Fully Funded PhD Studentships Available

Heriot-Watt University – School of Engineering & Physical Sciences

The School of Engineering & Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University is now advertising fully funded Doctoral Training Partnerships and James Watt Scholarships in the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences for 2018. The James Watt scholarships will provide full fees and stipend for 3 years from Autumn 2018, whilst the DTPs provide full fees and stipend for 3.5 years and are available to UK/EU/international students. Where a project doesn’t specify, it may be eligible for either scholarship.

Heriot Watt University

We are a world-class, research-led university with a drive to create and apply knowledge for economic and societal benefit. 

The REF 2014 assessed Heriot-Watt top in Scotland and 9th university in the UK for research impact, with 82% of our research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our pioneering research is driven by leaders in their field, our global pioneers in research and innovation who are crossing frontiers in addressing global challenges.

The School of Engineering & Physical Sciences

The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences was created in August 2002 and we currently have 400 postgraduate research students. The school embraces the disciplines of Chemistry, Physics, Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering & Bioscience.

Our expertise

Built on a strong foundation of core strengths in each of these areas, we have the expertise to tackle a wide range of challenging and important problems ranging from the truly fundamental to the fully applied and to provide high-level, specialised training to satisfy the needs of modern industry. The School enjoys an international reputation for its research and its close connection with the professional and industrial world of science, engineering and technology, reflecting the importance that the University attaches to the quality of its teaching, research and student support.

Postgraduate Research

The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences is active in a wide range of research areas, supported by strong external funding. These provide many opportunities for your imagination to be stimulated, whether you are interested in fundamental questions or applying your knowledge to real-life problems.

Research Institutes

  • Institute of Chemical Sciences
  • Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering
  • Institute of Sensors, Signals and Systems
  • Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering
  • Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences

How to Apply

All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class MChem, MPhys, MEng, MSci or equivalent degree by Autumn 2018. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype).

Synopses of the projects available, web pages and email addresses of supervisors from whom further details are available, and information on how to apply can all be found at http://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/engineering-physical-sciences/research/james-watt.htm. New projects are being added all the time

Closing Date: 31st January 2018. All successful candidates must commence studies by Saturday 1st December 2018 at the very latest.

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Institute of Chemical Sciences

  • Imaging Molecular Collisions
  • Discrete metal clusters for photocatalysis
  • Development of Novel Visible Light Photoredox-Catalysed Reactions
  • Development of Small Molecule EPAC1 Activity Modulators
  • Computational Chemistry Modelling Solid State Organometallic Catalysis
  • Probing the surfaces of ionic liquids by reactive-atom scattering
  • Computational Studies of Anti-Cancer Photochemistry
  • Spectroscopy & Dynamics of Atmospherically Relevant Molecules in the Time and Frequency Domains
  • Polymers in Extreme Environments

Institute of Photonic and Quantum Sciences

  • Artificial atoms in novel two-dimensional heterostructures
  • Atomically thin quantum photonics
  • New insights into the ultrafast optical physics of quantum-confined semiconductors
  • Extreme physics of ultrafast semiconductor lasers.
  • Miniaturised optical fibre sensors for pressure, temperature and chemical measurement in porous media flow experiments.
  • Single cell manipulation applications of optical fibres
  • Next Generation Single-Photon Sensors for the Short-Wave Infrared
  • Advanced Quantum-Enhanced Imaging
  • Next generation quantum communications
  • Controlling individual spins in micro-electronic devices.
  • Optical spectroscopy of individual spin-active defects in SiC
  • Multi-photon entanglement for quantum technologies
  • Ultrafast nonlinear optics in gas-filled fibres
  • Quasi-phase-matching parametric interactions in tapered waveguides
  • Polarization encoded optical nanodevices
  • Low-cost nanofabrication for sunlight harvesting
  • Novel light sources and applications for laser frequency combs
  • Additive manufacture (3D printing) of metals
  • Measuring stress-induced birefringence at THz frequencies
  • Ultrafast lasers for surgical applications
  • Laser controlled nanoparticle deposition
  • Nonlinear 2D materials for the generation of non-classical states of light
  • Resonant behaviour in index near zero environment
  • Hybrid Quantum Networks
  • Machine learning of open quantum many-body systems
  • Laser machining of ceramics for medical ultrasound applications
  • Quantum Information Processing with Complex Scattering Media
  • Noise-Resistant Quantum Communication with High-Dimensional Entangled States of Light
  • Information theoretic approach to optimising transport in quantum networks

Institute of Sensors, Signals and Systems

  • New Computational Methods for Modeling Integrated Energy Systems
  • Distributed signal processing for underwater acoustic sensor networks
  • Scalable computational methods for analysis of biomedical data: application to tumor monitoring
  • New computational methods for low illumination imaging and sensing
  • Advanced AI/ML methods for Control of Adaptive Microgrids
  • Embedded Intelligence for Front-end Monitoring Systems
  • Advanced RF/microwave frequency selective devices
  • Trade-offs in biomimetics using multi-objectives nonlinear optimisation methods
  • Internet of Robotic Things for Assisted Living
  • Design and Analysis of Antenna and Circuit Systems for the Wireless Charging of Mobile Phones
  • PhD in Signal Processing Techniques For Biological Imaging
  • Variational and Machine Learning Methods for Image Restoration and Enhancement
  • Full-duplex Communications for 5G and beyond
  • Non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) technology for modelling 5G mobile networks

Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering

  • On-chip lysis and detection of waterborne protozoa
  • Development of human in vitro liver and gut models to assess the potential hazards of nanomaterials
  • Advanced 3D lung models for studying inhaled particle toxicity
  • Super-resolution ultrasound imaging
  • Hydrogel-bound catalysts for targeted chemotherapy
  • Development of microfluidics with integrated optics for manipulation and interrogation of cells
  • Unravelling the effect of altered PRPP synthase complexes on the physiology of the yeast cell.
  • Recreating the tumour microenvironment using 3D Bioprinting
  • Investigating nanomaterial induced neutrophil chemotaxis in vitro
  • Lab-on-a-chip devices to explore biophysical consequences in cellular ageing
  • Novel bio-membranes for use in clinical devices with oncological applications
  • Computational Image Processing: Super-resolution restoration of microscopy images and its application in biological and biomedical Imaging
  • Statistical Thermodynamics of cells and tissues

Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering

  • Carbon dioxide storage in geological formations
  • Novel materials for CO2 capture and conversion applications
  • Optical fibre sensors for porous media flow experiments
  • Three-phase flow modelling of gas flow through muddy grained sedimentary structures
  • Extraction and Physicochemical Characterisation of Galactolipid Biosurfactants from Plant Green Waste
  • Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) engine for Next Generation Green Data Centres
  • Advanced electrochemical processes for CO2 utilisation
  • Knowledge capture through cyber-physical systems and mixed reality
  • The Modelling of Particle Laden Flow