PhD Opportunities

Nuclear Energy Futures Centre for Doctoral Training

Apply by 24th July. Projects currently available at the University of Bristol:

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

CDT website

University of Bristol: the Physics and Mechanics of Creep Cavity Nucleation and Sintering in Energy Materials

  • Research Group: Interface Analysis Centre, School of Physics
  • Stipend of up to £15,009 p.a. plus £1000 p.a. training support

The overall research initiative will consider the physics and mechanics of creep cavity nucleation and sintering that occurs in polycrystalline materials. The materials selected will have different compositions and microstructures. There are three universities participating in the overall programme - Open, Oxford and Bristol. The research described here will be carried out through a PhD studentship funded by the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI), Palo Alto, USA at the University of Bristol.

The researcher will be based within the Interface Analysis Centre, School of Physics, University of Bristol. S/he will also work closely with the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford (Professor Alan Cocks). In addition, there will be close collaboration with EPRI. EPRI will provide a series of laboratory- and service-exposed creep specimens on tempered martensitic steels of known pedigree.

For informal enquiries about the project contact Professor Peter Flewitt or Dr Tomas Martin. For enquiries about the application process contact

Full information

University of Bristol: Materials for Zero Carbon Energy Systems

  • Research Group: Solid Mechanics, Faculty of Engineering
  • Enhanced stipend of up to £17,000 p.a.
  • Applications accepted all year round

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.

To apply for this studentship, submit a PhD application using the University of Bristol online application system.
Please ensure that in the Funding section you tick “I would like to be considered for a funding award from the Mechanical Engineering Department” and specify the title of the scholarship in the “other” box below with the name of the supervisor Prof Chris Truman.


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.