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EPSRC PhD Studentship: developing new modelling capabilities and simulation-for-design tools for Nanoscale Interfacial Fluid Dynamics

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  • Full or part time
    Prof D Lockerby
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

A consortium of three internationally-leading UK research institutions is offering a 3.5 year fully-funded scholarship, to develop new modelling capabilities and simulation-for-design tools for Nanoscale Interfacial Fluid Dynamics. This prestigious opportunity is funded by a flagship £3.4M EPSRC Programme Grant awarded to Professor Duncan Lockerby and Dr James Sprittles (University of Warwick), Professor David Emerson (Daresbury Laboratory) and Professor Jason Reese (University of Edinburgh).

The candidate will be integrated into the Programme’s extensive collaborative network of international researchers and nine industrial partners in order to deliver the knowledge required to understand and design next generation nano-engineered flow technologies.

Project Overview
Society is facing major challenges in health, transportation, energy and climate. Over the next 25 years, nano-engineered systems will play an increasingly important role in helping meet these challenges, but their demands on simulation for design outstrip current modelling capabilities. Emerging applications that depend on the interfacial physics down to the nanoscale include: targeted cancer treatments that exploit nano-bubble cavitation; low-emission vehicles with nano-structured coatings; and micro coolers that harness heat transfer at evaporating nano-menisci.

Funding Notes

The annual stipend will be £14,254 (tax free), for 3½ years, with all university fees paid. This scholarship is available for EU/UK students only (or for non-EU/UK students who can provide the difference in the university fees).


Please email a full Curriculum Vitae and cover letter, explaining why you are interested in pursuing a PhD in this research Programme, with the names and contact details of two referees to [email protected], with ‘PhD Application’ in the subject line. During your PhD research you will visit each of the three sites regularly, but will be based at Daresbury Laboratory (Warrington), the University of Edinburgh, or the University of Warwick. Please indicate in your application whether you are flexible, or have a strong preference, on location.

The Successful applicant will then complete the formal acceptance process at the respective institutions.

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