Research funding opportunities

  • Full details of all funding opportunities will be advertised on this webpage as and when they become available.

    If you are interested in undertaking a research degree at Oxford Brookes, visit the 'Areas of research' webpage to find out more about the range of subject areas offered within our research communities, centres, groups, academic faculties and schools.

  • Oxford Brookes Business School

    Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice

    Bursary: £18,000 pa (with no inflation increase).

    Deadline: The closing date for applications is Friday 2nd June 2017 (12 Noon)

    Interview date: Interviews will be held in week beginning 19th June 2017

    Start date: September 2017

    Eligibility: Home/EU

    The Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice in the School of Business at Oxford Brookes University is offering a studentship to an exceptional candidate seeking to study for a full time PhD starting in starting in September 2017.

    This full-time studentship, which includes a commitment of seminar teaching to undergraduate students, will be for 3 years subject to satisfactory progress. The bursary will be £18,000 per annum, and fees will be paid by the School.

    The Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice specialises in research on equality and diversity issues in the workplace and in the wider labour market. Our research has received external funding from a range of sources which include the European Commission, KMPG, the 30% Club, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, Equality Challenge Unit, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the European Social Fund. Our researchers share their experiences with their PhD students of working closely with research users such as policy-makers and senior practitioners to facilitate meaningful research impact.

    PhD students also have the opportunity to take part in the Centre’s events, as well as those organised as part of the School PhD programme, and to be exposed to our networking connections which include academics from other institutions both in the UK and internationally, policy-makers, senior human resources practitioners and equality specialists, who together help shape debates surrounding policy, practice and legal thinking on diversity issues.

    We are particularly interested in attracting PhD candidates who wish to pursue studies in one of the following areas:

    • Gender in the workplace
    • Women and leadership
    • Work-life balance and sustainable working
    • Managing an ageing workforce and late career choices

    However, we are open to consider PhD proposals on other topics relating to equality and diversity issues in the workplace and in the labour market.

    We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Funding will cover the three year period subject to the candidate making satisfactory progress annually. Applicants are expected to hold a good undergraduate degree and a good Master’s degree at merit level or above in a relevant area. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

    The supervisory team will include Professor Simonetta Manfredi (smanfredi@brookes.ac.uk) and/or Dr Louise Grisoni (lgrisoni@brookes.ac.uk).
     

    For more information about the Centre for Diversity Policy Research visit http://www.brookes.ac.uk/the-centre-for-diversity-policy-research-and-practice/ and about the Oxford Brookes Business School visit http://business.brookes.ac.uk/

    How to apply: To request further details of how to apply, please email: business-research-office@brookes.ac.uk.

    Please ensure you quote Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice in the email title when applying.

     


    Oxford Brookes Business School

     

    Centre for International Tourism and Events Management Research

    Bursary: £18,000 pa (with no inflation increase).

     

    Deadline: The closing date for applications is Friday 2nd June 2017 (12 Noon).

     

    Interview date: Interviews will be held in week beginning 19th June 2017.

     

    Start date: September 2017

     

    Eligibility: Home/EU

    The Centre for International Tourism and Events Management Research at Oxford Brookes University is offering a studentship to an exceptional candidate seeking to study for a full time PhD starting in starting in September 2017.

     

    This full-time studentship, which includes a commitment of seminar teaching to undergraduate students, will be for 3 years subject to satisfactory progress. The bursary will be £18,000 per annum, and fees will be paid by the School.

    Applications are invited for PhD Studentships in the area of “Tourism and Hospitality Management”. The supervisory team will be led by Professor Levent Altinay (laltinay@brookes.ac.uk) or Professor Chris Cooper (ccooper@brookes.ac.uk).

    The Oxford School of Hospitality Management, in conjunction with the new Centre for International Tourism and Events Management Research, is seeking applications for doctoral studentships in the broad areas of tourism and hospitality management. We are particularly interested in attracting PhD candidates who wish to pursue research in areas that intersect with tourism and hospitality, for example; refugees, migration and human trafficking; social entrepreneurship and poverty alleviation; climate change and community resilience; climate change and destination management; social wellbeing of the elderly or refugees. However, potential candidates with other lines of enquiry informed by the social sciences are encouraged to apply.

    Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work in a vibrant research environment alongside the Centre’s experienced researchers, and can expect to benefit from opportunities for high-calibre publication, conference presentation and scholarly debate with encouraging colleagues in the UK and internationally.

