An exciting full-time 3.5 year PhD studentship in the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bath and very well funded by the EPSRC (Doctoral Training Account) and AWE Aldermaston is available from 1 October 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter to work on a research project to separate hydrogen isotopes (protium and deuterium).
The University of Bath is recognised for the excellence of its research across a wide range of disciplines including science and engineering. The Department of Chemical Engineering, currently ranked third in the UK (2016 Complete University Guide), is housed in a purpose-built state-of-the-art facility which allows a broad range of multidisciplinary research to be carried out, much of which is in collaboration with external bodies. AWE is one of the UK’s largest science, technology and engineering research and development companies, is renowned for its wide range of technical expertise, and is tasked with maintaining the UK’s independent nuclear deterrent.
The project, which builds on a successful earlier PhD at Bath with AWE, will involve the use and enhancement of a unique new experimental apparatus at Bath to elaborate the kinetics and mechanisms of hydrogen isotope exchange (H2 / D2) over solid storage media, in particular metallic membranes. The work will involve close liaison with AWE and with the apparatus manufacturers. Data generated from the apparatus will be used to test and further develop numerical models for exchange processes. The student will benefit from a co-ordinated skills training programme at Bath plus close links with AWE over the duration of the project. The student’s lead supervisors will be Dr Tim Mays at Bath and Dr John Knowles at AWE.
The successful applicant will have a first or upper second class masters-level undergraduate honours degree in chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry, physics or a related subject. Funding requirements mean that the post is only open to British citizens.
The deadline for applications is 31 January 2016 with a view to interviews in February 2016 (date to be confirmed) and a start date by 1 April 2016.
For informal enquires please contact Dr Tim Mays, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bath, BATH BA2 7AY, Tel: 01225 386528, Email: [email protected]