Aerospace power systems – PhD Studentship

Cranfield University - School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing

Centre for Cyberphysical and Autonomous Systems

Application Deadline: 20th December 2016
Start Date: Feb 2017
Eligibility: UK, EU with 3 year UK residency
Duration of award: 3 years 
Ref: CRAN1147
Supervisors: Dr A. Savvaris, Professor A. Tsourdos

This studentship will provide a bursary of up to £15,000 - £ 19,000 p.a. (tax free) plus fees* for three years

A funded PhD studentship is available within the Autonomous and CyberPhysical Systems centre in the School of Aerospace, Transport and manufacturing (SATM), Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, UK.

Project Description: The project will build on a recent seed fund project awarded by the UK Space Agency which will use renewable energy/ novel power technology (thermoelectric generators, fuel cells) for aerospace vehicle power systems such as passenger aircraft, UAVs or spacecraft. The Project will use game changing technology, as its project goals are: (i) to develop new power architecture based on innovative fuel cells/thermoelectric generators for the aircraft industry (ii) support the development of low cost, innovative thermoelectric generators as a complimentary game changing power solution which can revolutionise the aerospace industry sector. The project will involve developing mathematical models for aerospace power systems and hardware design and testing of new power sources using fuel cell, thermoelectric module and novel material technology for aircraft/spacecraft.

Entry requirements:

For this research studentship, we are seeking a talented graduate, having (or be expected to obtain) at least an upper second class honours degree (first class honours preferred), MSc or equivalent in Mechanical, Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering, Aerospace or Computer Science. Good mathematical background and experience with Matlab/Simulink, C++ and real time implementations and programming would be most desirable.


We are looking for a UK national student (or a European resident in the UK for last three years) only. The studentship is for three years and provides payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (£9,000 per annum) plus a £15,000-19,000 per annum contribution to living expenses.

How to apply:

For further information please contact: Pro A. Tsourdos, E:

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form

For further information contact us today:

School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
T: +44 (0)1234 75 8578 

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