PhD Studentships in the Centre for Engineering Research



Funding amount:

Annual tax-free bursary of approximately £15,285 plus tuition fees (£5430 for UK/EU or £13,650 for International applicants).

Applications are invited for up to 4, three-year full-time PhD Studentships available from February 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter, within the Centre for Engineering Research at the University of Hertfordshire. The Centre for Engineering Research is home to the following Research Groups: Microfluidics and Microengineering, Materials and Structures, Energy and Sustainable Design, Bioengineering and Communications and Intelligent Systems. Successful applicants will be based in the Energy and Sustainable Design Research Group.

Outline of the Project: 

The Centre welcomes the opportunity to support up to 4 PhDs in research addressing key challenges in the following areas:

Energy Conversion and Storage Systems


Turbulent combustion modelling

Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS)

Electrical Motors and Drive / Electromagnetics

Efficient cooling systems and heat transfer enhancement

Renewable energy and Low Carbon Technologies

Advanced heat pump system and heat exchanger optimisation

Successful PhD applicants are expected to work independently in a collaborative research environment and will be supervised by lead academics within the Energy and Sustainable Design Research Group, and in particular Dr Amin Paykani, Dr Hongwei Wu, Dr Liang Li and Dr Wenbin Zhang. Informal enquires can be made to Prof. Pandelis Kourtessis, Director of the Centre for Engineering Research, by emailing,

Description of the University of Hertfordshire :

The University of Hertfordshire (UH) is based in Hatfield only a short (30 minute) train journey away from central London.  According to the latest UK-wide Research Excellence Framework 2014 over 90% of the submitted research at the UH was judged to be of international quality. In 2019 UH was awarded TEF Golf for excellence in learning and teaching. UH hosts several world-leading research groups and centres among its fast-growing research community, organised to address the KPIs of six recognised Research Themes. UH has been awarded the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Badge and it is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter, demonstrating its commitment to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in higher education and research. UH is committed to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and holds the HR Excellence in Research award. The School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science is one of the largest in the UK. It hosts ten research groups and seven research centres incorporating around 180 research and academic staff and 200 researchers.

Applicant Requirements:

Applications are invited from individuals with a 1st or 2:1 in a relevant engineering or applied science discipline, a master’s degree or equivalent industrial experience would be desirable. We are seeking applicants with a good understanding of the underpinning research in one or more of the advertised research areas and strong analytical and programming skills. Prior research experience would be an advantage. In some areas priority will be given to applicants with demonstrated practical engineering skills and experimental experience.

How to Apply: 

Please download and complete an application form obtained from the following link:

Your completed application should be emailed to the email address below.  Please specify in your application your preference for up to 2 of the advertised research areas. You must also include with your application (in the section 11 personal statement/further information section of the application form) a 500 word summary indicating your motivation for wanting to undertake this project and a brief outline of your initial thoughts on the topic of research.

Please also send with your application a brief research proposal not exceeding 2 pages.

Doctoral College Admissions email:

Research Degrees Office

University of Hertfordshire

College Lane, Hatfield

Herts, AL10 9AB

Closing date for applications: 06 January 2021

Interview dates: 11-15 January 2021

Expected studentship start date: February 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter