Industrial and International Leverage Fund (IILF) PhD opportunities

Up to 20 new PhD projects will be available as part of the new IILF-funded doctoral research opportunities

The Bristol Doctoral College is delighted to announce the Industrial and International Leverage Fund (IILF) as part of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) award 2018-20. 

This is a new initiative which has been set up in Bristol to encourage and stimulate collaborative doctoral research and training opportunities through innovative co-funded and co-created PhD projects. This approach has been supported by EPSRC through its flexible matched funding opportunity - it's so-called 50% rule 

At present the following projects have been successfully awarded: 

  • Study on Design Allowables for Fibre-Steered Laminated Composites in Aircraft Structures 
    This is an exciting PhD opportunity in the next generation aircraft, requiring the use of cutting edge ‘fibre-steering’ technology.  For more information, contact Dr. B.C. Kim.
  • The Coalescence of Drying Droplets 
    This PhD will focus on developing a novel approach to examine particle coalescence with varying extent of drying/moisture content. The exciting PhD opportunity also come with the potential of a short-term placement in industry with various key strategic partners. For more information, contact Prof. Jonathan Reid.
  • Augmented Reality for Information Visualisation in Fusion plant monitoring and operations 
    This PhD studentship is a collaboration between the University of Bristol and the UK Atomic Energy Authority through its R&D centre in Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE). The research will involve investigating how Augmented Reality (AR) can be used in the fusion power industry. Applications are now open. For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Calway 
  • Physics simulations with novel computing architectures: Optically bound swarms and light-driven micro-machines 
    This PhD project aims to use computer simulations to explore the optical trapping and binding of large numbers of shaped colloidal particles. For more information, contact Dr. Simon Hanna
  • Thinning of Eigenvalues in the Real Ginibre Ensemble of Random Matrices 
    This project plans to study the thinning of the real eigenvalues of non-Hermitian matrices with real elements. This is an International Dual PhD programme with the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste, Italy and International Centre for Theoretical Physics, (ICTP) Trieste, Italy. For more information contact Prof Francesco Mezzadri or Prof Tamara Grava 
  • Directly-written integrated photonic circuits for quantum dot-based quantum simulations 
    This project aims to develop a quantum dot (QD) source of small (3-6 photon) photonic mini-cluster states in a modular, scalable platform. This is an International Dual PhD programme with Macquarie University. For more information, contact Dr. Ruth OultonDr. Graham Marshall or Michael Withford.
  • Using virtual-reality, modelling, control, machine and deep learning to investigate behavioural dynamics of human-machine interaction from a multi-agent system perspective. 
    This project is focused on investigating the behavioural dynamics of groups of humans performing cooperative perceptual-motor tasks. This is an International Dual PhD programme with Macquarie University. For more information, contact Prof Mario di Bernardo or Prof Michael Richardson
  • Real Time Simulation of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PMSMs) and PMSM Drives
    This project is focused on developing improved ways to model and simulate Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor Drives in real time, making use of MATLAB and supporting tools which are widely used by the automotive industry. As industrial partner, MathWorks Ltd will provide assistance in best use of MATLAB, Simulink and Simscape plus access to high-end real time microprocessor-based and FPGA-based hardware. For more information, contact Dr David Drury.
  • Threading receptors for cellulose and chitin — a new approach to the exploitation of abundant polysaccharides
    Abundant polysaccharides, including cellulose and chitin, are difficult to utilise due to extreme insolubility. This PhD project, in collaboration with Ziylo, will look at developing methods for purifying glucose from complex mixtures — so the ultimate result could be a process for turning cellulose (e.g. from grass) into glucose, and thence food or fuel. For more information, contact Dr. Anthony Davis.
  • Exploration of using a tactile probe to sense an Ultrahaptics display
    The proposed research will use data analysis techniques to test and model a system which uses an optical tactile probe to 'feel' the haptic sensations from an Ultrahaptics display. This research will be undertaken in partnership with Ultrahaptics, a Bristol-based SME and a University of Bristol spin-out. For more information, contact Dr Nathan Lepora.
  • Surface forces mediated by novel polymers under tribological contact
    This PhD, which is a collaboration with Infineum, will use a range of bespoke synthesised polymers to determine layer structure, thickness and properties. The programme will include use of surface forces apparatus, established in Bristol, to directly measure the surface forces and friction mediated by polymer layers under confinement and shear. Complementarily, X-ray and neutron reflection will be employed to study the interfacial structure of the polymer layer. For more information, contact Dr Wuge Briscoe.

Questions about these projects?

If you have any questions or want to find out more about these opportunities, please contact the Bristol Doctoral College.

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