PhDs

Energy Management Group
Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
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PhD scholarships and studentships in the Electrical Energy Management Research Group at the University of Bristol

We are keen to take on new PhD candidates:

PhD Scholarships are open to UK students and allow the candidate and prospective supervisors to work out a topic of mutual interest. Applications are assessed on receipt. Applications from Year-3 students on a four-year course are welcome now, for start after completion of their course. The funding pays for a tax-free stipend of at least £15,000pa, a research and travel budget, and University fees. Applicants should be on track to obtaining a 1st class degree in Engineering Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Physics, Materials, Engineering Mathematics, or similar.

PhD funding in conjunction with a Teaching Assistantship. This route is open to UK and EU graduates who are on track for a 1st class degree.

PhD Studentships for UK/EU candidates are available for specific research topics. They are similar to the scholarships, but usually have fixed application deadlines and often attract an additional tax-free annual industry-funded bonus of a 2-5 £k. Applicants should have, or be predicted to obtain, a 2.1 degree or higher in Engineering Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Physics, Materials, Engineering Mathematics, or similar.

PhD Studentships for Overseas Candidates. There are only a few available each year. If your CV is exceptional, please apply to us as listed above, and we will put you forward for the University Scholarship competition.

How and when to apply

Please apply as soon as possible. You must include the name of our research group in your application, or even suggest specific PhD supervisors, or your application will not find its way to us! PhD candidates in our group have two supervisors.

Any time after the middle of Year 3 of a 4-year course is suitable for an application. We can make an offer subject to the outcome of 3rd year exam results. Most PhD applications are evaluated all year round, as they come in, and the advert stays live until a suitable candidate is found. Specific PhD studentships become available at fairly short notice throughout the year; it is therefore best to apply as soon as possible, and to email us occasionally if you are still looking. In addition to the formal application, it can help to email us a cover letter stating your interests and a full CV (including nationality, grades, a summary transcript, references, and other sources of funding) to the address on the right. Unfortunately, we do not have time to acknowledge the receipt of CVs.

Self-funded candidates

If you have obtained full or partial funding already, please email us a cover letter stating interests and a full CV (including nationality, grades, a summary transcript, references, and details of funding) to the address on the right. You do not need to have a detailed proposal, as long as your research interests roughly align with those of the Electrical Energy Management Group. You may call us to discuss research projects other than those listed below.

Current opportunities (Updated 23/10/13)

PhD Topic Background/Description

In a bid to reduce the environmental impact of its aircraft in the face of an ever-increasing market for cheap and reliable international travel, the civil aerospace sector is moving away from distributed hydraulic and pneumatic on-board power systems and switching to equivalent electric systems. The main design drivers for this move are

A key area for the development of enabling compact electric energy conversion systems is that of power electronic based converters. Current power converter efficiencies tend to require a liquid cooling system which carries a significant penalty at the aircraft level. Optimisation of the power converters at aircraft level should enable the liquid cooling system to be removed entirely. However, in order to achieve this goal a substantial effort needs to be made in improving converter efficiencies. This will form the basis for the study associated with the PhD.

PhD Specific Aims/Objectives

The broad aim of this PhD will be to determine the state of technology and modes of operation of power converters being used in current aircraft systems and assess areas that would benefit most from improved efficiency of operation.

The resulting intelligent power conversion system will be designed, evaluated and optimised before a full prototype system is constructed and tested on the world class facilities offered by the Electrical Energy Management Group at the University of Bristol.

Candidate Requirements

You will ideally have a undergraduate degree with a 1st, 2:1 or equivalent in electrical engineering or a closely related subject. Experience of any/all of the following areas would be advantageous to the successful candidate:

The successful candidate will join a team of multi-disciplinary researchers reporting to the industrial sponsor on a quarterly basis, and interfacing with the Technical Customer within the industrial sponsor on a regular basis. This will require you to communicate the work both internally and externally and identify strategic areas for its incorporation into other areas of existing research.

Scholarship Details

The research proposed is sponsored by an industrial partner that will offer the successful candidate up to a maximum of three years of full UK/EU PhD tuition fees (equivalent to £3440 p.a.) and a tax-free bursary of £13,590 p.a. As a result of the level of fees covered by the scholarship it is only open to UK/EU candidates (no applications from overseas fees paying students please).

Application Details

Applications for this position are to be made using the on-line application facility at: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/prospectus/postgraduate/2013/apply.html

Any queries can be directed to Dr David Drury (d.drury@bristol.ac.uk) with the title of the post in the subject line of the email. Please cite the title of the post in the application.

