Fully funded PhD Studentship: Simulation and Testing of Low-emission Engines and Fuels

Newcastle University - Newcastle University – Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research

Funding amount: £16,000 per year tax-free stipend.

Start date and duration: ASAP for a four year duration.

Application closing date: 31st May 2017

Applications are invited from first-class graduates for a fully-funded research studentship within the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research at Newcastle University. Energy research at Newcastle is a major success with almost £50m of funding over the last three years. The successful candidate will benefit from the significant research infrastructure and technical support offered by one of the UK’s largest energy research and training centres.

The PhD Challenge

The project provides an outstanding opportunity to be involved in high impact, cutting edge research while also giving the student valuable exposure to advanced internal combustion engine research and development for 21st century vehicles. The project will enable the candidate to develop expertise in both advanced simulation and experimental testing of next-generation vehicle powertrains.

The student will conduct a series of experiments using a recently developed state-of-the-art research engine to investigate a number of promising next generation energy carrier fuels. These will then be simulated using a state-of-the-art advanced simulation tool.


EPSRC Industrial CASE Award with CMCL Innovations.


Dr Andrew Smallbone, Professor Tony Roskilly, Professor Paul Watson

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2:1 in a related subject such as engineering, science, physics or mathematics. Since the funding is provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the fully-funded studentship is only available to those applicants who are either UK/EU nationals or have a relevant connection with the UK (see www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility for more details).

How to apply

Candidates should send a covering letter, detailed CV, including university grades and experience, together with the names and contact details of two referees to andrew.smallbone@newcastle.ac.uk ASAP and before the 31st May 2017.

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