Disruptive Technologies for Acoustic Noise Reduction Ref: 3112

About the award


Professor Alastair Hibbins - http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/physics-astronomy/staff/aphibbin 
Professor Roy Sambles - http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/physics-astronomy/staff/JRSamble

TEAM-A: The tailored electromagnetic and acoustic materials accelerator, is an EPSRC Prosperity Partnership programme. TEAM-A builds upon the successful relationship that exists between the University of Exeter and QinetiQ, its aim is to develop advanced materials that can be used to control and manipulate the propagation of electromagnetic and acoustic energy, in a highly tailored, bespoke fashion, and develop innovative techniques for their cost-effective manufacture. We are inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The student will follow the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials programme.

For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £14,553 for 4 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. 


"This post will be based at QinetiQ’s headquarters in Farnborough.”

The primary objective of this studentship is to develop, fabricate and characterise novel materials, metasurfaces and metamaterials that can be used to reduce the amount of noise radiated by an object, in both airbourne and marine environments.

There has been a recent explosion in research on acoustic metamaterials and related concepts, including acoustic transformation (cloaking). Whilst the theoretical, and in many cases experimental, performance of these systems has been widely reported, many of these concepts either utilise idealised materials yet to be realised or suggest potential that far exceeds the realised performance. This project will identify a number of promising concepts (e.g. pentamode materials, locally resonant sonic materials, 'acoustic blackholes', negative modulus materials perforated arrays, phononic glasses and thermoacoustic materials), and undertake simulation and experimentation tasks. In order to explore a wide range of acoustic materials, including locally resonant sonic materials (LRSMs). The successful applicant will characterise the potential performance of emergent disruptive acoustic technologies through the use of realisable materials and manufacturing techniques, and the measurement expertise and facilities at QinetiQ and the University of Exeter.

Due to the nature of the work that QinetiQ is involved with, applicants will be expected to get security clearance. For this reason, we have limited our applications to UK nationals who have resided in the UK for at least the past 5 years. We apologise if this means you are no longer eligible to apply; however, it is a matter of national security and we are unable to make exceptions.

This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees, a tax-free stipend and a generous research training support grant (RTSG).  For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £14,777 per year tax-free  stipend - £2,750 RTSG per yer for for 4 years - Total value is around £90,000.
The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 4 years of full-time study to commence in September 2018 and is subject to confirmation of funding.

Entry requirements

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology. 

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.5 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project.  Alternative tests may be acceptable (see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/english/).

How to apply

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents.  Please note our preferred format is PDF, each file named with your surname and the name of the document, eg. “Smith – CV.pdf”, “Smith – Cover Letter.pdf”, “Smith – Transcript.pdf”. 

• CV
Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project).
• Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
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. The closing date for applications is midnight on 29th June 2018.  Interviews will be held on the University of Exeter Streatham Campus the week commencing 30th July 2018.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email emps-pgr-ad@exeter.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)1392 722730.  Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor Professor Alastair Hibbins by email: A.P.Hibbins@exeter.ac.uk or telephone: 01392 722100


Application deadline:29th June 2018
Number of awards:1
Value:£14,777 for 4 yrs
Duration of award:per year
Contact: EMPS PGR Team +44 (0) 1392 722730/5050 emps-pgr-ad@exeter.ac.uk