Fully Funded PhD Studentships at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (AAPS CDT)

Employer: AAPS CDT, University of Bath and UKRI Logos
Job location
University of Bath
Job salary
15,609 (2021/22 Rate)
Job term
4 Years, 1 year MRes with a three to four-year PhD
Job closing date

The AAPS CDT at the University of Bath is recruiting its third cohort of students to join us in September 2021. AAPS is a diverse and stimulating environment where you can deepen your knowledge in your discipline alongside colleagues working across a broad spectrum of challenges facing the mobility sector. The programme integrates a one-year MRes with a three to four-year PhD. The MRes programme is conducted as a cohort with a focus on technology, team-working and research skills before moving on to the PhD programme in year 2. 

AAPS offers at least 10 fully-funded studentships each September. Studentships cover stipend, fees and research support budget. 

Our world is suffering from unsustainable levels of congestion, life-threatening air quality and a rapidly accelerating climate crisis. Something needs to change and it needs to happen at pace. 

The AAPS CDT is here to support the thought and future leaders of mobility. Bringing together industry, academics and students to pioneer and shape the transition to clean, sustainable movement. 

Let’s work as one to lead the way towards innovative, clean and CO2 free ways of moving people and products. Let’s work smart to design intelligent cities with new forms of vehicles. Let’s engineer a future where the world has transport and movement that is impact free. 

Our Research Themes: 

  • Low Carbon Fuels 

  • Gas Purification 

  • Propulsion Electrification 

  • Applications of Mathematics 

  • Applications of Computer Science 

  • Digital systems integration and optimisation 

  • Chemical Energy Converters 

  • Sustainability and Low Carbon Transition 

  • Driver and User Behaviour 

  • Transportation and Society 

  • Transport Policy and Economics 

MRes Year 

The MRes year consists of taught units, group work and Integrative Think Tanks (ITTs). 

You will develop foundation knowledge of the challenges facing the automotive sector as well as developing commercial, interpersonal and management skills, learning how to cooperate as part of, as well as leading, a team. Programme content includes 

  • Propulsion technologies and their roadmaps for development over the next 40 years 

  • Business practices and the stakeholders, structure and challenges within the industry 

  • Systems thinking and insights framework to practice innovation and how to work in trans-disciplinary teams 

  • Guest lectures from industry and governmental organisations 

PhD Phase 

You remain an AAPS CDT student throughout your PhD phase during years 2-4 and will continue to collaborate with the CDT through mentoring and participation in centre activities. There will be opportunities to undertake industrial placements and academic secondments. 

AAPS-CDT is a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members. Alongside the academic focus, there is an emphasis on community. Through the four-year programme, there are events open to all students, including workshops, team-building activities, guest lectures, symposia and think tanks. All new students joining the CDT will be assigned both an academic personal tutor and a student mentor, along with a minimum of 2 academic supervisors at the point of starting their PhD.  

Read more details on the programme

How to apply 

You can apply by sending an expression of interest to the Student Experience Officer, Jessica Ohren (aapscdt@bath.ac.uk) including: 

  • 300-word personal statement on how your research interest and personal purpose aligns with the AAPS CDT vision, and why you want to be part of the CDT. 

  • which AAPS Research Theme(s) your interests mostly fit 

  • two-page CV including your academic and work experience 

  • scans of your academic transcript(s) 

  • Where you heard about AAPS 

  • title of the project you're applying for (if applicable) 

Applications will be reviewed rapidly, and promising applicants will be invited to an interview. 

Successful applicants will hold, or be expecting, a first or high upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent). They will be highly committed individuals who are interested in conducting a PhD whilst simultaneously developing transdisciplinary team-working skills and engaging with industrial partners. 

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