 

PhD Topic Background/Description

In a bid to reduce the environmental impact of its aircraft in the face of an ever-increasing market for cheap and reliable international travel, the civil aerospace sector is moving away from distributed hydraulic and pneumatic on-board power systems and switching to equivalent electric systems. The main design drivers for this move are:

The PhD programme will examine opportunities to take this further, looking at taking the core material properties, intelligent, targeted thermal design and hence full system design associated with synchronous machines. Some flexibility is available in the direction of the work and will align with the successful candidate’s interests and background and the project sponsor’s (Safran Power UK) strategic research goals.

PhD Specific Aims/Objectives

Based upon existing understanding of high power density machines, a multi-physics approach will be used to explore technologies that can be used to drive the power density of electric machines ever higher, offering more opportunities for their use on civil aircraft.

The technologies explored will be characterised and tested, brought together finally into an electric machine design which itself will be evaluated and optimised before a prototype is constructed and tested on the world class facilities offered by the Electrical Energy Management Group in the Merchant Venturers' School of Engineering at the University of Bristol.

Candidate Requirements

You will ideally have a good undergraduate degree (1st, 2:1 or equivalent) in electrical engineering (or a closely related subject). Experience of any/all of the following areas would be advantageous to the successful candidate:

The successful candidate will join a team of multi-disciplinary researchers reporting to the industrial sponsor on a quarterly basis, and interfacing with the Technical Customer within the industrial sponsor on a regular basis. This will require you to communicate the work both internally and externally and identify strategic areas for its incorporation into other areas of existing research. Furthermore, an essential part of the studentship will be integrating the research into our existing portfolio of internationally renowned work.

Scholarship Details

The research proposed is sponsored by an industrial partner that will offer the successful candidate up to a maximum of three years of full UK/EU PhD tuition fees (equivalent to £3440 p.a.) and a tax-free bursary of £13,590 p.a. As a result of the level of fees covered by the scholarship it is only open to UK/EU candidates (no applications from overseas fees paying students please).

Application Details

Applications for this position are to be made using the on-line application facility at: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/prospectus/postgraduate/2013/apply.html

Any queries can be directed to Dr David Drury (d.drury@bristol.ac.uk) with the title of the post in the subject line of the email. Please cite the title of the post in the application.

 

University of Bristol -Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

In a bid to reduce the environmental impact of its aircraft in the face of an ever-increasing market for cheap and reliable international travel, the civil aerospace sector is moving away from distributed hydraulic and pneumatic on-board power systems and switching to equivalent electric systems. The main design drivers for this move are:

A key area for the development of enabling compact electric energy conversion systems is that of power electronic based converters. Current power converter efficiencies tend to require a liquid cooling system which carries a significant penalty at the aircraft level. Optimisation of the power converters at aircraft level should enable the liquid cooling system to be removed entirely. However, in order to achieve this goal a substantial effort needs to be made in improving converter efficiencies.  This will form the basis for the study associated with the PhD.

PhD Specific Aims/Objectives:  The broad aim of this PhD will be to determine the state of technology and modes of operation of power converters being used in current aircraft systems and assess areas that would benefit most from improved efficiency of operation.

The resulting intelligent power conversion system will be designed, evaluated and optimised before a full prototype system is constructed and tested on the world class facilities offered by the Electrical Energy Management Group at the University of Bristol.

Candidate Requirements:

You will ideally have an undergraduate degree with a 1st, 2:1 or equivalent in electrical engineering or a closely related subject. Experience of any/all of the following areas would be advantageous to the successful candidate:

The successful candidate will join a team of multi-disciplinary researchers reporting to the industrial sponsor on a quarterly basis, and interfacing with the Technical Customer within the industrial sponsor on a regular basis. This will require you to communicate the work both internally and externally and identify strategic areas for its incorporation into other areas of existing research.

Scholarship Details The research proposed is sponsored by an industrial partner that will offer the successful candidate up to a maximum of three years of full UK/EU PhD tuition fees (equivalent to £3440 p.a.) and a tax-free bursary of £13,590 p.a.  As a result of the level of fees covered by the scholarship it is only open to UK/EU candidates (no applications from overseas fees paying students please).

Application Details:  Applications for this position are to be made using the on-line application facility at: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/prospectus/postgraduate/2012/apply.html.

Please select 'Electrical and Electronic Engineering (PhD)' in the Programme Choice section and cite the title of the studentship in the Research Details and Funding sections of the form.

Any queries can be directed to Dr David Drury (d.drury@bristol.ac.uk) with the title of the post in the subject line of the email. Applications currently being accepted.

 

These PhD scholarships are available for UK students. Applications are assessed as they come in and applications from current 3rd year students on an MEng course are very welcome. Applications currently being accepted.

 

General topics for PhD Studentships in the Electrical Energy Management Group

Fully funded for 3½ year PhD studentships are available or will be becoming available in the following areas: