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iTCDT 4 year PhD: Functional coatings for demanding engineering applications

University of Leeds

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Leeds
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 with and enhancement of £1,487.00
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th August 2018
Closes: 30th September 2018
  • Value: Funding covers the cost of fees and provides a maintenance matching the Research Council UK rate (£14,777 for 2018/19 with and enhancement of £1,487.00). Funding duration is 4 years. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course. Applicants must be available to start 24th September 2018.
  • Number of awards: 1
  • Deadline: 30/09/2018
  • Supervisors: Contact Dr Tomasz Liskiewicz to discuss this project further informally.

UK industry needs innovative coatings and functional surfaces to enhance product performance, exploit efficient materials utilisation and adapt to changes in the business environment. Improved adoption of surface engineering will result in wider UK PLC economic and societal impacts associated with development of functional surfaces for automotive, aerospace, biomedical, healthcare, defence, agriculture, food, oil & gas and packaging industries.

This project will exploit a recent investment in the state-of-the-art functional PVD coatings facility at the University of Leeds. The facility is internationally-unique multi-purpose PVD/PECVD coatings system which enables innovation in the advanced science of future hybrid coatings. The project is in collaboration with the coatings platform manufacturer, Hauzer company based in the Netherlands. The scope of the project will be on creation of engineering devices and components with greatly improved nanostructured coating/substrate architectures, including novel nanocomposite coatings, next generation DLC coatings and advanced optical coatings.

Entry requirements

- 1st / 2:1 Degree In Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Mathematics Or Other Relevant Discipline.
- IELTS 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in listening, reading, speaking and writing.
- UK/EU Home Status
- Enthusiasm For Original Applied Research
- Enquiring Mind And Scientific Understanding
- Ambition To Work With Industry
- Ability And Desire To Work In A Team

Additional staff contact

To find out more about the iT-CDT and what they do; please visit or contact iT-CDT Centre Manager Kimberley Matthews - Hyde.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is the 'iTCDT 4 year PhD: Functional coatings for demanding engineering applications’ as well as Dr Tomasz Liskiewicz as your proposed supervisor.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates.  All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.

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