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PhD Studentship Opportunity in a Combined Experimental and Numerical Study of Powder Flow During Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

University of Surrey

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Guildford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Tuition fee at the Home/EU level (i.e. £4,327 per year) and a stipend of £15,009 per year.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 26th July 2019
Closes: 30th September 2019

Studentship description

We are looking for a talented candidate to work on a PhD project in collaboration with a pharmaceutical company based in San Francisco, California, USA. The project aims to understand the flow of powders during pharmaceutical manufacturing and to design and optimise the feeding system, building upon recent research and the facility developed at the University of Surrey. 

Around 80% of medicines are in the tablet form that are manufactured by compression of dry powders. Understanding the flow of powders during the manufacturing process is critical to improve manufacturing efficiency and product quality. Working with a research intensive pharmaceutical company, this project aims to design a lab-scale experimental system to mimic the tabletting systems. The developed apparatus to investigate optimal pharmaceutical formulations and their flow behaviours during tabletting. Furthermore, the powder flow behaviour during the manufacturing will also be investigated numerically using the discrete element method, which will also be used to optimise the process system and predict powder flow behaviour during manufacturing. 

This is a 3 year project, commencing on the 1st October 2019. 

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a good degree in Engineering, Pharmaceutics, Materials science or a related discipline. IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category. 


Tuition fee at the Home/EU level (i.e. £4,327 per year) and a stipend of £15,009 per year.

How to apply

Applications should be sent through the PhD Chemical and Process Engineering course page:  If interested, for the first instance, please send a copy of your CV, transcripts and personal statement to Prof. Charley Wu (

Closing date for applications

30th September 2019     

Application enquiries

Prof.Charley Wu, 01483 683506

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