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Funded Research degree opportunities

We currently have the following funded Research degree opportunities available.  

Social Anthropology Studentship 

We are inviting applications for a studentship in the following area: "Orangutan rescue in ‘the Anthropocene’: socialities, politics, moralities" led by Dr Liana Chua at Brunel University London. It is a part of the European Research Council-funded project, Refiguring conservation in/for ‘the Anthropocene’: the global lives of the orangutan.

The studentship is for full time, fixed term study for 4 years to start on 1 May 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Successful applicants will be awarded full tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a starting stipend of £15,279 p.a. plus fieldwork and some conference expenses.

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The main project has two key aims: 1) to explore how global conservation is being re(con)figured and ‘scaling up’ to meet the challenges and possibilities presented by the so-called ‘Anthropocene’; and 2) to figure out ‘the Anthropocene’ by examining how it is experienced, conceptualized, produced, contested, or refused in multiple ethnographic settings. It seeks to generate new conceptual and theoretical optics through which to grasp the mutually transformative relation between conservation and ‘the Anthropocene’. The PhD candidate will be part of a four-person research team exploring these questions through an unprecedented multi-sited ethnography of the global nexus of orangutan conservation.

What you will be doing:

This PhD project will use the concept of ‘rescue’ as a lens onto key ethical, political and ecological dilemmas in orangutan conservation. It will ask what ‘saving’ a particular species entails in a context that’s shaped by local pressures and international discourses about extinction and conservation, as well as how ‘rescue’-related practices and ideas are shaped by emergent ‘Anthropocenic’ ideas and phenomena (e.g. haze and forest fires).

The candidate will conduct long-term fieldwork (12-15 months) with a human-orangutan conflict mitigation unit and rescue team in Indonesia, focusing on (among other things) the day-to-day work of rescuers and conservationists as well as their interactions with surrounding rural communities. S/he will be expected to complete a PhD within the four-year period and participate fully in the project’s activities; these will include attending regular reading/discussion groups, organising a workshop and conference, and carrying out outreach and other public engagement activities. S/he will also have the opportunity to author and co-author open access publications based on his/her research during the life of the project (2018-2023).

Eligibility criteria:

The successful candidate should hold an excellent first degree in anthropology or a closely related discipline. S/he must be able to engage critically and creatively with relevant theoretical and conceptual frameworks within anthropology, as well as with conservation debates and literature. S/he should also be highly motivated, able to work independently and as part of a team, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Prior knowledge of Indonesian would be an advantage but is not necessary at this stage.

Potential applicants are welcome to contact Dr Liana Chua (liana.chua@brunel.ac.uk) for an informal discussion.

How to apply:

Please submit a CV, cover letter and writing sample (eg an essay) together with two references to Liana.Chua@brunel.ac.uk.  

Deadline: 14 January 2018   Interviews to be held in February or March 2018

ESRC Funded Studentships in Health & Wellbeing Pathway via the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership. 

Studentships are available as either three year PhD (+3) or four-year studentships, depending on the level of research training already achieved, on a full-time or part-time basis. Successful applicants for a Full-time award will receive an annual maintenance stipend of approximately £16553 per year (2017-18 RCUK rate paid in monthly instalments) for the period of their award (three or four years) plus Fees at the current RCUK rate for Full time or Part time courses. Successful applicants for a Part-time award will be paid pro rata for the period of their award (six or eight years).

The GUDTP is a collborative partnership between Oxford,Open & Brunel University London. The  Health and Wellbeing Pathway is led by Brunel and delivered collaboratively by the three universities.Brunel students on the pathway will be based within the University’s Institute of Environment, Health and Societies (IEHS), a cross-university Institute undertaking fundamental and applied research to address health and wellbeing inequalities and promote social justice. Studentships are available across a wide agenda of the most significant national and global health and wellbeing challenges, offering applicants opportunities to join expert teams. 

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The GUDTP is an exciting new collaboration between Brunel, the University of Oxford and the Open University, which offers its students access to innovative social science research training across all three institutions. Brunel DTP students in Health & Wellbeing  will be members of the GUDTP Health & Wellbeing Pathway led by the Brunel University London - For further information click here.

The Health & Welbeing theme is home to internationally recognised researchers in sport, health and physical activity and ageing studies. Areas of expertise include - but are not restricted to - 

  • sport, physical activity, health and wellbeing;
  • health and wellbeing in older age;
  • lifestyle behaviours and health inequalities;
  • health and wellbeing among young people, including sexual health and anti-violence interventions;
  • Health economics. 

More information on the Health and Wellbeing research areas available at Brunel is available at http://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Grand-Union-DTP.

How to apply and eligibility

For the Health & Wellbeing pathway, the following documentation below should be sent by email to:
Emma.sigsworth@brunel.ac.uk BUL DTP Manager with the subject header: Grand Union DTP studentship – Health & Wellbeing pathway.

