Applying for postgraduate research opportunities (applicants seeking University funding support)

All funded postgraduate research opportunities are linked to specific research topics and funding routes, and are recruited on a competitive basis. New research students join a growing and dynamic research community, allowing students to share experiences, insight and inspiration with fellow researchers. Students benefit from our academic expertise, and support through a strong programme of research training at each stage of their research degree. A summary of each funded route can be found below.

1. Graduate Tutors

These are salaried positions (£21,220 per annum plus all fees) full-time for four years (2 years fixed term contract with an additional 2 year extension dependent on academic progress). These positions provide a unique opportunity to establish an academic career, combining both a PhD project and an opportunity to gain experience of supporting and contributing to university teaching, mentored by an experienced member of academic staff and working towards fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. These posts are intended to be our internal pathway for developing the next generation of research active academic staff in key areas of the university.

When available, Graduate Tutor vacancies are advertised via our Human Resources vacancies webpages. As part of the application process, applicants are required to submit a proposal based on the project they wish to be considered for.

Currently closed for applications

2. University Research Studentships

These are fully funded research opportunities which are offered on a competitive basis, and which cover all fees associated with PhD study, together with a stipend (currently £15,000 per annum tax free, unless stated otherwise) to cover living expenses for three years. The studentships are reviewed and renewed annually subject to suitable progress. There may be some limited opportunities to undertake some part-time demonstrating or teaching on a paid basis.

Applications are welcome from strong UK, EU and international students. International candidates will be required to obtain the appropriate UK study visa.

Currently closed for applications

Externally or independently funded applications can be submitted at any time of year:
More information and how to apply

3. Consortia Studentships

Teesside University is a proud member of the following PhD consortia:

Doctoral Training in Social Sciences in Northern Ireland and the North East (NINE DTP)

Currently closed for applications
More information about NINE DTP opportunities

Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA)

Currently closed for applications
More information about DTA opportunities

The Heritage Consortium

Currently closed for applications
More information about the Heritage Consortium

North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities (NECAH Consortium)

Currently closed for applications
More information about the NECAH Consortium

Please note that applications must be submitted to the correct funding route – applications submitted to an ineligible route will be automatically rejected.

PhD studentship: Experimental and Computational Study of Filtration and Separation Process

School of Science and Engineering, Teesside University Company: PSI Global Ltd

A stipend of £14,296 per annum is offered to a strong candidate for this full-time PhD studentship in the School of Science and Engineering at Teesside University. The appointed student will need to spend about 50% of their time at PSI Global.

Filtration is used to separate solids from liquid, liquid from gas, liquid from liquid and vapour from gas. Filtration involves some form of media that would capture some form a component in the mixture. The filtration products used with the compressors are In-line filters and separators. Separators are also used at the near exhaust of the Vacuum pumps. Further, the filtration product used for air preparation includes air intake filters. Air intake filters play a major role in getting good quality of air into the compressor or Vacuum pump and ensure its longer life.

The Vacuum pumps or the compressors used are oil lubricated to reduce the wear and tear of the system, but the oil lubrication leads to an increase in exhaust emissions. These exhaust emissions when suspended as fine particulate matter can cause great harm to the environment, climate, life of the equipment and public health. The health impacts of oil-mists are numerous and well documented, with exposure limits of 3 mg/m3 imposed in the United Kingdom. The oil separators used at near exhaust and the Oil-mist eliminators are used at the exhaust of the compressor or the vacuum pump to reduce the aerosol content in the exhaust emissions.

Despite the prevalence of fibrous filtration technology in industry, their behaviour is not fully understood and thereby much of the design and development work is based on the process of historical know how and experimental studies. The majority of the studies pertaining to modelling of fibrous filtration products have been focused on using empirically derived expressions to predict macro-scale properties which do not reflect the complete picture of the flow physics in the filtration product. Hence, it is critical to use Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to study and understand the flow field, pressure drop and capture efficiency of the filtration product.

As a Teesside University research student, you will join a growing and dynamic research community, allowing you to share your experiences, insight and inspiration with fellow researchers. You will benefit from our academic expertise, and be supported through a strong programme of research training. You will be offered opportunities and support at each stage of your research degree. The successful candidate will be based within the Technical Futures Institute but will work closely with the company to develop this research.

The supervisory team will be Dr Faik Hamad (Teesside University) and Lloyd Cochrane, (PSI Global Ltd)

Further information:

The studentship will cover tuition fees of £7290 (the current Home fee) and provide an annual tax-free stipend of £14,296 for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. There is also an allowance of £1000 per year to cover training. Applications are welcome from strong UK, EU and International students.

If you are an International student you should note that only the current UK Home fee is covered by the award. International fees are £13,650 per annum and you would be expected to make up the difference of £6,360 per annum from your own funds.

Applicants should hold a good honours degree (first or upper 2:1) or NARIC approved equivalent and hold a Master level qualification in a science discipline. Applicant should have a good knowledge in fluid mechanics/aerodynamics and CFD. Knowledge of using C++, Matlab and image processing will be considered in selecting the candidate for this PhD position.

You can apply online for this opportunity: Please use the PhD full time application form, and state the studentship title and Director of Studies (Dr Faik Hamad) in the personal statement section. You will be asked to upload a proposal detailing how you would address the project.

For administrative enquiries, please contact Julie Wright
For academic enquiries, please contact Dr Faik Hamad

Key Dates:

Closing Date: Monday 26th June (5pm). We envisage that interviews will take place in June/July 2017. The successful applicant will be expected to start on 2nd October 2017.