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University of Hull offers clusters of science and engineering PhD Scholarships

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We are pleased to announce 15 science and engineering full PhD Scholarships for 2016 entry.

The University of Hull are offering over 40 Scholarships in total to UK, EU and international students, as part of its ongoing commitment to research.

The PhD Scholarships will be combined with investments in Post-Doctoral positions to build robust expertise in key research cluster areas. Each of the PhD projects are distinct and many are interdisciplinary or in collaboration with industry.

The Scholarships cover full fees for UK, EU and international students. UK and EU students also receive a tax-free maintenance stipend that is in line with Research Councils UK Doctoral Training Centre levels. The closing date for applications is 29 February 2016.

Professor Dan Parsons, Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: “We are delighted to announce these PhD Scholarship opportunities and to  build a robust research environment around these important clusters of research. We look forward to many applications for these excellent projects.”

PhD Scholarships

The Scholarships offered within the Faculty of Science and Engineering are available in the following five research clusters:

Gender, Place and Memory, 1400-1900

These PhD projects form part of the Gender, Place and Memory 1400-1900 research cluster at the University of Hull which draws in academics and researchers from History, English and Geography:

Women walking the world: emotions, place and memory in English court records, 1400-1800

Women, property and the law: mapping sexual inequality in the East Riding of Yorkshire, 1708-1974

3D Printing of Bio-inspired Composites as a Cross-Cutting Capability

We are investing significant resources in creating a 3D printing research cluster which combines the expertise of chemists, engineers and physicists to create novel materials through rational design.

3D printing of functionally graded complex composites

3D printing: Bio-inspired self-healing composite materials

Catastrophic Flows

Catastrophic flows have shaped and reshaped our physical environment, and the humans that reside on them since the planet was first formed. The lessons we glean from these epic events in the past have the power to change the way we predict and survive future occurrences.

Scaling flood events and ecohydraulics in experimental models

Coastal system resilience under increased storminess

Simulating catastrophic flows on Mars

Quantifying the sedimentation of ignimbrites: understanding the behaviour of pyroclastic density currents through experimental modelling

Origins: From the Sub-Atomic to Clusters of Galaxies

We are pleased to announce four new PhD studentships within the University’s E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics, spanning the sub-atomic to the largest scales in the Universe.

Nucleosynthetic yields and artificial stars

The cosmic distance ladder

Star formation in cluster galaxies

Extreme solar flares

Directed Self Assembly

These PhD positions are part of a major research initiative from the University of Hull to create a directed self-assembly cluster combining the expertise of chemists and physicists to create novel materials.

Directed self-assembly for metamaterials: physics and devices: geometries for nanophotonic applications

Directed self-assembly for metamaterials: physics and devices: optical and electrical properties of self-assembled metamaterials

Novel chiroptical organic/metal nano systems


For more information about the University of Hull Scholarships 2016, and to apply, visit www.hull.ac.uk/phd

New brochure showcases world-leading science and engineering research

A new brochure from the University of Hull offers an insight into the pioneering research undertaken by staff and postgraduate research students across its Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Research in Focus 2016 showcases the work of a range of leading-edge researchers and its real life impact.

Following interest in the first publication of this type from 2014 – ‘Inspired in Hull’, which highlights examples of exciting research from all departments in the Faculty – the new brochure also features PhD students describing the research they are undertaking, and a selection of exciting research news from across the Faculty.

Research in Focus 2016The publication, available online or in print format, has already been shared with other Universities and their students, from as far afield as China and Malaysia.

Professor Stephen Kelly, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering said: “Our 2016 research brochure highlights some of the novel and exciting research being conducted across the Faculty. I am immensely proud of our diverse and collaborative research that is addressing real world problems, from understanding how the Earth is responding to climate change to breakthroughs in ‘bench-to-bedside’ cancer treatments.”

Professor Dan Parsons, Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise, added: “We are committed to conducting excellent, world-leading research that addresses critical challenges in today’s world. Our most recent 2014 Research Excellence Framework results reflect the work of our staff, researchers and research students in pushing the boundaries of science and engineering that is making a difference in the world.”

