Engineering Doctorate Studentships

Led by The University of Nottingham involving collaboration with the University of Birmingham and Loughborough University.

This EngD Centre will produce research leaders to tackle the major national and international challenges over the next 15 years in implementing new power plant to generate electricity more efficiently using fossil energy with near zero emissions, involving the successful demonstration of CO2 capture, and reducing CO2 emissions generally from coal utilisation, including iron making.

A number of Engineering Doctorate postgraduate studentships starting October 2012 are available. The EngD training provides:

  • An in-depth four year training programme
  • A non-taxed stipend of up to £20,000; much higher than a conventional PhD
  • Approximately three years’ extensive research time in industry
  • International travel for conferences and attending summer schools held in China and India
  • Preparation for high-level careers in the energy sector

Industrial Involvement

Research Engineers will spend time working closely with a number of industrial sponsors, they will pursue a research project based at one of the organisations:

  • Air Products
  • Alstom Power
  • Biomass and Fossil Fuel Research Alliance
  • CPL
  • Doosan Power Systems
  • E.ON
  • Johnson Matthey
  • RWE nPower
  • Scottish and Southern Energy
  • Tata Steel

Projects will match both the interests of the research engineer and the company.

Students should be of high academic calibre and merit and must satisfy the UK residency requirement. They will also need either a first class or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject such as: Chemical, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science and Metallurgy.

Projects currently available:-

Co-fired biomass and coal combustion – Two positions available

Project Aim: Co-combustion of biomass with coal is being widely implemented in the UK as a means to reduce CO2 emissions. Biomass generally contains significant concentrations of alkali and alkaline metals which are effective catalysts for coal char during combustion. This project will combine laboratory studies and tests on a 1 MW facility. The research also involves working with a number of major companies in the power generation sector.

This role would be relevant for those with a chemical engineering or chemistry background.

To apply, send a CV with a covering letter to Professor Colin Snape, Director of EngD Centre in Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies, Email: For more information about the EngD Centre and its research see: Please quote ref. ENG/613.

To apply for this position, please click on the Apply button below.

 These studentships will remain open until filled.

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