PhD Studentship: Design and Development of Miniaturised Gas Sensors for the “Internet of Things” to Monitor Air Pollution

University of Warwick - School of Engineering

Application deadline: 30 May 2018 for guaranteed consideration; later applications will be considered if the position is not filled

Start date: 01 October 2018 (flexible)

Project start date: 01 October 2018

Duration: 3 years

The project:

Environmental pollution is of major concern to both developed and developing countries. The World Health Organisation has estimated that 7 million people a year are killed by air pollution. As part of the solution to this problem, better chemical and gas sensors are needed to monitor and warn of potential pollution hot spots.

Working with our industrial sponsor, the project aims to develop new miniaturised gas sensors based on metal-oxide materials for high-volume, low-cost applications, including portable devices and integration into the “internet of things”. The School of Engineering is internationally renowned for its work in developing innovative gas sensor solutions.

The successful candidate will create a number of different gas sensor designs, from developing sensor substrates, material preparation and deposition, gas testing to integration of the sensors into a sensor system to evaluate their performance in real-world conditions. The project would suit someone with an Engineering, Physics or Chemistry background.

Eligibility: Candidates must have a 1st or 2.1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in electrical engineering, applied mathematics, physical biology, physical chemistry, or a closely-related field. Interdisciplinary knowledge is preferred but not required.

Funding: The annual stipend will be £14,800 (tax free), for 3 years, with university fees paid at the UK/EU rate. The full scholarship is for UK/EU students only, overseas students will be considered but must meet the difference between Home/EU and Overseas fees.

How to Apply

Email a full CV, academic transcripts, and cover letter, explaining your interest in pursuing a PhD in this area to: with ‘PhD Application’ in the subject line.

If you are successful at the interview you will be required to submit a formal application for study and fulfil the entry requirements set by the University of Warwick. As soon as you have a University ID number you will be invited to upload your degree certificate, transcripts, and a personal statement that explains your specific research interests and why you should be considered for this award. To make a formal application you must complete the online application form and quote scholarship JAC. Details of how to make a formal application can be found here

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