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Prof Duncan Lockerby

EPSRC PhD Studentships: Nanoscale Fluid Dynamics

The University of Warwick, The University of Edinburgh and the Science & Technology Facilities Council.

Start Date : By arrangement, in the period: 02-Oct-2016 to 01-Dec-2017

A consortium of three internationally-leading UK research institutions is offering six fully-funded PhD Scholarship for 3½ years, to develop new modelling capabilities and simulation-for-design tools for Nanoscale Interfacial Fluid Dynamics. This prestigious opportunity is funded by a flagship £3.4M EPSRC Programme Grant awarded to Professor Duncan Lockerby and Dr James Sprittles (University of Warwick), Professor David Emerson (Daresbury Laboratory) and Professor Jason Reese (University of Edinburgh). The PhD students will be integrated into the Programme’s extensive collaborative network of international researchers and nine industrial partners in order to deliver the knowledge required to understand and design next generation nano-engineered flow technologies.

Project Overview

Society is facing major challenges in health, transportation, energy and climate. Over the next 25 years, nano-engineered systems will play an increasingly important role in helping meet these challenges, but their demands on simulation for design outstrip current modelling capabilities. Emerging applications that depend on the interfacial physics down to the nanoscale include: targeted cancer treatments that exploit nano-bubble cavitation; low-emission vehicles with nano-structured coatings; and micro coolers that harness heat transfer at evaporating nano-menisci. Please see a short introductory video at

Research and Training Environment

The consortium leading the Programme has flourished over 12 years into an international driver for understanding micro- and nano-scale fluid flow, see The Programme is in collaboration with nine major industrial partners who will provide data for technological applications, and other material support: Airbus Group, AkzoNobel, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, European Space Agency, Jaguar Land Rover, National Physical Laboratory, Oxford Institute for Biomedical Engineering, TotalSim Ltd, and Waters Corporation.

Applicant Requirements

The research is rewarding and challenging, so applicants should have (or be close to obtaining) a 1st or 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in applied maths, computer science, engineering science, physics, or a related subject with a strong mathematical content. Experience of high-level programming languages, particularly C++, and/or the OpenFOAM software would be an advantage.

Stipend and Fees

The annual stipend will be £14,254 (tax free), for 3½ years, with all university fees paid. This scholarship is available for EU/UK students only (or for non-EU/UK students who can provide the difference in the university fees).

How to Apply

Please email a full Curriculum Vitae and cover letter, explaining why you are interested in pursuing a PhD in this research Programme, with the names and contact details of two referees to, with ‘PhD Application’ in the subject line. During your PhD research you will visit each of the three sites regularly, but will be based at Daresbury Laboratory (Warrington), the University of Edinburgh, or the University of Warwick. Please indicate in your application whether you are flexible, or have a strong preference, on location.

The Successful applicant will then complete the formal acceptance process at the respective institutions.