EngD in Novel Heat Resistant Paints for Stoves and Relevant Applications Ref: 3040

About the award

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing

This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £18,553 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee and no stipend.

Location: Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, EX4 4QJ

Primary Supervisor: Dr. Yongde Xia

Secondary Supervisors: Prof. Shaowei Zhang (University of Exeter), Prof. Barbara Shollock (University of Warwick)

Heat Resistant Paints are used extensively in many industrial areas, including domestic solid fuel stoves, e.g. wood burners. Currently available Heat Resistant Paints often require environmentally unfriendly materials which may become redundant due to future legislation, poor substrate bonding, poor volume and colour stability in-service, and relatively high cost. The project aims to address these problems via a new type of Heat Resistant Paint able to provide regulation compliance, excellent colour retention and film integrity.

The University of Exeter and Hunter Stoves Ltd are seeking a top class candidate to undertake research leading to the award of an Engineering Doctorate degree jointly by the Universities of Exeter, Warwick and Cranfield.

As a ‘Research Engineer’ in this programme you will be supervised by world leading academic experts and industrial researchers in your project. You will work flexibly between Hunter Stoves Ltd and your laboratory in the University of Exeter, but will also spend time at Warwick and Cranfield Universities for bespoke training. You will emerge from the four-year programme with high level skills uniquely suited to the coatings industry.

Hunter Stoves Ltd produces a range of high end wood-burning stoves for the consumer market. They have 30 years’ experience in manufacturing and wish to develop new Heat Resistant Paints for the next generation of stoves. Working alongside an experienced R&D team at Hunter Stoves Ltd, you will lead the work on

i) analysis and characterisation of conventional paint materials,

ii) identifying important parameters affecting performance,

iii) optimising processing, and iv) developing cost-effective, environmentally-friendly new paints.


Experience in materials characterisation would be helpful but not essential, since you will undertake an appropriate training programme in the first year of your study.


Application Criteria: 

You should have or expect to achieve at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in Engineering, Materials or Chemistry. Experience in materials processing and characterisations is desirable.

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the English language requirements and provide proof of proficiency. Click here for more information and a list of acceptable alternative tests.

How to apply

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents. 

• CV

• Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project).

• Names of two referees familiar with your academic work. You are not required to obtain references yourself. We will request references directly from your referees if you are shortlisted.

• If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English

You may also be asked to upload verified transcripts of your most academic qualification.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday 28 March 2018.  Interviews will be held at Streatham Campus in April 2018


If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email pgrenquiries@exeter.ac.uk

Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor Dr Yongde Xia: Y.Xia@exeter.ac.uk

Please quote reference 3040 on your application and in any correspondence about this studentship.


Application deadline:28th March 2018
Value:4-year studentship for UK/EU students to include tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance of £18,553 per year
Duration of award:per year
Contact: STEM Postgraduate Research Office emps-pgr-ad@exeter.ac.uk