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University of Hertfordshire

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Hatfield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £16,062 Annual tax-free bursary plus tuition fees (£5590 for UK or £14,905 for International and EU applicants)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th January 2023
Closes: 13th February 2023

Location: Hatfield, Hertfordshire       

Funding for: UK, International and EU applicants

Funding amount: Annual tax-free bursary of approximately £16,062 plus tuition fees (£5590 for UK or £14,905 for International and EU applicants).

Applications are invited for three-year full-time PhD Studentships in the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science (SPECS) at the University of Hertfordshire (UH). The studentships are available from March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. Successful applicants will be based in the Centre for Engineering Research and the Centre for Networks and Security.

Funded PhD projects

  • Non-destructive evaluation of glass components
  • Novel connections for glass structures
  • Repair of damaged glass components
  • Material aging mechanism and degradation detection in aerospace applications
  • Autonomous control for smart devices in response to cyberattacks on smart power grids
  • Data-driven based composite defect inspection
  • Reconfigurable Intelligent Surface (RIS) assisted Integrated Sensing and Communications
  • Flow control of transonic shock wave boundary layer interactions
  • Novel heat and mass transfer through vortex rings
  • Visual image scanning for defect condition monitoring of composite materials
  • Investigation of enhancement of heat transfer via interfacial phenomena at the microscale
  • Machine learning solutions for network-aware driver-vehicle control systems in remotely driven cars
  • Deep reinforcement learning for formation flight and collision avoidance of fixed-wing aerial vehicles
  • AI algorithms for cooperative delivery of autonomous robotic quadrupeds in hazardous environments
  • Design of steel member components using advanced numerical methods
  • Efficient structural design of structures for extreme loads in urban environment
  • Micro-macro structure interactions of metal alloys

Description of the University of Hertfordshire:

The University is based in Hatfield, in the green belt north of London and only a 30-minute train journey away from central London. In the latest UK-wide Research Excellence Framework Exercise, the University of Hertfordshire is now in the top 25% of all universities in terms of research impact. In addition, 78% of the University’s research has been ranked as ‘world leading’ (4*) and ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) while 90% of our research impact has been classified as being ‘outstanding’ (4*) or ‘very considerable’ (3*). In 2019 UH was awarded TEF Gold for excellence in learning and teaching. UH has been awarded the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Badge and it is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter, demonstrating its commitment to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in higher education and research. UH is committed to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and holds the HR Excellence in Research award.

Applicant Requirements:

Applications are invited from individuals with a first or upper second-class degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline such as, engineering, maths, computer science, etc. A master’s degree or equivalent would be desirable. We are seeking applicants with very good analytical skills and programming skills. In some areas priority will be given to applicants with demonstrable practical engineering skills and experimental experience.

How to Apply:

Informal enquires can be made to Prof. Pandelis Kourtessis, Associate Dean Research and Enterprise, by emailing, p.kourtessis@herts.ac.uk.

Please download and complete an application form obtained from the following link:

https://www.herts.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/31105/uh-application-form.pdf

In your application specify your preference for up to 2 projects. In section 11 you must provide a comprehensive personal statement of up to 500 words describing your motivation to do research on your chosen project(s) at the University of Hertfordshire.

Please also send with your application form a research proposal not exceeding 2 pages.

Your completed application should be emailed to the email address below:

Doctoral College Admissions email: doctoralcollegeadmissions@herts.ac.uk

Closing date for applications: 13/02/2023

Interview dates: week beginning 20/02/2023

Expected studentship start date: 06/03/2023

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