PhD studentships in the School of Science

Loughborough University - School of Science

The School of Science is currently benefitting from around £20M in infrastructure investment to create 21st Century research facilities.  Applications are invited for a number of funded studentships in the School for an October 2018 start.

Internationally renowned for its research excellence, the University has a vibrant research student community of around 1200 research students. Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

The School is comprised of five Departments: Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences, Mathematics Education Centre, and Physics.  The School has a vibrant research culture with an international reputation across all disciplines.  In addition to carrying out basic research in different science disciplines, staff in the School of Science are engaged in interdisciplinary research in collaboration with other schools across the campus and beyond nationally and internationally.  We are keen to recruit students to areas recognized as internationally-leading in REF 2014, and as such you will join leading teams in these areas.

Applications are invited for a number of funded studentships from the following areas:

  • Computer aided engineering for the manufacturing of quantum technologies
  • Automorphic Lie algebras associated to exceptional Lie algebras
  • Theory and application of hydrodynamic phase-field crystal model to materials modelling
  • Simulating the interplay of thermal and magnetic (spin) currents
  • Energy harvesting with magnetic thin films
  • Understanding potassium in ion-batteries and heterogenous catalysis using advanced X-ray characterisation
  • Tailorable heterogenous catalysts for renewable hydrogen production from aqueous waste
  • Network policy enforcement in heterogeneous network environments
  • Mathematical modelling and passive control of droplets on surfaces
  • String logics for query languages
  • Long time-scale modelling of radiation damage in nuclear graphite
  • Scheduling and data flow problems in special-purpose networks
  • Nonlinear internal waves in stratified flows with multiple interfaces
  • Analytic description of amorphous solids: A classical density functional approach
  • Quantum materials for efficient spintronic, thermoelectric and spin caloritronic device applications
  • Spectral correlations of random matrices
  • Multidimensional integrable systems: deformations of dispersionless limits
  • Development and application of mild-slope computational models for the assessment of meteorological tsunami hazard in the UK
  • Fractal structures in high-dimensional reactions
  • Multidimensional quasilinear systems: geometry and integrability
  • Rational interaction in autonomous systems
  • 3D printed chemical reactors with embedded functionality
  • Harnessing continuous flow for the synthesis of complex functional molecules
  • Deposition and properties of thin films of high-entropy alloys
  • Variations of pattern languages
  • Hyperbolic equations with irregular coefficients: very weak solutions and applications
  • Structural approaches to the symbol grounding problem
  • Preschool children’s understanding of number: Connecting number symbols and quantity information
  • Rare Events for Dynamical Systems via Transfer Operator Techniques

Please see:  for details on the individual projects listed above.  Please quote the appropriate studentship reference given on the relevant studentship information.

Funding and eligibility

Funded studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis across the projects to successful applicants who have applied for the above-mentioned projects.

The studentships are open to UK/EU graduates with backgrounds in relevant disciplines and who are articulate, well qualified and highly motivated. The minimum entry qualification is a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent.  These studentships can provide a £14,553 per annum (2017 rate) tax-free stipend plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.  International (non-EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance.  Please see individual studentship funding criteria for full details and eligibility conditions.

Successful candidates will be expected to register for 1st October 2018.

Additional Information

Applications can be made online at:

For further details and enquiries about the application process, please contact the School of Science Research Degree Programme Administrators at

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