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A4 single-spaced personal statement, identifying the Pathway and specialist area of interest, and detailing why you are a suitable candidate.  This should include details of your residential eligibility.  Please see annex 1 of the ESRC postgraduate funding guide
  • Research Proposal – 2000 words
  • Two academic references or names and contact details of two academic referees. One professional reference (if applicable).
  • A copy of your Undergraduate transcript and certificate and Masters transcript and certificate (if applicable).   If you have not yet completed your course, please provide an up-to-date transcript.
  • A copy of your English language qualification, where applicable. Any non-native speaker who has not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section).

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview. Following the interview, applicants will receive an initial decision about whether they are being nominated for a Grand Union DTP scholarship. Nominees will be instructed to submit a formal online application via Brunel University Admissions.   A final decision from the DTP Panel on the award of a studentship will be advised by April 2018. All nominees who meet the required standard for doctoral study will also be advised of any alternative opportunities for doctoral study at Brunel. 

Deadline for applications is 19 January 2018

 

ESRC Funded Studentship in Education via the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership.

Studentships are available as either three year PhD (+3) or four-year studentships, depending on the level of research training already achieved, on a full-time or part-time basis. Successful applicants for a Full-time award will receive an annual maintenance stipend of approximately £16553 per year (2017-18 RCUK rate paid in monthly instalments) for the period of their award (three or four years) plus Fees at the current RCUK rate for Full time or Part time courses. Successful applicants for a Part-time award will be paid pro rata for the period of their award (six or eight years). 

The GUDTP  is a collborative partnership between Oxford,Open & Brunel University London. Brunel DTP students on the Education pathway will join the Department of Education. Education at Brunel is a leading department in the UK offering the full range of provision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In common with the university as a whole the department has a rich ethnic mix among its student population and attracts a significant proportion of students from outside the European Union. The Education Department’s excellence is illustrated by being rated as 10th best in the UK by the Complete University Guide, 2016, and by both Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes being rated as ‘Outstanding in All Areas’ by Ofsted in October 2015. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 60% of the Education Department’s research was world leading or internationally excellent, and 90% of its impact was graded as internationally excellent. 

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The GUDTP is an exciting new collaboration between Brunel, the University of Oxford and the Open University, which offers its students access to innovative social science research training across all three institutions. Brunel DTP students in Education will be members of the GUDTP Education Pathway led by the University of Oxford - For further information click here.

Brunel DTP students on the Education pathway will join the Department’s research provision where they will benefit from Brunel’s specialist expertise in: 

  • History and philosophy of education
  • Inclusivity in Education
  • Teaching and learning in higher education
  • Professional practice, pedagogy and curriculum studies
  • STEM Education
  • Technological innovation in education

Joint Oxford-Brunel supervision will be available where beneficial, drawing on existing external co-supervision practices. More information on the Education research areas available at Brunel is available at http://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Grand-Union-DTP.

How to apply and eligibility

For the Education Pathway ,the following documentation below should be sent by email to:
Emma.sigsworth@brunel.ac.uk BUL DTP Manager with the subject header: Grand Union DTP studentship – Education pathway. 

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A4 single-spaced personal statement, identifying the Pathway and specialist area of interest, and detailing why you are a suitable candidate.  This should include details of your residential eligibility.  Please see annex 1 of the ESRC postgraduate funding guide
  • Research Proposal – 2000 words
  • Two academic references or names and contact details of two academic referees. One professional reference (if applicable).
  • A copy of your Undergraduate transcript and certificate and Masters transcript and certificate (if applicable).   If you have not yet completed your course, please provide an up-to-date transcript.
  • A copy of your English language qualification, where applicable. Any non-native speaker who has not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section).

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview. Following the interview, applicants will receive an initial decision about whether they are being nominated for a Grand Union DTP scholarship. Nominees will be instructed to submit a formal online application via Brunel University Admissions.   A final decision from the DTP Panel on the award of a studentship will be advised by April 2018. All nominees who meet the required standard for doctoral study will also be advised of any alternative opportunities for doctoral study at Brunel. 

Deadline for applications is 19 January 2018

 

NSIRC PhD Scholarships in Structural Integrity

The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI offering PhD and MSc programmes in structural integrity. Six PhD scholarships are available throughout the year in the following projects:

  • Application of pulsed eddy currents to the measurement of residual stresses
  • Laser Processing of Fibre Reinforced Plastic Composites
  • Process capability study for Friction Stir Welding: Benchmarking the process variants
  • Coded wave forms for high resolution ultrasonic guided wave response of complex structures
  • Examination of residual stress state in pipeline girth welds subject to high plastic deformation
  • Robustness of steel-framed offshore structures against fire and blast 

The studentships will cover  a stipend of £16,000 per year and tuition fees. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, with total funding capped at £24,000 per year.

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Eligibility: Home/EU and International
Requirements: Candidates should have a relevant degree at 2.1 minimum, or an equivalent overseas degree in Mechanical, Electrical/Electronics or Civil/Structural Engineering, Material Science, Metallurgy or Physics. Candidates with suitable work experience and strong capacity in numerical modelling and experimental skills are particularly welcome to apply. Overseas applicants should also submit IELTS results (minimum 6.5) if applicable.
Scholarship: This studentship is funded by NSIRC, industry partners and Brunel University London. For Home students a £24k per annum scholarship is available which will cover tuition fees and provide a competitive enhanced STIPEND of £16k per annum for the duration of three years. Partial scholarships are provided for international students with funding up to £24k per annum for three years.

