PhD Opportunities

PhD: Materials for Zero Carbon Energy Systems

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  • University of Bristol Faculty of Engineering, Solid Mechanics Research Group
  • Funding: Enhanced stipend, up to £17,000 per year
  • Deadline: 1st December 2020

A PhD opportunity is available, involving developing new materials for nuclear energy systems and improving understanding and performance of existing materials. There is sufficient flexibility within the
UoB research programme to carry out both modelling and experimental work. There is also opportunity for you to design, plan and then deliver experiments at central X-ray and neutron facilities in the UK and internationally. Your research work may result in significant industrial benefit – helping towards the UK’s zero carbon aims.

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PhD: Probabilistic Approaches to Engineering Critical Assessment

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  • University of Bristol Faculty of Engineering, Solid Mechanics Research Group
  • Funding: Minimum £18,000 p.a. subject to confirmation and meeting eligibility criteria
  • Start date: March 2021

Engineering analysis methods that can predict and prevent the failure of safety-critical structures are fundamentally important to the energy industry.  Recently, new structural integrity assessment methods based on Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics (PFM) have emerged in the nuclear energy industry.

This project will focus on developing PFM-based methods so that they can be confidently used to assess a wider range of energy structures: particularly those where less restrictive risk profiles are acceptable. You will investigate the limits of probabilistic structural integrity assessment and the interplay between assessment and measurement methods including Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Testing (UNDT) and residual stress measurement. You will work at the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) in Cambridgeshire and the University of Bristol. The new probabilistic understanding of structural failure that you will develop will inform the UK standard BS 7910 and specialised nuclear-specific structural assessment codes, providing a safer and more rational underpinning for the next generation of energy infrastructure.

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PhD: Advancing dispersion modelling of radioactivity releases resulting from increasingly frequent Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (ChEZ) wildfire events

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  • University of Bristol, Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science
  • Funding: studentship covering tuition fees, research and training support grant, plus a living expenses stipend paid at the standard UKRI rate.
  • Deadline: 24th January 2021

During a wildfire within a radioactive environment, aerosols with a wide range of characteristics are derived. This multi-disciplinary studentship will work with both UK and Ukrainian partners to experimentally derive release dynamics and parameters for the various ‘fuel’ sources within the Chernobyl ‘Red Forest’ to enhance the current modelling and plume dispersion capability.

Lead Supervisor Dr Peter Martin would be pleased to discuss this research project further with interested candidates.

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Nuclear Energy Futures Centre for Doctoral Training

Applications for October 2021 entry are now open.

Projects with the University of Bristol:

For a full list of available projects from this Centre for Doctoral Training please see:

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PhD in Robotics

If you wish to study for a PhD or MSc by conducting research in Robotics, please send an email directly to the Research Lead of your area of interest. BRL will then identify an Academic Supervisor who may be interested in your proposal and who will guide you through the application process.

PhD vacancies with GAU-Radioanalytical

All PhD projects linked to this research group at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton can be found via the link below.

TRANSCEND (Transformative Science and Engineering for Nuclear Decommissioning)

A collaborative research consortium of 11 universities and 8 industry partners. The £9.4million research programme comprises 40 projects which will address some of the key challenges within the areas of nuclear decommissioning and waste management.

All PhD projects linked to this research programme can be found via the link below.