EPSRC PhD Studentship in Optoelectronic Sensing for Combustion Diagnostics

Anticipated start date for project: April 2014; July 2014 or September 2014 entry

Closing date for applications: March 31st 2014

Information about the project (about 250 words):

An opportunity exists within our Sensing, Imaging and Signal Processing (SISP) research group for an outstanding candidate to undertake research in the area of optoelectronic sensing.

Laser absorption spectroscopy is a well established technique in gas sensing and combustion diagnostics, enabling measurements of specific chemical species. SISP academics have developed tomographic variants of this technique for applications such as in-cylinder fuel mapping in vehicle engines. The proposed research will investigate alternative implementations, addressing other chemical species, of relevance to the combustion community. The work will be predominantly experimental, although some modelling will be required, and will involve the design of electronic measurement systems for optical absorption and scattering. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to contribute to the work of the FLITES consortium (http://flites.eu/) on aircraft engine emissions measurements. Some time spent working at the sites of industrial or academic partners may be necessary.

Qualifications applicants should have/expected to receive:

Candidates with experience of optics, lasers, analogue and/or digital electronics, tomography, inverse problems, infrared spectroscopy or combustion are particularly welcome, although the exact research topic can be tailored to suit the candidate’s interests.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) the equivalent of a UK first or upper second class honours degree in Electronic Engineering or a relevant Physical Science. An EPSRC studentship will be available for eligible students (see http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/Pages/eligibility.aspx). The full studentship is only available to students from the UK or EU who have been normally resident in the UK for at least 3 years.

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Contact for further information:

For further information contact Dr Paul Wright: paul.wright@manchester.ac.uk

How to apply:

If you wish to apply, please email a covering letter, full Curriculum Vitae and the names and contact details of at least two academic referees to Ms Marie B Davies: m.b.davies@manchester.ac.uk

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