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Launch your career in research and development with an industry-focused, three year funded PhD for graduates with a background in scientific disciplines.
The PhDs advertised below are a suite of industry-led funded PhD projects from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an international alliance supporting university-business collaboration. The Centre delivers high quality, business-led research to create eco-innovative technologies, products and services.
Phosphorous pollution of catchments is a significant problem in the UK and is a particular problem in urban areas where its sources are multiple and complex.
This project is to develop a cost effective and easily deployed system for understanding phosphate pressures in urban catchments. This would allow appropriate mitigation approaches to be designed and subsequently monitored to determine their effectiveness, which will help the UK meet regulatory targets.
The project is a collaboration between Environmental Monitoring Solutions Ltd and Northumbrian Water in order to test a low cost passive sampler solution for monitoring phosphate to understand phosphate processes and pressures in complex urban catchments. Academic supervision for the PhD is provided by Professor John Quinton and Professor Hao Zhang from the Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster University.
Applicants should be educated to degree level with a 2:1 degree or better in Environmental Science, Geography, Chemistry, Engineering, Earth Sciences or a related discipline.
This PhD project is a collaboration between Environmental Monitoring Solutions Ltd and Northumbrian Water
By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will:
The post is subject to confirmation of funding.
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This PhD project investigates using compressed fluids as a wave energy storage system (WESS) and the development of an enabling innovative wave energy converter.Computational and experimental modelling will be carried out with the ultimate aim of advancing a selected Wave Energy and Storage System (WESS) up the technology readiness scale and progressing the technology as a viable commercial proposition.
The goal for this WESS research and design project is to develop a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling capability verified and calibrated by experimental modelling which is able to optimise the design and performance of the WESS.
Applicants should have an engineering degree.
The researcher will work with Prof. George Aggidis who leads our renewable energy team in the Department of Engineering at Lancaster University and a new innovative start-up company C Power Ltd. The project will be at the forefront of a new wave of renewable energy development.
If you would like to become involved in this programme, register your interest now.
If the answer is yes, apply for one of our first cohort of 12 PhDs and register your interest now. You have the opportunity to be the first to be invited to apply for our next cohort of industry-focused three-year funded PhD from Lancaster University.
You could be part of a new cohort of around 40 exceptional PhD researchers working in a unique partnership between academia and business. You will be working with a leading high-growth business undertaking intensive R&D on a specific research project to underpin the development of a new product or service, using this work as the basis of your PhD programme of study. Another cohort of researchers may start their industry-focused PhDs in January, April and October 2017, for which you can also register interest now.
Applicants of any nationality can apply. We require applicants to have, or expect to graduate with a good first degree (2:1 or I or the equivalent) and/or postgraduate qualification in biological sciences, chemistry, communications, computing, engineering, environmental sciences, geography, mathematics, physics or related disciplines.
A number of tax-free stipends of £15,000 are available for October 2016 entry to help with living costs, and further tax-free stipends of £15,000 available for January 2017, April 2017, June 2017, and October 2017 entry. The design of this PhD and access to a £15,000 tax-free stipend to support living costs is possible due to funding from the European Regional Development Fund. The PhDs are facilitated by the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, which manages the Low Carbon Lancashire Innovation Hub (LoCaL-i), part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. A £15k stipend may be available to all students offered a place on the PhD programme, regardless of nationality.
All successful graduates will have £4,100 for fees paid by the partner company. For EU/UK students, that covers your fees, so the PhD is fully funded.Fees for Non-EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £16,500/year to £12,500/year.
Students who receive the stipend will receive £15k in Year 1, £15k in Year 2 and £15k in Year 3. The bursary will be paid in 12 monthly instalments each year.
The company projects will be with businesses participating in the programme that aspire to innovate and grow through research and development.
The projects will take a variety of forms, but will all involve collaborative R&D and commercialisation to support the development of new ventures, products, services or business processes. View examples of previous projects.
There are a team of specialist business development staff recruiting and selecting businesses. Each business has to provide clear evidence of their ambition, resource and global mindset to fully engage with the programme and grow their business. They also have to have a viable PhD-level project that can be supervised by Lancaster academic staff.
Students will study at Lancaster University and also have the opportunity to work up to 50% of their time with the business partner.
Postgraduate students at Lancaster University can apply for on-campus accommodation or find accommodation off campus, in Lancaster City Centre and the surrounding areas. Applications for on-campus accommodation are dealt with by the Graduate College Residence Office. LUSU Living is Lancaster University’s off-campus accommodation service. You will live in your accommodation and travel to the company when required.
We are inviting students to register interest for October 2016 or 2017 entry now through our quick and simple registration form. We will be in touch when projects are available on the website.
Once individual projects are posted on our website, you will then be able to apply for them through the University's online application system. Our online application system is easy to use, and lets you do everything you need: from completing the form, uploading supporting documents (such as degree certificates, transcripts, language test results) and tracking the progress of your application. The process is the same, whether you are a UK/EU student or an international student.
You do not need to have worked after graduation to be eligible for this programme, but work experience will nevertheless be very valuable. An interest and empathy with the value of business-driven collaborative R&D with Universities would be helpful.
You should apply if you are a graduate with the ambition to reach the highest professional standing and if you want to develop your skills and experience to undertake a rewarding and well-paid career which uses your background in science or engineering. You will be part of a graduate team at a world-class university underpinning the development of radically new products and services.
This will vary from project to project but is likely to be up to 50% of the time.
Studying at PhD level demands a high level of fluency in written and spoken English and excellent comprehension. See the Lancaster University website for more information.
The academic and business-based research skills you acquire through this programme will give you a launch-pad for various types of careers, whether your aim is to establish a new venture, join a business or government institution, or move into University research management.
You are welcome to contact us with queries and how it might fit with your own background and career plans.
For specific enquiries about the programme in the first instance please contact Amanda and the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
For queries relating specifically to the Lancaster University admissions process, please contact the Science and Technology Admissions Team email@example.com