PhD Studentship in Mechanical Engineering

Birmingham, United Kingdom
30 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

PhD Studentship - Analysis of transition process from internal combustion engines to fully electric vehicles for minimised CO2 and pollutant emissions

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 October 2018 (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 in the UK market with the main aim to identify the process that minimises air pollution and carbon emissions. The analysis will take into consideration transition process limitations, such as the speed of creation of charging infrastructure and scale-up green power generation to support increased electricity demand, battery technology, and costs. For the analysis, a computer simulation model will be developed considering different scenarios of vehicle replacement over the next 20 years, based on the latest available data. From the results of the model, key recommendations should arise for what needs to be done to enable the realisation of the best case of transition scenario that minimises carbon dioxide (CO2) and pollutant emissions.

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, or a closely related area. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of electric vehicles, energy balance, carbon dioxide emissions, statistical analysis, and numerical modelling and simulation.

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the Sustainable Environment Research Group Research Group, contact Dr Philip Davies 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.

Further particulars and application forms are available in alternative formats on request i.e. large print, Braille, tape or CD Rom.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact HR via

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