PhD Opportunities

Nuclear Energy Futures Centre for Doctoral Training

Projects currently available at the University of Bristol:

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

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University of Plymouth: Human-Robot Teaming for Long-Term Operations and Maintenance (O&M) of Offshore Renewable Energy Device

  • School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
  • 3.5 years support with stipend of £15,285 p.a.
  • Deadline: 12 noon,  Friday 1st May

The main aim of this project is to develop models and methods for the coordination and cooperation of a fleet of Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (USVs) for long-term Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of offshore wind farms.

The project will offer the opportunity to engage with the main experts and stakeholders of this field and to get access to the most advanced research facilities of the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Laboratories of the University of Plymouth, among which COAST laboratory and the new research facility of the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics. This facility will enable testing the control of large-scale drones, underwater and vessel vehicles. Moreover, this project will offer the chance to work in some of the most advanced testing areas in ORE like the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine of ORE Catapult, the Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC) and the UK Maritime autonomy centre via collaboration with Thales.

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact

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University of Bristol: Assessment of the behaviour of metallic uranium during encapsulated product evolution

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  • Research Group: Interface Analysis Centre, School of Physics
  • Fully funded PhD Studentship and a research training grant
  • Deadline: 5pm,  Sunday 31st May

This project will investigate the fundamental mechanisms by which uranium metal will corrode when encapsulated in sludges of different types examining the mechanisms and extent for hydrogen gas hold-up in the sludge, produced by metallic corrosion. A further objective of the PhD will be the establishment of a series of long-term corrosion experiments that investigate different sludge and water chemistries and simulate both existing wet conditions and then material drying conditions expected for retrieval to 3M3 storage boxes.

This project is funded by the UK Government and Sellafield. If you are interested to apply for the position, please get in touch with Tom Scott  ( or Keith Hallam ( A formal application needs to be submitted through the University of Bristol online application:

Please choose “Physics PhD” as course, and mention “‘Sellafield Sludge” as corresponding studentship advert and “Tom Scott” as contact person.

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University of Bristol: PhD in Microscintillator radioactivity detector

  • Research Group: Aerospace Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • £15,009 per annum subject to confirmation
  • Applications accepted all year round

This project offers an exciting opportunity to work at the interface between physics and engineering, and gain experience in industry.

The goal of this project is to carry out technical development of the instrument, such as discrimination of different particle types through simple pulse shape identification, and optimization of the detector and measurement system. The student will also use both physics and engineering software to model the device’s response and better understand and characterize its measurements in the atmosphere or in space.

Most of the project will be based at Bristol University, but some time (by arrangement) will also be spent working at Biral’s research and manufacturing facility at Portishead near Bristol.


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 with the following information in PDF format, ensuring the total file size of attachments is below 400kB:
  • A cover letter with your research interests. Please keep to 1 page.
  • A full Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Details of your source of funding/scholarship sponsor.
We 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.