Engineering PhD Studentships at Heriot-Watt University within the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis (CRITICAT)

Heriot-Watt University

Overview: The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis (CRITICAT) comprises the combined Engineering and Chemistry Schools of Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh and St. Andrews Universities. CRITICAT provides training in all aspects of catalysis, including reaction engineering, life cycle analysis and their relation to homogeneous, heterogeneous and bio-catalysis.

This unique approach to catalysis research will:

  • Provide six months of training in all aspects of catalytic chemistry and engineering, including skills training and mini-research projects.
  • Allow you to build and direct your own research through a six month maxi-project experience.
  • Foster interactions with world-leading academic and industrial researchers through collaborations, CDT conferences, and placements.
  • Provide you with a unique set of transferable skills to enhance your future career.

How to Apply: We are seeking to make a number of appointments for a PhD in Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. Ideal candidates would have a strong engineering background with a desire to integrate this with chemical catalysis. Applications should be sent to by Friday 5th January 2018. Please carbon copy your application to Dr Kevin Jones (

Applications should include:

  • A covering letter that explains your motivation to undertake a CRITICAT PhD and your interest /experience of your intended research area (1000 words maximum).
  • A CV that includes a transcript of your degree results to date.
  • Candidates must also organise the submission of at least one “letter of support” from an academic supervisor, line manager or equivalent. Letters of support can be sent as part of your application or e-mailed directly to

Eligibility: UK and EU students will be eligible for full fee studentships, subject to normal EPSRC rules. UK and EU students will also be eligible to receive a stipend (currently £14,553 p.a.) throughout their 4-year course. Applications are welcomed from UK/EU students with, or expecting to gain, a first or upper second class honours MEng/MSci/MChem/BSc/BEng degree (or equivalent). For non-UK/EU candidates a limited number of Overseas Fees Scholarships may be available for outstanding candidates.

Interview Process: We will contact shortlisted candidates soon after the closing date and invite them to attend a two-day open day / interview on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th January 2018. After the interview process, students will indicate their preferred supervisor(s) and research project(s). The Management Committee will match the highest calibre students with supervisors and PhD projects.

Further Information can be found on our website:

If you have additional questions, please contact the CDT Director or CDT Manager

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