University of Exeter funding: EPSRC Funded Engineering EngD

Developing the Next Generation of Smart Electric Fire Stoves. EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing funded EngD Ref: 3618

About the award

Supervisors

Primary Supervisor: Dr Yang Liu, Department of Engineering, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter

Secondary Supervisor: Prof. Christopher Smith, Department of Engineering, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter

Supporting Company: Hunter Stoves Ltd

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

Project description:

The University of Exeter and Hunter Stoves Ltd are seeking a top class electronic engineer to undertake Doctorate research into the next generation of electric stoves. 

Hunter Stoves is a leading UK manufacturer of domestic heating products and is currently working on a new range of clean and sustainable electric stoves. Our current collaboration is making fast progress towards revolutionary changes in gas and particulate emissions from domestic heating and, building on the recent changes in UK regulations regarding gas heating, this project aims to develop better electric heating products which will take advantage of the increasing supply of renewably sourced electricity.

Electric stoves are easy to run at the flick of a switch giving the customer instant heat with no mess. This doctoral project aims to develop an enhanced electric stove that is consistent with Hunter Stoves’ excellent reputation and design in wood-burning stoves. The products will integrate into whatever Home Network or Internet of Things architecture is appropriate at the time of launch, and be developed to have an excellent visual, auditory and olfactory experience for customers.

The successful candidate will ideally have some good experience in electronic design and construction for products, and may be already working in industry or in academia.  You will join an agile, forward-thinking industrial team, which aims to lead in the low carbon and no carbon domestic heating market.  The academic team is at the cutting edge of research in this area and you will work closely with both teams. 

At the end of the project you will gain an International Engineering Doctorate, awarded jointly by the Universities of Exeter, Warwick and Cranfield.  The programme gives you unrivalled access to some of the best teaching and industrial expertise in the world, across three universities.  While you will be based at Exeter and Hunter Stoves Ltd, you will also spend time at Warwick and Cranfield Universities to give you the broadest possible experience. You will emerge from the four-year programme with high level skills uniquely suited to industry.

Hunter Stoves Ltd produces a range of high end wood-burning and other stoves for the consumer market. With 30 years’ experience in manufacturing they are turning their focus to develop smart electric fires for their next generation of stoves. Working alongside an experienced R&D team at Hunter Stoves Ltd, you will lead the work on i) mechanical and electrical designs of the LED array and rotational spindle of cut outs, ii) investigating fire displacement by LCD and its 3D effect enhancement by reflection structure, iii) wireless interface and APP development to communicate with a smart home system, and iv) developing functions of burning wood sound and smell.

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 £20,509 per year tax-free stipend.

Further details about this International Doctorate Programme can be found on our CDT website.

Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor Dr Yang Liu: Y.Liu2@exeter.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

Application Criteria
You should have or expect to achieve at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in Engineering or Electrical Engineering. 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.

Required Attributes
• High levels of innovative thought and lateral thinking
• Excellent analytical and reporting skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Strong computer skills and the ability to learn new software quickly
• Self-motivated, capable of working with minimal guidance and supervision, and within a team.
• Enthusiasm for the subject

How to apply

To apply for this opportunity, click 'Apply Now'. During the application process you will be asked to submit some personal details and upload a full CV, covering letter and details of two academic referees. Your covering letter should outline your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake this project.

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

The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 23rd September 2019. Interviews will be held at Streatham Campus w/c 7th October 2019.

Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor Dr Yang Liu: Y.Liu2@exeter.ac.uk.

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

Please quote reference 3618 on your application and in any correspondence about this studentship.

Summary

Application deadline:23rd September 2019
Value:4-year studentship for UK/EU students to include tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance of £20,509 per year
Duration of award:per year
Contact: PGR Enquiries pgrenquiries@exeter.ac.uk