PhD Studentship – Engineering and Technology

PhD Studentship in Acoustic and Thermal Performance of Lightweight Steel Members In Building Structures

Studentship information
Qualification type PhD
Location Derby, UK
Funding amount £15,000 stipend pa + UK home tuition fees
Hours Full Time
Closes 14 February 2020
Interview 4 March 2020
Start date March

The College of Engineering and Technology has an opportunity for a University Funded Full-Time Post Graduate Research Studentship in Acoustic and thermal performance of lightweight steel members in building structures.

The successful applicant will receive a stipend of £15,000 per annum for 3 years. The post also covers Home/EU PhD tuition fees for three years. Please note, if your application is successful and you are assessed as Overseas for fees purposes, you will need to pay the difference between the Home/EU fees and the Overseas fees.

The intended start date is March, or the next available intake.

The successful applicant will be expected to complete their PhD within 3 years on MPhil/PhD, contribute to future College REF submissions and get involved in the wider research activities of the College and University.

Applicants will become part of a friendly and welcoming team and will be supported and managed by their supervisory team.

The vacancy details are as follows:

Lightweight Steel studentship role description

Lightweight Steel Studentship person specification

This PhD research project has an overall aim of developing a numerical modelling framework for optimising the acoustic and thermal performance of lightweight steel members in wall and floor systems in building structures. The researcher will integrate the fundamental scientific understanding of structural shapes with acoustic and thermal performance in lightweight steel members, integrate physical testing and numerical modelling with optimisation techniques, thus develop a numerical modelling framework suitable for optimising the acoustic and thermal performance of lightweight steel members in wall and floor systems in building structures. The project is linked to an industrial manufacturer of lightweight steel structures who will actively participate in and support the research.

The research project will be conducted within a research team at College of Engineering and Technology, The University of Derby comprising academics, post-doctoral researchers, and technical staff. You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities at the University which has a strong multidisciplinary approach to research and innovation in the fields of materials, manufacturing, data science, mathematics and built environment.

The candidate should have received a good UK BSc Honours Degree or equivalent, a higher degree MSc/MEng or appropriate postgraduate research experience in a relevant area of Engineering, Applied Physics, Applied Mathematics, Materials, Engineering or any other Applied Sciences. The candidate is also expected to have experience and knowledge in one or more of the following areas: materials/structures/physical testing, Finite Element analysis and Computational Fluids Dynamics (CFD). Experience in mathematical models/simulations of building acoustics and thermal conductivity is particularly advantageous.

The supervisory team of the studentships includes Associate Professor Van Bac Nguyen, Professor Zhiyin Yang and Dr Bo Tian in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Built Environment, the College of Engineering and Technology.

To apply

For general information on how to apply and required documentation, please view our How to Apply webpage

Completed applications should be submitting via our Online Application system quoting funding reference E&T_LightweightSteel_PGRS_0220

For other enquires which are subject–specific please contact: Dr Van Bac Nguyen

Closing dates for applications: 14 February 2020

Interviews: 4 March 2020

If you have not been invited for interview by the interview date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.