To apply please contact Lara Gibson by email: lara.gibson@twi.co.uk

 

PhD Studentships in Electronic and Computer Engineering, Experimental Particle Physics

The College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences at Brunel University London is offering two funded PhD studentships within the Particle Physics Group, UK funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

 

  • One successful applicant will work on the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment (CMS) at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva
  • One successful applicant will work on the MICE experiment based at STFC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire

 

Both PhD studentships are for a period of up to four years commencing on or before October 2017 and will include, for CMS, the possibility of a long-term attachment at CERN for a year or longer. The successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £16,553 plus payment of their full time Home-EU tuition fees.

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Project details
The Particle Physics Group has been carrying out research in experimental particle physics for more than 25 years, with its current focus being the CMS experiment at CERN, the MICE experiment at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and Grid computing for particle physics (GridPP project).

Our CMS group makes a significant contribution to the study of top quark production in proton-proton collisions using CMS data. The group also plays an active role in the maintenance, operation and upgrading of the Silicon Tracker, having contributed to the construction and commissioning of this detector and the current endcap electromagnetic calorimeter. We are looking to recruit a student to study the production of the top quark in both Standard Model and Beyond the Standard Model scenarios using CMS data and to contribute to activities related to the upgrade of the current CMS tracking detector. Successful applicants will also contribute to detector performance studies. A period of long-term attachment at CERN is associated with the CMS studentship.

The MICE collaboration aims to demonstrate the ionisation cooling principle for a muon beam by making one of the most precise measurements of emittance and its reduction through ionisation cooling. The successful candidate will take a leading role in the analysis of data taken in 2016 and 2017. The student will contribute to the precision measurement of beam emittance and emittance reduction across the MICE absorbers. Our aim is to make the most precise measurement of beam emittance ever. This is an exciting opportunity for a PhD student who will be based jointly at Brunel University London and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Eligibility
Applicants will have or be expected to receive a good undergraduate degree (upper second or first BSc) but ideally an MSci/MPhys degree, in Physics or a closely related subject, to be eligible for STFC studentships. Experience of C++ or python would be an advantage, and additionally for the MICE studentship a knowledge and interest in particle accelerators and beam dynamics. The studentships also have eligibility criteria relating to UK residency, for full details of the STFC eligibility criteria and other information, please visit the STFC studentship website.

How to apply
If you wish to apply, please e-mail the following to Group Leader, Professor Peter Hobson as soon as possible: 

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A single-page A4 personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e. outlining your qualifications and skills);
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees;
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of English language capability to IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections), if applicable

 Applications will continue to be accepted until all studentships have been filled.

EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentships at BCAST

Applications are invited for two full time 4-year EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentships at BCAST, Brunel University London starting from 1st October 2018. BCAST is a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub).  
Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend and payment of their full time home/EU tuition fees for a period of 48 months.  Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship. 

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Our research covers fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing. BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. See http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information. The work will take place in BCAST’s Advanced Metals Casting Centre (AMCC) and Advanced Metals Processing Centre (AMPC), which are new scale-up facilities that bridge the gap between fundamental research and full scale industrialisation and are aimed at meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the automotive industry. The projects will be part of the activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) established with BCAST.

The successful applicants will be supported by a number of research fellows working in these project areas: 

1. Thermomechanical processing of AlMgSiCu alloys for high electrical and thermal conductivity applications (one position).  You will develop and optimise the melt treatment and thermomechanical processing (TMP) conditions for a new generation of higher thermal and electrical conductivity age hardening AlMgSiCu aluminium alloys for applications in the wiring systems of electric vehicles and in the cooling systems of electric vehicle battery modules. The research will involve liquid metal processing, extrusion and thermomechanical treatment of extruded sections. The processed sections will be analysed using a combination of optical/ electron microscopies and eddy current method to understand the effect of compositional and processing conditions on microstructure and conductivity. A strong background in physical metallurgy is essential, and experience in microstructural characterisation is desirable. 

2. Manufacturing induced property development using electromagnetic pulse technology (one position). You will develop and optimise the use of a high velocity forming technology, known as electromagnetic pulse technology (EMPT) to increase the mechanical properties of AlMgSiCu aluminium alloys. The research will evaluate and develop the understanding of the use of forming at high strain rates equivalent to those achieved using explosive forming to extend ductility. A strong background in physical metallurgy is essential, and experience in microstructural characterisation is desirable. 

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491 

Eligibility 
Successful candidates are required to have a first degree at or equivalent to 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is an advantage.  In addition, he/she should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills.

How to Apply
If you wish to apply, please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 31st January 2018. 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees; 

Please state clearly which project you are applying for. 

Liquid Metal Engineering Studentships

You can find all current funded opportunities available in Liquid Metal Engineering (BCAST), here.  

For all other research degree opportunities visit our Research Degree homepage.