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Heriot Watt University - School of Engineering & Physical Sciences - 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 2019. The James Watt scholarships will provide full fees and stipend for 3 years from Autumn 2019, whilst the DTPs provide full fees and stipend for 3.5 years and are available to UK/EU students.

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 more than 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 2019. 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 New projects are being added all the time.

Closing Date: 8th February 2019. All successful candidates must commence studies by 1st December 2019 at the very latest.

Apply via the 'Apply' button above

Institute of Chemical Sciences

  • Phase boundary mapping for the discovery of improved thermoelectrics
  • Velocity Map Imaging of the Dynamics of Gas-Liquid Surface Reactions
  • Computational Modelling of Transition Metal-Main Group (TM-MG) Heterobimetallic Complexes for Small Molecule Activation and Catalysis
  • Probing ionic liquid surfaces using reactive-atom projectiles
  • Development of Polymeric Nanocarriers in Continuous Flow for the Controlled Release of Agrochemicals
  • Dynamics of Inelastic and Reactive Scattering
  • Spectroscopy & Dynamics of Atmospherically Relevant Molecules in the Time and Frequency Domains
  • Imaging collisions of OH radicals with liquid surfaces

Institute of Photonic and Quantum Sciences

  • Quantum Networking
  • Industrial CASE PhD Studentship – Process fundamentals for the additive manufacture (3D printing) of metals
  • Finite element (FE) modelling of the additive manufacture (3D printing) of metals
  • Designer two-dimensional heterostructures for quantum photonics
  • Semiconductor devices for quantum networking
  • Photoelectron Circular Dichroism as a Chiral Probe
  • Time-Resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy using Hollow-Core Photonic Crystal Fibres
  • Miniature femtosecond laser frequency combs for astrophotonics and quantum metrology
  • 3D printing of micro-scale graded shape memory components for in-vivo actuated medical devices
  • Theoretical PhD project on quantum communication and quantum information
  • Quantum-Enhanced Imaging in Extreme Environments
  • Next Generation Components for Quantum Communication
  • Quantum Image Teleportation with Entangled Light Sources
  • Ultrafast lasers for surgical applications
  • Laser controlled nanoparticle deposition
  • New optical components and devices from micro-structured fibres
  • Ultra-nonlinear epsilon-near-zero flat optics
  • Index-near-zero-embedded optical resonators
  • New insights into the ultrafast optical physics of quantum-confined semiconductors
  • Extreme physics of ultrafast semiconductor lasers
  • Quantum Communication beyond Qubits
  • Quantum Information Processing with Complex Scattering Media
  • Quasi-phase-matching parametric interactions in tapered waveguides
  • 3D laser beam shaping
  • Flat optics for system integration
  • Developing new concepts and novel optical devices
  • Laser machining of ceramics for medical ultrasound applications
  • Quantum Phase Transitions Driven by Quantum Fields

Institute of Sensors, Signals and Systems

  • Advanced computational methods for improved cancer monitoring and personalised treatment
  • Approximate Bayesian methods for scalable inference

Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering

  • Injectable polymer-bound catalysts for targeted chemotherapy
  • Assessment of nanomaterial toxicity using alternative, non-rodent models
  • The infectious disease sample prep tool box
Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Edinburgh
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Provides full fees and stipend
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 3rd December 2018
Closes: 8th February 2019
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