The Electrical Energy Management Group, EEMG, have PhD opportunities in driving the electric revolution and the future of transport. Our PhDs address the engineering challenges that underpin the global transition to clean technologies and electrification by using innovative low carbon transport solutions, such as electric planes with vertical take-off capability.
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PhD in Additive and Advanced Manufacturing of High-Performance Electric Engines (Machines, Motors) in collab. with JLR
Are you an electrical or mechanical engineer looking to apply your background to next generation electrical technologies in pursuit of Carbon Net Zero? We are seeking a motivated PhD candidate to join The Electrical Machine Works, to develop advanced design and manufacturing tools necessary to realise step changes in high-performance electric engines (machines or motors). The successful candidate will develop technology in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover for premium automotive applications.
See the full advert: PhD Advert - JLR-The Electrical Machine Works (PDF, 1,038kB)
Closing date: 8th September 2023
Contact: Dr Nick Simpson: email@example.com
PhD in Electronics for the Internet of Things
Microelectronics and preventing floods? What is the link? This PhD opportunity will develop miniature sensors that last for decades without charging.
Recent developments in microelectronics have allowed electronic circuits to be powered by miniature energy harvesters and even sensors themselves. This has the potential to lead to battery-free Internet of Things devices, for example to alert us to natural disasters such as floods. There are many useful applications for small systems that do not require battery replacement, in sprawling systems such as power grids or transport networks, or in remote structures such as wind turbines or storage systems.
This PhD offers great opportunities to trial your methods in real-life situations, with plenty of opportunity to collaborate with industry. This PhD will work with the world’s lowest-power electronic devices, some of which have been developed in the Bristol Electrical Energy Management (EEMG) research group (bristol.ac.uk/engineering/research/em/). The EEMG at the University of Bristol is a multi-disciplinary team of PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and academics who have developed some of the world’s lowest-power electronic devices.
The PhD can focus either on microelectronic design or on the use of already existing components to develop ultra-long-life sensors, depending on your background. A core research question will revolve around how to power certain functions of smart devices from sensor output signals alone. We are looking to hear from enthusiastic and exceptional students.
Contact: Professor Bernard Stark: firstname.lastname@example.org
PhD in Wide-Bandgap-Enabled Power Electronics for Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles
Emergence of wide-bandgap power semiconductor devices, especially Silicon Carbide (SiC) & Gallium Nitride (GaN) power devices has opened pioneering avenues for application of power electronics in power systems & electric vehicles. These devices increase the energy conversion efficiency which in turn reduce the power losses & unwanted heat & so contribute to greener energy.
Due to the large band-gap & high critical electric field, these new devices are able to operate under significantly higher electro-thermal stress. This can then be used in the next generation of modular multi-level (MMC) voltage-sourced converters (VSC) in high voltage direct current (HVDC) stations. As a result, the converter will be simplified which in turn enables simpler control, higher energy conversion efficiency & easier fault detection.
A core focus of this research will be to understand the opportunities & challenges in the application of devices in high voltage grid-level & electric vehicle applications. Developing converters will enable comparison between the devices from a performance & reliability perspective. This PhD offers great opportunities to trial new methods in real-life situations, with opportunity to collaborate closely with industrial partners EA Technology, General Electric & Dynex Semiconductor.
The PhD candidate will be supported by two supervisors with different expertise & will be expected to carry out theoretical analysis & experimentation.
Technical support from EA Technology, General Electric and Dynex Semiconductor.
Funding for this research position is subject to competition for a University of Bristol Postgraduate Research Scholarship scheme only. More information can be found here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/fees-funding/awards/pg-research-scholarship/
Ideal Candidate requirements would be in Electrical or Electronic Engineering or a related discipline, with knowledge of Power Electronics or Electronic Devices. Further information can be found on the PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering Admissions Statement.
For questions about eligibility and the application process please contact Postgraduate Research Admissions email@example.com
PhD in Holistic Design Optimisation of Power Electronic Converters
What does it take to design a high performance, ultra-compact power electronic systems needed by the growing electric vehicle sector? Or maximise the efficiency of renewable micro-grid converters while minimising their cost?
