Fully-funded EPSRC PhD Studentship: Instrumentation for All-Opto-Electronic Fibre-Laser Imaging of Turbine Exhaust Species
Project to Start: September 2012
Duration: 3½ years
Deadline for applications: 30th May 2012
Supervisor: Prof. Hugh McCann
This is a unique opportunity to work in a world-leading research group on a project that will help to reduce carbon output from aero engines. You will be part of a consortium of internationally leading-edge engineering partners that includes four universities and five companies. Prof. Hugh McCann leads the work in the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester. The School was rated 2nd in the UK for research quality in RAE2008.
EPSRC, the universities and the companies are funding the 4-year FLITES project which has a total value of £2.7Million. You will work in a multi-disciplinary team to adapt Manchester’s innovative optical infrared Absorption Tomography technology to yield high-speed images of the distribution of combustion product species in the exhaust plume of a running aero engine. This patented All-Opto-Electronic technology uses pioneering fibre-laser technology, state-of-the-art spectroscopic techniques, and spectroscopy data being developed at the Universities of Southampton, Strathclyde and Stanford, respectively. You will liaise closely with all of these partners and with a full-time post-doctoral researcher in the Manchester team, to develop innovative optical systems, and/or multi-channel electronics, and/or advanced image reconstruction algorithms.
You will receive a tax-free maintenance stipend of £13,590 per annum for 3½ years and the studentship covers all fees. Candidates must satisfy the EPSRC criteria for eligibility as a UK/HEU student. The project will begin in September 2012. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree. You will be a graduate in one of: electrical/electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, physical chemistry, or computer science.
If you are seeking a real-world challenge for your PhD topic, then apply to Prof. Hugh McCann by e-mail. Your application should include a CV, a detailed record of your academic achievements, and the names and contact details of two referees. The closing date for applications is 30th May 2012.