PhD studentship (CDT): Manipulation of sound using metamaterials and metasurfaces

Exeter, Devon (GB)
11 Jun 2019
30 Jul 2019
Fixed Term
Full Time

PhD studentship (CDT): Manipulation of sound using metamaterials and metasurfaces

The studentship is part of the UK’s Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2) based in the Departments of Physics and Engineering on the Streatham Campus in Exeter.  Our aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.

The 4-year studentship is funded 50:50 by an industrial sponsor and the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter. It is of value around £105,000, which includes £13,000 towards the research project (travel, consumables, equipment etc.), tuition fees, and an annual, tax-free stipend of approximately £16,500 per year for UK/EU students.

Eligible candidates: UK/EU nationals only due to industry sponsor requirements.

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Project Summary
This project will focus on a number of exciting topics, including Acoustic Beaming, Acoustics and Flow, Acoustic Artificial Boundary Conditions, and Membrane Metamaterials. For example, we will explore the effect of metasurfaces and membranes to reduce or delay the onset of turbulent, noise generating fluid flow, while also using structured surfaces to filter or absorb the transmission of sound through waveguides and ducts.  And the work associated with artificial boundary conditions will exploit resonant structures and porous materials. We will also explore the effect of non-locality (spatial dispersion), loss, partially transmissive boundaries, layered structures and surfaces with flow along them, as well as acoustic sources that are more complex that simple dipoles.  

For information about how to apply, and the application criteria, please see the project description on our website,

Please email if you have any enquiries about the application process or would like to discuss the project informally with the admissions tutor or supervisors.