematics or Physics discipline; holding a masters-level degree in in these subject areas would be an advantage.
- Possess a reasonable understanding of computer programming
- Be highly self-motivated, with the capacity to learn and develop computational and optimisation techniques
- Have well developed and positive collaborative interpersonal skills
- Have an ability to deliver technical reports and communicate findings
- Be willing to travel in the UK and Overseas and to work in industrial settings.


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A research proposal is not required for this studentship.

Please select Civil/Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering (MPhil/PhD) when applying and clearly state on your application that you are applying for a DTA Energy Studentship.

For further information on the process, please contact Ms Llinos Spargo in the Graduate School

Closing date: Friday 18th October 2019. Interviews: during August (date TBC). Start date: January 2020.


The successful applicant will receive a tax-free bursary of £14,777 per annum, tuition fees paid (at the Home/EU rate) and £1500 per year for travel and subsistence to enable interaction between collaborating organisations.

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