    For more information about the Oxford Brookes Business School, please visit: http://business.brookes.ac.uk/

     

    For more information about the Centre for International Tourism and Events Management Research, please visit http://brookes.ac.uk/citem/

    We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality, capable of submitting a PhD thesis within three years; funding will cover the three year period subject to the candidate making satisfactory progress annually. Applicants are expected to hold a good Undergraduate degree (2:1 and above) and a Master’s degree (merit and above) in an area relevant to Tourism and Hospitality Management or a related discipline. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

    How to apply: How to apply: To request further details of how to apply, please email: business-research-office@brookes.ac.uk.

    Please quote ‘International Tourism and Events Management Research’ in the email title when applying.

     



     

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

     

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences.

    3 Year Full Time studentship

     

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU

     

    Closing date: 26 May 2017 (midnight UK time)
    Start Date: 18 September 2017

     

    Value p.a.: Bursary of £14553 for Academic Year 2017/18 and fees.

     

    Main supervisor: Dr Dave Carter

     

    The role of exosomes and miRNAs in mediating drug resistance in cancer cells

     

    Ovarian cancer tends to become resistant to chemotherapeutic drugs such as cisplatin, leading to a low five-year survival rate. Understanding the mechanisms of drug resistance is therefore important to prolong effective treatment. We have found a role for exosomes and miRNAs in mediating resistance. Exosomes are small vesicles carrying proteins, mRNAs and miRNAs. They can be released by one cell and then taken up by another cell, leading to the transfer of cargo and functional effects in the recipient cells. We have shown that exosomes released by cancer cells that are resistant to chemotherapeutic drugs can induce resistance when taken up by sensitive cells. In this project we will utilise a variety of approaches to study the molecular mechanisms by which exosomes are able to induce resistance. The project will therefore give new insight into the mechanisms of drug resistance in ovarian cancer. We welcome enthusiastic applicants with either cell biology, molecular biology or cancer biology experience; training in the rest will be provided!

     

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/demonstrating a week during semesters on undergraduate practicals without further remuneration. Training will be given.
    Contact: Dr Dave Carter (dcarter@brookes.ac.uk)

    Requirements: Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification. EU Applicants must have an IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued since 15th May 2015 by an approved test centre. We will consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

     

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

     

    Application procedure:

     

    Applications only to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

     

    Download application form:
    (http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc)

    DBS check may be required on enrolment. Cost of this will be covered by the University.


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

     

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences.

    3 Year Full Time studentship

     

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU

     

    Closing date: 26 May 2017 (midnight UK time)
    Start Date: 18 September 2017

     

    Value p.a.: Bursary of £14553 for Academic Year 2017/18 and fees.

     

    Main supervisor: Dr Katja Graumann

     

    Functional characterisation of mid-SUN proteins in plants

     

    This project is an exciting opportunity for someone with an interest in plant cell biology. Research in my laboratory is focussed on the composition and function of the nucleo-cytoskeletal bridging complexes that span the nuclear envelope. One key component of these complexes are Sad1/UNC84 (SUN) proteins, which face the nuclear interior and interact with chromatin and nucleoskeletal components. Our initial investigations of the plant mid-SUN proteins have raised several questions and this project is a great opportunity to make an impact in this field. Specifically, this project will lead to a first in-depth characterisation of the structure and function of mid-SUN proteins in any kingdom as well as a first functional characterisation of nuclear-envelope – chromatin interactions in plants at the molecular level, including genes and how their expression is affected by nuclear envelope components. Methods employed will include high resolution live cell confocal imaging, chromatin immunoprecipitation, molecular and biochemical methods.
    Contact: Dr Katja Graumann (kgraumann@brookes.ac.uk)

    Requirements: Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification. EU Applicants must have an IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued since 15th May 2015 by an approved test centre. We will consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

     

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

     

    Application procedure:

     

    Applications only to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

     

    Download application form:
    (http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc)


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

     

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences.

    3 Year Full Time studentship

     

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU

     

    Closing date: 26 May 2017 (midnight UK time)
    Start Date: 18 September 2017

     

    Value p.a.: Bursary of £14553 for Academic Year 2017/18 and fees.

