Fully-funded PhD Project: Modelling, Control and Analysis of Moderate Electric Fields (MEF) Food Processing

Sheffield Hallam University

This PhD project is sponsored by SUSFOOD2 – an EU Horizon 2020 ERA-NET Cofund on Sustainable Food Production and Consumption. The successful applicant will study dynamic modelling, advanced control, energy and economic analysis of Moderate Electric Fields (MEF) food processing, supported by the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University. The student will work closely with six European partners and some industrial partners throughout the project. The project will comprise the following elements:

  • Study of system(s) dynamics for design/simulation of advanced control systems;
  • Development of auto-tuning, adaptive PID controllers and Intelligent, Model Predictive Controllers for MEF heating (IMPC MEF);
  • Development of integrated solutions for process control, optimisation and real time monitoring (RTM MEF), including evaluation of in-line measurement techniques for tailored meat product control;
  • Evaluation of energy efficiency of volumetric heating and extraction/impregnation operations;
  • Estimation of operating and capital costs for MEF units designed for volumetric heating and extraction/impregnation operations;
  • Supporting the dissemination activities of the project.

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According to the latest national Research Excellence Framework, our research programme is ranked in the top five of all UK modern universities. Overall, 65% of our research received the prestigious 4* and 3* rating as world-leading and internationally excellent.

How the scholarships work

This scholarship is for home / EU applicants. All UK/EU tuition fees will be paid and a full student stipend at standard UK Research Council level (currently £14,553 / year) will be provided for three years of full-time study commencing May 2018. We welcome applications from International student, who will receive the student stipend (currently £14,553/year) but be required to pay the shortfall between UK and International fees (around £12,400 per annum).

Our research environment

We provide a rich and vibrant research environment for our doctoral students. You will have access to the University's well-equipped research infrastructure, including dedicated workspaces, computing equipment, extensive library resources and multi-million pound laboratory and practice-related spaces.

Supervision is provided from world-leading and internationally excellent academic staff who will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills, and share the techniques and professional networks cultivated through their own cutting-edge research. Pastoral support is also provided, alongside academic guidance.

Find out more and apply

The successful candidate will hold an upper second or first class honours degree, or an appropriate Masters-level qualification, in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline.

The deadline for all applications is 3rd June 2018. For details of how to apply and eligibility criteria, visit our website.

Applicants should complete and submit an application form as instructed at the following link (Download your Postgraduate application form here and email it directly to meri-student@shu.ac.uk). Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr. Hongwei Zhang (h.zhang@shu.ac.uk).

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