Research in Focus also includes the latest information about the high quality research environment at the University, and the investment in facilities such as the world-class Brynmor Jones Library and the Allam Building which houses a revamped biomedical research facility with two research centres – one focusing on cardiovascular and metabolic disease and the other on cancer. These are just two of the areas in which the University has an international reputation.

To request free printed copies of the brochure please email science@hull.ac.uk

Wealth in waste? Using industrial leftovers to offset climate emissions

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on The Conversation.

By Helena I. Gomes, Postdoctoral researcher in Environmental Sciences; Mike Rogerson, Senior Lecturer in Earth System Science; and Will Mayes, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science.

More than a billion tonnes of potentially toxic, bleach-like waste is produced and piled in landfills every year, with often devastating effects. And yet most people haven’t even heard of these “alkaline wastes”.

We want to change this. Our research has identified nearly two billion tonnes of alkaline residues that are produced in the world each year, most of which can contaminate groundwater and rivers if not proper managed. We should be doing much more about the problem – these wastes can even be put to good use. Read more

Regrowing limbs: fossils reveal ancient secrets of salamander ancestors

Feuersalamander. Credit: Aah-Yeah, CC BY

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on The Conversation.

By Charlotte Stephenson, PhD Candidate in Palaeoenvironments and Palaeobotany

The natural world can be a dangerous place. With constant competition for food, shelter and a mate, it’s more than likely that things will end up getting violent. In the unfortunate event of a serious injury, such as the loss of a limb, what do you do? Well, in the case of the amphibian salamander, you simply grow a new one. Read more

Awesome Jobs: Dr Rebecca Williams – Volcanologist

Geologist and volcanologist Dr Rebecca Williams was featured recently in the “i” newspaper’s (part of the Independent) column The Shift, which highlights fascinating jobs.

Dr Williams talks in the article about her interest in volcanoes starting while studying A-Level geography, but that the idea of being a volcanologist seemed so ‘out there’ she initially didn’t believe it was achievable. As a university student studying geology, she heard that the Hawaii Volcano Observatory took volunteers. After being accepted on their programme, Dr Williams spent six months as a gas geochemist, including monitoring gas emissions from Kilauea volcano, and it was at this point she realised you could do this as a career.

Currently a Lecturer in Volcanology, Department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Dr Williams explains in the column how she divides her time between teaching and research.  Her main area of research is volcanic flows, involving studying lahars (the flow of debris, mud and water down from a volcano) and pyroclastic density currents (the fast-flowing currents of hot gas and rock from an explosive eruption).

“I look at ancient deposits and try to understand how they were formed, and from that understand the behaviour of different flows,” Dr Williams said.

“You can’t observe them in action, except from a long way away, and then they are shrouded in ash clouds.”

The University’s new flume, constructed by Dr Williams, which in the GEES flume lab, simulates lahars, enabling her to investigate these hazardous flows, helping people who live in volcanic regions by predicting which areas might be affected.

Grants awarded in September 2015 (over £10k)

Dr C Wu, Dr J M Mi, £19,761, EPSRC, Feasibility study of ultrasound-enhanced catalytic esterification of pyrolysis bio-oil

Mr W Musk, Mr O Dawes, Prof M Elliott, £10,600, Natural England, Morecambe Bay Invertebrate Analysis, Biotope Assignment and Condition Advice

Miss K L Hemingway, Mr N D Cutts, Prof M Elliott, £11,650, Able UK Ltd, Black-tailed Godwit Foraging Preferences and Prey Take, intertidal mudflats, North Killingholme

Dr S Lukaschuk, Dr S McLelland, £14,800, University of Leeds, Modeling wave dynamic on jet currents in a flume

Prof B P Binks, Prof P D Fletcher, £82,262, Lubrizol Limited, Crude Oil Pour Point Depressants – Screening And Design Of New Products 

Dr G Ferrier, £10,014, NERC, 3D sub-surface geospatial models

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