PhD School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering – Super-miniature engineering using MEMS technologies: next generation sensors for turbulence measurements

Newcastle University

Value of award

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,296 (full award). Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

October 2016/January 2017 for up to 4 years.

Application closing date

Prompt application is advised as this position is only available until a suitable candidate is found.


The proposed research aims at developing the next-generation of super-miniature sensors using Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) technologies which are capable of accurate instantaneous wall-shear stress measurements at multiple spatial locations in turbulent air and liquid flows.

The applicant will be trained to a high technological standard and possess skills essential for the growth of the UK economy. In particular, the applicant will develop high technical proficiency in MEMS design and fabrication, Finite Element Analysis, particle image velocimetry, laser Doppler velocimetry, hot-film anemometry, computer programming and control and instrumentation.

Throughout the doctoral study the applicant will be supported to develop their own portfolio to demonstrate significant professional development with an aim to obtaining chartered engineer and chartered scientist status.


School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Newcastle University

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Richard Whalley and Professor Peter Cumpson, School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Newcastle University

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant is expected to have a 1st class or upper 2:1 honours degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related subject, and a strong background in fluid mechanics, mathematics and engineering design.

It would be highly desirable for the applicant to have a sound understanding of turbulent flows, and have relevant experience of collecting and analysing experimental data. 

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’. Only mandatory fields need to be completed.  However, you will need to include the following information:

  • insert the programme code 8090F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering (full time) – Mechanical and Systems Engineering' as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code ME034 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the studentship reference code ME034 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications
  • If you are interested in the above project and meet the criteria you should email a CV, covering letter plus two references to Dr Whalley.


Dr Richard Whalley
School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering

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