EPSRC CDT in Aerosol Science

Overview

Qualification type: PhD

Location: Hatfield, United Kingdom

Funding amount: Successful CDT in aerosol science applicants who meet the funding criteria will receive a studentship covering tuition fees, research and training support grant, plus a stipend to cover your living expenses while you train, paid at the standard UKRI rate.

This research project is one of a number of projects at this institution. It is in competition for funding with one or more of these projects. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding. Applications for this project are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full department and project details for further information.

Duration: Three years

Closing application date: 25 January 2021

Expected start: Autumn 2021

Project outline

Applications are invited for five PhD studentships starting in Autumn 2021 as part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science:

Real-time crop monitoring for decision-based protection against aerosol-carried diseases

Crop pathogens are causing important yield losses. There is an urgent need for real-time monitoring systems to enable selective fungicide application, hence reducing cost and environmental impact. Building on state-of-the-art aerosol detection technology, this project aims to develop the next generation of aerosol real-time monitor for crop protection.

If you would like to learn more about this project, please contact Dr Loic Coudron and  Associate Professor Ian Johnston.

Airborne particle collection into single droplets to analyse and identify harmful aerosol constituents

Crop pathogens are causing important yield losses. There is an urgent need for real-time monitoring systems to enable selective fungicide application, hence reducing cost and environmental impact. Building on state-of-the-art aerosol detection technology, this project aims to develop the next generation of aerosol real-time monitor for crop protection.

If you would like to learn more about this project, please contact Associate Professor Ian Johnston and Dr Loic Coudron.

Modelling and detecting micro-scale birefringent particles

Realtime characterisation of airborne particulates helps to avoid exposure to respiratory hazards. Currently there are no available techniques for the detection of birefringent materials, such as crystalline silica. You will investigate birefringence in microscale particles using physical optics models and develop apparatus to verify your findings.

If you would like to learn more about this project, please contact Dr Chris Stopford.

Classification of microparticles using two-dimensional scattering data and machine learning techniques

Two-dimensional light scattering patterns contain information regarding the size, shape, and orientation of micro-scale aerosol particulates. However, these have proven difficult to classify using traditional algorithms. You will develop a machine-learning classifier to classify such particles as cirrus ice, bioaerosol, pollution, and other respirable hazards thereby providing hitherto unavailable real-time data analysis.

If you would like to learn more about this project, please contact Dr Chris Stopford.

How atmospheric particulate affects lung infection and immune response

Air pollution poses a serious threat to human health and is an aggravating factor in both viral and bacterial pulmonary infections. This project will employ advanced in vitro and computational models to develop an understanding of the complex and still vastly unexplored interaction between bacteria, pollutants and immune cells.

If you would like to learn more about this project, please contact Dr Laura Urbano and Professor Sheena Cruikshank.

About the Centre for Doctoral training in Aerosol Science

Aerosol science is crucial to disciplines as broad ranging as drug delivery to the lungs, transmission of disease, climate change, energy and combustion science, novel materials, and consumer and agricultural products.

An aerosol is any collection of particles dispersed in a gas. The CDT brings together a multi-disciplinary team of 80 post-graduate students and academics from 7 UK universities spanning the physical, environmental and health sciences, and engineering. Our aim is to tackle the global challenges in which aerosol science is key.

Further details are available from our website.

Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science

During your doctorate, you will learn to research in diverse multidisciplinary teams, gain an advanced understanding of the core physical science of aerosols, and collaborate with industrial and public sector partners, equipping you to undertake ground-breaking research in aerosol science.

During the first 7 months of your PhD, you will join the CDT cohort based at the University of Bristol. Core training in aerosol science, research methods, professionalism and translation will be delivered by Team Based Learning. You will then undertake a short research project at your home or partner institution before starting your PhD research. You will gain experience outside academia in a placement with an industrial/public sector partner in Year 2 or 3.

Essential criteria

Candidates who aspire to work in a multidisciplinary field, and hold or will achieve a minimum of an upper second-class undergraduate degree in any of these areas are encouraged to apply: chemistry, physics, biological sciences, life and medical sciences, mathematics and computer science, chemical and mechanical engineering, pharmaceutical and environmental sciences.

We are committed to furthering issues of equality, diversity and inclusion and are keen to attract the most highly talented individuals from diverse backgrounds. The needs of individuals will be accommodated during the recruitment process and while studying with the CDT. Further information on our commitment to equality and diversity can be found on our website.

Find out more information on our website.

Application process

Apply by 9:00 on Monday 25 January 2021– eligible applicants with a suitable academic background will be invited to attend an online recruitment and assessment day on 1 February 2021. Applications after this date will be subject to remaining availability of studentships.

Apply here.

Application enquiries

Name: Kate Lucas (Aerosol CDT Administrator)

Email: aerosol-science@bristol.ac.uk