University of Exeter funding: Energy transducers for rail track p

Energy transducers for rail track power harvesting - PhD-funded Studentship Ref: 3806

About the award

Supervisors

Lead Supervisor

Professor Meiling Zhu, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter.

About the award

The studentship, funded by the University of Exeter, is available to Home, EU and overseas students for 3.5 years. The studentship is fully funded for Home/EU/international students with the UKRI equivalent stipend of at least £15,009 p.a (tax free) and University fees for the full Home/EU rate or for the full international rate.The student will be based in Harrison Building in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the Streatham Campus in Exeter.

Location: Harrison Building in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the Streatham Campus in Exeter.

About the project

The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to research on energy transducer for rail track power harvesting. The project aim to develop bespoke and deployable energy transducers for rail track energy harvesting.

As PhD candidate you will have the unique opportunity to develop piezoelectric and electromagnetic energy transducers that will be used for large geographical rail track monitoring. The aim is no need for mains power or batteries for energy supply of the monitoring system.

The project will involve design, modelling, implementation, and experimental lab and industrial field activities to validate the new designs.  You will have an exciting opportunity to work with the University of Exeter’s world-leading energy harvesting research team and collaborate with Network Rail in the UK.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2.1 degree in an Engineering and Physics or a related subject with a mechanics and/or physics background.

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.0 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

If you are interested in applying for this studentship, please email Prof. Meiling Zhu (m.zhu@exeter.ac.uk), with an expression of interest, including a summary CV and a paragraph why you are interested in this project and why your academic background makes you a good candidate.

Please note that any applicants will need to apply separately for formal applications. In the application process, you will be asked to upload several documents. 

  • CV
  • Cover letter of application (why you are interested in this project and why your academic background makes you a good candidate).
  • 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.

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

The closing date for applications is midnight on 18 January 2020. Interviews will be held on the University of Exeter Streatham Campus (dates are to be confirmed).

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email stemm-pgr-admissions@exeter.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)1392 722730 or +44 (0)1392 725150.  Project-specific queries should be directed to Professor Meiling Zhu M.Zhu@exeter.ac.uk.

Summary

Application deadline:18th January 2020
Value:£15,009
Duration of award:per year
Contact: STEMM PGR Admissions stemm-pgr-admissions@exeter.ac.uk