     

    Main supervisor: Dr Ravinder Kanda

     

    The Role of Endogenous Retroviruses in Cancer

     

    During the progression of cancer, genome regulation is disrupted leading to prolific cell replication, with a loss of control over genome transcription and expression. There are many different factors that can contribute to the progression of cancer and this project aims to investigate the role of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) in this process. ERVs are remnants of past retroviral infections, present in the genomes of most vertebrates, and comprising ~8% of the human genome. This project will be investigating their activity in a number of different types of cancer, analysing data from numerous cancer genomes and transcriptomes.

     

    This project would suit an enthusiastic, curious biologist/geneticist with a strong interest in evolution. This is a computationally based project and bioinformatics skills would be advantageous, but full training will be provided.

    For further details please contact Dr Ravinder Kanda e-mail address: rkanda@brookes.ac.uk

    Requirements: Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification. EU Applicants must have an IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued since 15th May 2015 by an approved test centre. We will consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

     

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

     

    Application procedure:

     

    Applications only to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

     

    Download application form:
    (http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc)

     

    With application enclose a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts plus two signed academic references. Additionally if appropriate an IELTS Academic test certificate from an approved test centre.

    DBS check may be required on enrolment. Cost of this will be covered by the University.

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

     

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences.

    3 Year Full Time studentship

     

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU

     

    Closing date: 26 May 2017 (midnight UK time)
    Start Date: 18 September 2017

     

    Value p.a.: Bursary of £14553 for Academic Year 2017/18 and fees.

     

    Main supervisor: Professor Sue Vaughan

    Basal body duplication and inheritance: using 3D microscopy and molecular tools to study basal body inheritance in the African Trypanosome.

     

    Cila and flagella are essential for motility and signalling in many eukaryotic organisms and there are several genetic human syndromes (e.g. Bardet-Biedel, Joubert) have been linked to malfunctions in cilia and flagella. Motility is essential for many protozoan parasites and contributes to their pathogenicity such as for Trypanosoma brucei which is the causative organism of African sleeping sickness. Flagella assemble from basal bodies and we use novel 3D microscopy techniques to study basal body duplication and flagella assembly in this parasite. In this project we will use cellular electron tomography and serial block face scanning electron microscopy (SBF-SEM) to study the role of genes involved in basal body inheritance. We will also use a combination of molecular tools including inducible knockdown by RNAi to study the function of novel genes that were identified from a tagging screen. This project will allow the student to use a wide range of cutting edge imaging and molecular techniques whilst researching an important biological question.

     

    Formal Enquiries: Prof. Sue Vaughan, Group Leader - Trypanosome Cell Biology, +44 (0) 01865 483254 or svaughan@brookes.ac.uk. Please visit https://www.vaughanlab.com/ for more information.

    Vaughan S, Gull K (2016). Basal body structure and cell cycle-dependent biogenesis in Trypanosoma brucei. Cilia. 2016 Feb 8;5:5. doi: 10.1186/s13630-016-0023-7

    Requirements: Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification. EU Applicants must have an IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued since 15th May 2015 by an approved test centre. We will consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

     

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

     

    Application procedure:

     

    Applications only to: hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

     

    Download application form:
    (http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc)

    DBS check may be required on enrolment. Cost of this will be covered by the University.

     













    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Department of Social Sciences

    Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a PhD Studentship in the Department of Social Sciences, starting in September 2017. Applications are invited for PhD proposals in Interventions: Politicising Political Thought. The supervisor team will be co-led by Prof Gary Browning (Political Theory) and Dr Doerthe Rosenow (International Relations). The  project is located in the Brunel-Brookes-Research Cluster in Political Thought, therefore a third supervisor from Brunel University will join the supervisory team.

    The proposed PhD project will provide an intervention that criss-crosses the disciplines of critical International Relations and the history of political thought, combining the strengths of both disciplines and critically interrogating their respective presumptions. It will intervene in the history of political thought by asking questions of past theorists in relation to thinkers that dominate the critical IR canon, and also in relation to empirical forms of the present in the light of the past.

    Details of the members of the Brookes-Brunel-Research Cluster in Political Thought are given in the application pack.

    The project can focus on a number of themes, including (but not confined to):

    • the character of neo-liberalism, by comparing classical liberal, neo-liberal and critical thinkers (e.g. Foucault).
    • the problem of materiality, by comparing ‘old’ critical materialist theories (primarily based in Marxism) to the so-called contemporary New Materialisms (e.g. in relation to the thought of Bruno Latour and Isabelle Stengers).
    • the problem of colonial legacies, by analysing the colonial underpinnings of traditional political theory in relation to the decolonial critique.

