Funding and Finance PhD Studentship ‘Development of stove retrofits and an effective heat management strategy for a confectionary production site’

Reference Code: NIR05

Closing Date: 30th September 2013

Name of the supervisors
Professor A P Roskilly, Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability

Dr B Sturm, Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research (Swan)

Andrew Griffiths (Nestle, Fawdon)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Duration of the award
Three years

Project description
A PhD studentship is available to study the thermo and fluid dynamic behaviour of commercial stoves and to develop retrofits as well as an energy management system for the Nestle plant in Fawdon.

You will have the opportunity to work closely with engineers and food scientists from the industrial partner to investigate the stove performance, options of optimised designs and the integration of those improved devices into a new energy management concept for the site. These developed concepts will then be used as a blue print for other sites within the company.

During the project you will develop your knowledge and skills of energy auditing, production analysis, thermo and fluid dynamic measurement and analysis, product quality related to device performance etc., whilst working within a successful research team that will provide support and offer a warm environment during your research with a 1/3 of your time spent with the company.

Value of the award and eligibility
Due to the eligibility criteria, applications can only be received from UK/EU students that have resided in the UK for three years or more. A full award covers tuition fees at the UK rate and an annual stipend of £13,590.

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Person specification
Applicants should have an upper-second or first-class degree or equivalent in mechanical or process engineering or relevant subject. Good knowledge of thermodynamics and fluid dynamics are prerequisites, a good understanding of simulations and equipment design is desirable.

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

Applications must be made through the University’s online postgraduate application form, selecting ‘Doctor of Philosophy Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability’ as the programme of study. Once you have selected the programme, please insert the studentship/partnership reference number NIR05. Only mandatory fields need to be completed and a covering letter, CV and (if English is not your first language) a copy of your English language qualifications must be attached. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the reference number NIR05 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project.

You should also send your covering letter and CV to Dr B Sturm at

Further information
For further information, please contact:
Dr B Sturm

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