PhD Studentship, Engineering and Applied Science

Birmingham, United Kingdom
04 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

PhD Studentship (3 years): Analysis of transition process from internal combustion engines to fully electric vehicles for minimised CO2 and pollutant emissions

Engineering and Applied Science - Studentships

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Thursday 28 February 2019 

Applications are invited for a three-year Postgraduate studentship, supported by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be undertaken within the Sustainable Environment Research Group at Aston University. The successful applicant will join an established experimental group working on green transport and alternative fuels.

The position is available to start in April 2019 (subject to negotiation)

Financial Support

This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance of £14,777 in 2018/19. 

Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, currently this is £12,290 in 2018/19.  As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or, secured this additional funding.

Background of the Project

This work analyses the transition from vehicles powered by internal combustion engines to fully electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK market with the main aim to investigate real reductions of air pollution and carbon emissions from on-road vehicle testing. The analysis will utilize the existing infrastructure for EV research at the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) of Aston University, which includes an EV, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging station and a vehicle monitoring software. The development of a real test cycle representative of a major UK city urban area and the computation of parameters such as battery state of charge, electric energy consumption, and other vehicle and battery variables will allow for the determination of saving of carbon dioxide (CO2) and oxides of nitrogen (NOX), and other pollutant and global warming components from comparison with an equivalent conventional vehicle and consideration of local electric power generation characteristics.

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electric & Electronic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or a closely related area. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of energy balance, numerical modelling and simulation.

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the Sustainable Environment Research Group, contact Dr Ricardo Sodré by email

We would particularly like to encourage application from women seeking to progress their academic careers. Aston University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recently recognised by a prestigious Silver Award to EAS, and we pride ourselves on our vibrant, friendly and supportive environment and family atmosphere.

If you require further information about the application process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at

The online application form, reference forms and details of entry requirements, including English language are available here

Applications must also be accompanied by a research proposal giving an overview of the main themes of the research, and explaining how your knowledge and experience will benefit the project.

Details of how to write your project proposal are also included in the How to Apply section.