    *Applicants are strongly advised to contact a member of the supervisory team with a short outline of the potential research proposal before submitting an application.* Contact details will be included in the application pack.

    The successful candidate will receive an annual payment of £10,000 as a stipend towards living expenses for a maximum of three years.  

    Home/EU fees will be covered by the Department for a maximum of three years. The Studentship is open to both Home/EU and International students. However, owing to the funding available, the award will be funded at the level of Home/EU research degree fees. Therefore International applicants should be aware that they would need to fund the difference between the Home/EU and International research degree fees each year. Please note that all fees rise by approximately 4% each year.

    Please see this page for information on current International fees:

    http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance---international-students/research-degree-fees-for-international-students/

    Information on current Home/EU fees:

    http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance---uk-and-eu-students/research-degree-fees/

    As a successful applicant, you will join a supportive and research-active Department.  For more information on the Department of Social Sciences visit http://www.social-sciences.brookes.ac.uk/
     

    Eligibility:  We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a Ph.D. thesis within 3 years. Applicants are expected to have completed a relevant Masters degree prior to the Studentship start date. The Studentship holder may also be required to complete supplementary research methods training in their first year of study. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

    Deadline: The closing date for applications is 13.00 on Thursday 25th May
     

    Interview date: Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the deadline.

    Start date: 18th September 2017
     

    How to apply: To request an application pack, a project description and for further details of how to apply, please contact hss-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk

     


     

         

    Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

    School of Architecture

    Three year full-time funded PhD Studentship

    Eligibility:                    Home/EU and International Students

    Bursary:                      £14,700 per year for three years (with no inflationary increase).

                                           A further £300 per year is available to cover project costs

    Fees:                            Tuition fees will be paid by the University.

    Deadline:                     1 June 2017

    Interview date:           12 June 2017

    Start date:                   September 2017

    Inclusive Building and Neighbourhood Design – a review of objectives and opportunities

    The School is seeking to recruit a PhD student to contribute to the aims of the overall Inclusive Design project which will examine:

    1. the performance of existing provision of accessible facilities within buildings with a focus on dwellings

    2. the needs and provisions that would make external, public realm spaces and facilities accessible for all end users, including disabled people.

    This research will review the actual performance of design measures aimed at promoting Inclusive Design from the perspective of the end users. It will aim to understand the success and failure of these provisions. It will devise and apply easy to understand measurements of the performance gap between Inclusive Design requirements and the actual outcome in the built environment in order to help optimise provision and identify research based good practice. The knowledge gained using East Village and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London as a, ‘living laboratory' will form a robust evidence base for the formulation of future inclusive design initiatives.

    The studentship is co-funded by Oxford Brookes University (Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment) and University College London (UCL) via the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub). Other key contributors will be London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and David Bonnett Associates.

    Requirements:  We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Candidates are expected to have a good first degree or Masters degree in a related subject. The Studentship holder will be required to complete supplementary research methods training in their first year of study. Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities, be fluent in spoken and written English.

    The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence, suitability of research experience and skills, subject knowledge and references.

    The successful candidate will work within the Architectural Engineering Group and be supervised by Dr Nicholas Walliman (Oxford Brookes University), Iain McKinnon, (Head of Inclusive Design Global Disability Innovation Hub and Honorary Lecturer, UCL), and Dr David Bonnett (David Bonnett Associates).   For further information about the School of Architecture Research, see http://architecture.brookes.ac.uk/research/index.html

    Enquiries and requests forapplication information: For further information on how to apply and/or any academic enquiries about the studentship, please email tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk, quoting ‘Inclusive Building and Neighbourhood Design’ in the subject line.

    As part of the application you must submit a maximum three page outline research proposal on the topic of research - Inclusive Building and Neighbourhood Design (instructions on how to prepare a research proposal can be found on the Brookes website: http://architecture.brookes.ac.uk/research/proposals.html), together with a supporting statement of no more than 300 words summarising: 

    • Your reasons for undertaking this project;
    • Preparation undertaken and previous research experience;
    • How this bursary will make a difference to your research
       

    Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (MEMS)

     

    Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

     

    Three year full-time funded PhD Studentship

     

    Eligibility:        UK/EU only

     

    Bursary:           £16,000 per year

     

    Fees:                Tuition fees will be paid by the University.

