Value of award
Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17). A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.
Number of awards
Start date and duration
September 2017 for 4 years.
Application closing date
Prompt application is advised as this position is only available until a suitable candidate is found.
The studentship is being undertaken by the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials and Sellafield Ltd through EPSRC Industrial CASE award scheme.
The Waste Vitrification Plant operated by Sellafield Ltd is used to convert highly active concentrate liquor arising as a waste product of reprocessing operations into High Level Waste glass for safe interim storage. This is an opportunity to work with the UK civil nuclear industry on nuclear waste related challenges with both Sellafield and the UK National Nuclear Laboratories (NNL). The intention is to innovate and develop non-linear multivariate data analysis and data-driven modelling methods in novel ways to real industrial processes. Computational intelligence based modelling methods and big data analytics, such as bootstrap aggregated neural networks and deep learning techniques, will be investigated. Techniques for enhancing model robustness and reliability will be developed. Hybrid modelling combining mechanistic modelling and data driven modelling will be investigated. As the experiments conducted by NNL is of considerable cost, it is desirable that reliable models could be developed from small set of experimental data.
Name of supervisor(s)
Dr Jie Zhang, School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
You should have an upper-second-class Honours degree or higher or international equivalent, in Chemical Engineering, or a related subject.
The award is available to UK/EU applicants. In the case of outstanding international candidates it may be possible that the University will make an award to cover the difference in tuition fees. If English is not your first language, you should have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
You must also have the potential for performing original research.
How to apply
If you are interested in the above project and meet the criteria you should send a C.V, covering letter plus two references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The successful applicant will then be asked to apply for University admission using the University’s online postgraduate application form Unsuccessful applications will not receive an acknowledgement.
- Insert the program code 8030F in the program of study section
- Select ‘PhD School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials - Chemical Engineering' as the programme of study
- Insert the studentship code CE057 in the studentship/partnership reference
- Attach a covering letter and C.V. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code CE057 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
- Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.
Dr Jie Zhang
School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
Telephone +44 (0)191 208 7240