How can we utilise the full potential of state-of-the-art wide bandgap (WBG) devices that are currently revolutionising the power electronics industry? In order to do this, engineers need a holistic design tool that optimises every element of a power electronics system. Smart automated software is needed to ensure that the systems needed work together to produce the optimal design.
This PhD will focus on developing the software tools needed to holistically optimise power electronic converters. It will involve modelling all the core electrical, thermal and mechanical components in a power converter; developing system models and optimisation routines; and designing, building and benchmarking power electronic hardware and software. The tools that will be developed will utilise the latest power electronic topologies and components to produce state-of-the-art power electronic converters.
Contact: Dr Ian Laird: Ian.firstname.lastname@example.org
PhD in High Performance Electrical Insulation Coatings for Next Generation Additively Manufactured Electrical Machines
Are you a material science or chemistry graduate looking to apply your background to next generation electrical technologies in pursuit of Carbon Net Zero? We are seeking a motivated PhD candidate to join The Electrical Machine Works, University of Bristol, to develop high-performance electrical insulation coatings and coating processes for metal 3D printed windings. The successful candidate will work in a multi-institution, multi-disciplinary team across material science, process development, design for additive manufacture and experimental testing with opportunity for industrial collaboration and commercialisation.
Contact: Dr Nick Simpson: email@example.com
PhD in Climate Change Adaptation in Power Grids and Interdependent Infrastructure Systems
This project is aimed at investigating and developing new methodologies for climate change adaptation in power systems considering interdependent transportation and urban infrastructure systems.
For full details of this funded opportunity see the 'Electrical and Electronic Engineering' section of this page: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/postgraduate/funding/
PhD in SiC and GaN Power Electronics
Innovative semi-conductor materials, GaN and SiC, offer significant design and performance-based benefits over silicon and are a real competitive advantage.
Would you like to address the challenges of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by enhancing energy efficiency in vehicles, or by making equipment more compact and lightweight? Are you interested in renewable energy and the technology that turns a variable supply of electricity into the reliable flow of power that users require? A step-change in technology from silicon to GaN and SiC is looming, where the core of power management equipment is going to drastically shrink and become more efficient. International companies need experts in this emerging field of PE engineering.
This PhD will work with the world’s fastest and most efficient power electronics, GaN and SiC transistors. It will also involve a novel active gatedriving technology and a unique GHz current sensing technology developed in the EEMG, a multi-disciplinary team of PhD students, researchers and academics who developed some of the world’s fastest GaN circuits, gate drivers, and lowest-power electronic sensors. Together we develop new applications and techniques to help companies adopt these emerging PE technologies
Contact: Professor Bernard Stark: firstname.lastname@example.org
What the EEMG can offer you
- Enhanced tax-free stipends
- Membership of the top international research networks in the field
- Research expenses and funding for international conference attendance
- Access to the very best equipment and facilities
- Industry sponsorship and placements
- Training in state-of-art technologies
- Professional development with our Bristol Doctoral College
The EEMG are seeking enthusiastic and highly motivated students who have obtained the relevant grades. Applicants will be selected via application form and interviewed.
To apply, please submit a PhD application using the online application: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/.
Prior to submitting your application please contact the academic listed to discuss your research proposal.
PhD Scholarships and funding (UK and EU applicants)
PhD Scholarships are open to UK students and EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for three years prior to the first date of the PhD commencing. Completed applications are assessed once submitted. Please see the Admissions statements for the programme for details of required documentation.
Applications from Year-3 students on a four-year programme are welcome with a view to progress on to our programme after completion of their course. Applicants should be on track to obtaining a 1st class degree in Engineering Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Physics, Materials, Engineering Mathematics, or similar.
For more information on postgradudate fees and funding visit: www.bristol.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/.
An upper second-class degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject. See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level: Profile E. Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the Programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and the supporting documents required.
For further information see the study for a PhD in Electrial Engineering page.
China Scholarship Council – University of Bristol joint-funded PhD Scholarship
The China Scholarship Council (CSC)/ University of Bristol joint-funded scholarships programme offers 60 fully funded PhD scholarships for up to 48 months of research at the University of Bristol.
For further information and details of how to apply, see this page: China Scholarship Council – University of Bristol joint-funded PhD Scholarship
Academic enquiries by research area: email@example.com or contact individual EEMG Academics directly https://www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/research/em/people/academic-team/