     

    Deadline:          5 .00 pm on Friday 9 June 2017

     

    Start date:        June - September 2017

    PhD Studentship in Engine Modelling

    The Faculty of Technology Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a three-year full-time PhD studentship to a new student commencing June-September 2017.

    The successful candidate, UK/EU nationals only, will work within the Engine Modelling Team, under the supervision of Dr Fabrizio Bonatesta and his collaborators. This is a fully-funded PhD studentship with annual bursary of £16,000.

    Brief Project Description

     

    The Engine Modelling Team at Oxford Brookes University is now part of a large multi-partner R&D project which will deliver the next generation of Gasoline Direct Injection engines, optimised for reduced fuel consumption and reduced noxious emissions. The involvement of Oxford Brookes will be in the area of engine modelling and will concentrate on the identification of control strategy to minimise Particulate Matter formation and emission.

    The essential selection criteria include:

     

    • A good first degree in Mechanical, Automotive or Motorsport Engineering.
    • Experience in engine modelling using CFD or other modelling software, or experience using CFD software in another relevant engineering area.
    • Experience of processing, analysing and manipulating large amounts of technical data.
    • Knowledge and understanding of internal combustion engines working principles, modern associated technology, pollutants formation and emission regulations.
    • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
    • Excellent written and oral communication and organisational skills.
    • A real passion and commitment for research and scholarship.

    The successful candidate will be responsible to:

     

    • Undertake independent research in engine modelling, relevant to the requirements of the multi-partner project.
    • Develop, optimise, validate and apply CFD and/or 0D/1D simulations of internal combustion engines, including the development of statistical and optimisation techniques for model calibration; process, analyse and manipulate numerical and experimental engine data as appropriate.
    • Liaise with and support industrial and academic partners; present research findings to groups of people (industrial meetings and academic conferences).
    • Conduct literature searches and reviews, and assist with the preparation of papers for publication.
    • Fulfil all the requirements of a PhD program according to University Regulations.

    Application Process:

     

    If you would like to apply for this position, you should request an application pack from the Research Support Office, tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk, quoting “PhD Studentship in Engine Modelling”.

    Fully completed applications must be sent to tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk, by 5.00 pm on Friday 9 June 2017. As part of the application process you must submit your CV, along with a supporting statement (2 page maximum) which explains why you believe you are the best candidate for this job. Please be advised that the selection process may involve an interview.

    Information:

     

    For all informal requests about the project and this post, please contact Dr Fabrizio Bonatesta (fbonatesta@brookes.ac.uk)

    Further project details:

    Engine Modelling Team, Oxford Brookes University

     

     

    Project Description

     

    The Engine Modelling Team at Oxford Brookes University is now part of a large multi-partner R&D project which will deliver the next generation of Gasoline Direct Injection engines, optimised for reduced fuel consumption and reduced noxious emissions. The involvement of Oxford Brookes will be in the area of engine modelling and will concentrate on the identification of control strategy to minimise Particulate Matter formation and emission.

     

    The current powertrain development process focuses on engineering and validating individual engine systems in isolation and relies on a time intensive sequential process. This approach does not take account of interactions between sub-systems and, as a result, key attributes such as fuel economy do not reach the full potential available within the chosen hardware and controls. This project will develop and apply a new analytical, multi-objective, dynamic, optimisation methodology to simultaneously optimise across multiple engine systems, with specific intent to simultaneously reduce CO2 and Particulate Matter emissions. The project also aims to demonstrate a game changing CAE methodology that will substantially improve UK Automotive engineering competitiveness, improving capability, and significantly reducing time to market.

     

    Within the larger R&D project, the Engine Modelling Team at Oxford Brookes will support the engine optimisation exercise through development and application of validated full-cycle models of modern downsized GDI engines, to evaluate the effects of a range of engine calibration controls on in-cylinder soot formation mechanisms, as well as on fuel consumption. The project will seek to identify effective and feasible control strategies to reduce soot formed “at source”, enabling lower ultra-fine soot yield (especially in terms of particle number) and lesser reliance on Gasoline Particulate Filters. The project also aims to develop improved modelling techniques and methodologies for model calibration. The research activity will ultimately deliver improved, exploitable, fundamental knowledge of soot mechanisms taking place during partially-premixed spark ignition combustion.

     

    The Oxford Brookes Engine Modelling Team is currently seeking to expand through recruitment of a number of different research positions. The present offer is for a 3-year fully funded PhD post.