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PhD Studentship: Exploring Plants’ Sensing Capability with Vibroacoustics

University of Southampton

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Southampton
Funding amount: Funding for tuition fees and a living stipend are available on a competitive basis. Funding will be awarded on a rolling basis, so apply early for the best opportunity to be considered.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 28th November 2023
Closes: 31st August 2024
 

Project title: Exploring plants’ sensing capability with vibroacoustics  

Supervisory Team: Dr Michal Kalkowski, Dr Giacomo Squicciarini

Project description

We invite applications for a PhD position in plant vibroacoustics. This research project aims to investigate the physical basis of plants' responses to acoustic stimuli, an area with growing interest in both physics and biological sciences.

The project involves developing vibration/wave propagation models to understand plant dynamics in response to vibroacoustic stimuli across broad frequency ranges. It builds on recent biological research suggesting plants' active response to acoustic stimuli. The candidate will integrate theoretical modelling with measurements to analyse plant behaviour. If successful, you will work on determining fundamental vibration models to identify features responsible for receiving signals with given properties (e.g. frequency bandwidth). These efforts will be supplemented by the analysis of wave propagation in plant material and coupling with the surrounding medium to study energy transfer.

This project hopes to find applications in environmental monitoring, agriculture and biological sciences. This interdisciplinary study requires a candidate with a background in engineering, applied physics, acoustics, or a related field. The role includes model development, vibration/wave measurements, and collaboration with experts in related disciplines. The project offers the opportunity to contribute to a novel area of research, bridging physics and biology.

The University of Southampton is one of UK’s leading engineering research centres – an excellent venue for your research adventure. You will be joining the Dynamics Group within the University's renowned Institute of Sound and Vibration Research. Your project will benefit our cutting-edge experimental and numerical facilities, including IRIDIS - the high-performance computing cluster, and muVIS (https://www.southampton.ac.uk/muvis) - the advanced material characterisation centre. You will also benefit from interactions with researchers in our Bioengineering group with a remarkable track record in engineering imaging of biological systems.

Feel free to contact Michal Kalkowski from the Dynamics Group (m.kalkowski@soton.ac.uk) for an informal chat about the project and pursuing a PhD in Southampton. We look forward to hearing from you!

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: 31 August 2024.

Funding: Funding for tuition fees and a living stipend are available on a competitive basis. Funding will be awarded on a rolling basis, so apply early for the best opportunity to be considered.

How To Apply

Apply online: Search for a Postgraduate Programme of Study (soton.ac.uk). Select programme type (Research), 2024/25, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, next page select “PhD Engineering & Environment (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Michal Kalkowski

Applications should include:

Research Proposal

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts/Certificates to date

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk

The School of Engineering is committed to promoting equality, diversity inclusivity as demonstrated by our Athena SWAN award. We welcome all applicants regardless of their gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or age, and will give full consideration to applicants seeking flexible working patterns and those who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities, and offers a range of benefits to help ensure employees’ well-being and work-life balance. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and has been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.

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