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Lancaster University

Funded PhD in Engineering - Stopford Energy & Environment
£16,000
Location Lancaster University
Starts Oct 2020
Deadline ASAP

Join our Funded PhD in Engineering

Join our multi award-winning team of like-minded researchers, academics and business professionals to undertake world leading research supporting the development of business products and services which meet the needs of our changing world. 

Location: Lancaster University

What you will be doing

Stopford Energy & Environment Ltd is an international energy and environment consultancy providing innovative multi-disciplinary solutions to a global market. It is developing a modular microwave induced plasma gasification technology (MIP) to enable the highly efficient conversion of biomass and wastes into energy. By combining our MIP gasification technology with a high temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), this project seeks to develop a process that is unique in both scale and efficiency, enabling sustainable waste management and low-carbon distributed energy generation in situ.

This research will focus on technical development, process modelling and optimisation of the MIP gasification plant to enable integration with an SOFC. 

The successful candidate will have a willingness to integrate with an internationally-distributed group of researchers. They will have a general interest in the environment, human health, open science, and the science-policy interface.

This project will be supervised by Dr Amos Dexter, Senior Lecturer in Engineering and Professor Harry Hoster, Professor of Physical Chemistry with Stopford Energy & Environment Ltd.

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is subject to confirmation of funding. Ref LU-010.

Company benefits

• Get paid £1,455 per month tax-free until June 2023.

• Have your UK/EU tuition fees funded.

• Be supported by an academic and business team to ensure your research is a success.

• Be part of a cohort of talented graduates working on exciting business-led research.

• This research centre was declared ‘the outstanding knowledge exchange and commercialisation initiative in the UK’.

• Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK or overseas.

What you will have

  • You have: a 2:1 degree or above in Chemical Engineering, general Engineering or similar.
  • You have: excellent English language skills.
  • You have: an interest in applied research to develop solutions to business, societal and environmental challenges.
  • You have: strong organisational and interpersonal skills.

Learn more about Lancaster University

We are Eco-I North West

We are recruiting candidates for a cohort of funded PhDs starting October 2020. You’ll be paid whilst earning a PhD from a world-class university, working closely with a business sponsor who is invested in your research project. We are seeking high quality candidates to our PhD programme delivered at Lancaster University and the University of Liverpool.

You’ll be paid whilst earning a PhD from a world-class university, working closely with a business sponsor who is invested in your research project. We are seeking high quality candidates to our PhD programme delivered at Lancaster University and the University of Liverpool. All of our projects are funded by a business partner and the European Regional Development Fund. PhD candidates will receive a tax free stipend each month and have UK/EU tuition fees funded.

All of our research projects are applied to real business challenges and lead to the development of innovative and low carbon products and services. Eco-I North West is a £14m innovation fund supporting business innovation across low carbon sectors.

Eco-I NW and Centre for Global Eco-Innovation research is led by business and covers all academic disciplines such as environmental science, engineering, chemistry, physics, computing & communications, management science, psychology, health & medicine.

You will benefit from a supportive team of academic supervisors, business contacts and university colleagues. We all want your project to be a success and will work together to support you from start to finish. Together, we can make a real difference to the world of business and overcome environmental challenges we face across the world today.

What we do

We are led by business research needs and all of our projects have come from a UK North West business. These are then linked with academic expertise at the universities of Lancaster and Liverpool before openly recruiting for a Graduate Researcher to deliver the research project – this could be you!

We are open to all business ideas, as long as they are innovative, exciting and lead to a carbon saving and environmental benefit.

Don’t take our word for it, here are some testimonials from our previous cohort.

Eco-I NW and the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

Join our multi award-winning team of like-minded researchers, academics and business professionals to undertake world leading research supporting the development of business products and services which meet the needs of our changing world. We work alongside businesses to create low carbon solutions to industry challenges, contributing to the achievement of sustainability goals and carbon reduction across sectors.

Our research is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.