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University of Bath Prize Fellowships in the Faculty of Engineering & Design

Apply for a two-year Prize Fellowship and join a faculty dedicated to leading research innovation and nurturing your ambitions. We have six positions available.

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Our Prize Fellowship scheme will boost your research career and fast-track you to a permanent appointment at Bath

Our Faculty of Engineering & Design supports fours academic departments:

We collaborate on diverse research activities across industry and academia. The results of REF 2014 prove the quality and impact our research has worldwide.

We are not afraid to explore new directions and want early-career researchers who feel the same way. You'll join a supportive research community with expertise and mentoring to help you flourish.

There are six fellowships available. We welcome applications in the following areas:

  • electric propulsion
  • materials and structures
  • sustainable concrete technology
  • design of smart cities
  • gas turbine engineering
  • sensors for autonomous systems
  • electrical machines and energy storage
  • advanced bio-separations
  • molecular-scale modelling of fluid separations and reactions

Find out more about the University of Bath Prize Fellowships

Electric propulsion

The appointed Prize Fellow will join and expand our successful Powertrain Vehicle Research Centre (PVRC). They will work on sustainable propulsion systems for future transport. Our current research includes:

  • highly-downsized engines
  • thermal management
  • turbomachinery
  • transmission systems
  • driver behaviour

Our activities include innovations in technology, analysis techniques and experimental methods. We have a large portfolio of collaborative research projects in partnership with large OEMs (including Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren), as well as dynamic SMEs.

Bath has been appointed a spoke of the Advanced Propulsion Centre, recognising the PVRC's expertise at a national level.

As propulsion systems become increasingly electrified, a rich opportunity presents itself for activity in the field of electrical machines, power electronics and energy storage.

Contact: Professor Gary Lock, Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering

Materials and structures

We're looking for a Prize Fellow who will be active in research at the boundaries of materials, manufacturing and structures. They will join our Materials and Structures Centre and will work at the interface of two or more of our research areas: composites, non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and multi-functional structures.

We expect the Prize Fellow to have expertise in one of the following:

  • polymer composites: modification of matrix or fibre properties for process/performance
  • X-ray CT: in-situ monitoring
  • multifunctional materials: sensing/NDE, healing, actuation and energy harvesting
  • additive manufacturing of novel materials and structures
  • metallurgy and joining

Contact: Professor Gary Lock, Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering

Sustainable concrete technology

We are looking for a Prize Fellow in sustainable concrete technology to join a successful team developing low-carbon and innovative concretes for future infrastructure and engineering.

Particular areas of interest include:

  • developing low-carbon cements and geo-polymers in structural concrete
  • the use of recycled and secondary aggregates
  • self-healing concretes using bacteria and mineral-precursors

Exciting new areas of research include:

  • the use of nanoparticles to improve the mechanical and transport properties of cementitious composites
  • smart concretes with self-sensing properties

The Prize Fellow will be based in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering. They will work as part of the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials.

Contact: Professor Stephen Emmitt, Head of Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering

Design of smart cities

The Prize Fellow in the design of smart cities will join a successful team working on the design of low-impact and resilient buildings. Particular areas of interest include:

  • the development of, and retrofitting for, low-energy buildings
  • the application of technologies to facilitate nGeneration building use
  • design and retrofitting for resilience and adaptability
  • safe, secure and healthy buildings.

The Prize Fellowship will focus on innovation and the creative design of smart buildings for smart cities at a local and global level. The local initiatives relate to our immediate city environments, such as Bristol and Bath. For example, the BANES corporate sustainability team’s emphasis on smart cities (energy retrofit, design for local renewable energy generation, and design for local food production).

The Prize Fellow will work with our Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture.

Contact: Professor Stephen Emmitt, Head of Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering

Gas turbine engineering

The Prize Fellow will join and expand our Turbomachinery Research Centre. Our Centre is an international leader in the application of the science of rotating flow and heat transfer to the design of internal cooling air systems in gas turbines.

Our research integrates experimental, computational and theoretical modelling techniques. We have a large portfolio of collaborative research projects working with industry. Our partners include Siemens, Rolls-Royce, GE and Cross Manufacturing.

Our current research interest cover:

  • ingress to secondary air systems
  • egree/mainstream gas-path interaction
  • rotor-dynamics and control
  • brush seals
  • novel experimental measurement techniques

Our Centre has optical velocity measurement capability unique within the EU with the Versatile Fluid Measurement System. This is funded by the EPSRC Strategic Equipment Panel.

Contact: Professor Gary Lock, Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering

Sensors for autonomous systems

We're looking for a Prize Fellow to work at the interface between biosensors and bioelectronics, and robotics and autonomous systems. The Prize Fellow will join our successful Centre for Advanced Sensor Technologies. They will focus on sensors and sensor platforms for autonomous systems. This will include chemical sensors and biosensors for:

  • Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs)
  • Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs)
  • Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUVs)
  • wearable and autonomous devices

Contact: Dr Adrian Evans, Head of Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Electrical machines and energy storage

The Prize Fellow will provide a cross-cutting link between mechanical and electrical engineering focused research centres:

They will research high-performance electrical machines and drives for the transport sector and power grids. In particular, they will focus on battery energy storage. The Prize Fellow should have expertise in one or more of the following:

  • designing and developing electric motors for the transport sector and for power grids
  • developing power electronics drives for electric machines and energy storage systems
  • energy storage aspects of vehicle-to-grid

The Prize Fellow will also fit well with recent developments in robotics and autonomous systems in research and teaching.

Contact: Dr Adrian Evans, Head of Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Advanced bio-separations

Industrial biotechnology (IB) uses biological substances, systems and processes to produce materials, chemicals and energy from renewable, non-fossil fuel based, feedstocks. Most IB investment has focused on the design of catalysts, reactors and reaction pathways to achieve desired products. As the technology is reaching deployment stage, product purification and concentration has been identified as the key bottleneck towards further growth.

The Prize Fellow will focus on selected bio-separation processes to bridge this barrier. They will use a fundamental understanding of underlying principles leading to technology innovation including scale up. The Prize Fellow will join an active research community in the Department of Chemical Engineering. They will be a member of the successful Centre for Advanced Separations Engineering and collaborate with colleagues in the Bioprocessing Research Unit.

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Molecular-scale modelling of fluid separations and reactions

Fluid-based separations, including membranes, are traditionally designed as unit operations, with somewhat limited understanding of processes at the molecular scale. There is also a lack of detailed knowledge about how reaction mechanisms, microkinetics and rates of reaction depend on process parameters. Further improvements need optimisation that links the molecular scale to the process scale. This can only be achieved through novel multiscale modelling methodologies, as well as synergistic collaboration between the experimental and modelling communities.

This Prize Fellowship will focus on innovative multi-scale modelling methods applied to selected fluid separation and reaction processes. The research will have current or potential future industrial relevance and impact.

The Prize Fellow will become part of an active research community in the Department of Chemical Engineering. They will join our successful Centre for Advanced Separations Engineering.

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