The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is seeking to appoint an MPhil / MRes student to conduct research for the Eco-Innovation Cheshire and Warrington Industry Collaboration programme. Postgraduate fees are paid by the industrial sponsor for UK/EU students.
This studentship is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The sponsor company designs and manufactures energy-efficient control and monitoring systems for the refrigeration industry. With 30 years of industry experience and a focus on energy efficiency and energy reduction, the company delivers direct and indirect energy savings, improved control and greater operational efficiency worldwide.
The proposed innovation adds an exciting new subsystem to optimise and significantly improve the accuracy and efficiency of the refrigeration process. It could be applied in a number of formats worldwide to deliver: lower energy consumption; reduced equipment operation; reduced equipment maintenance and lower costs for retailers. The technology has the potential to save mega-tonnes of carbon and significantly contribute to the UK’s climate change targets by 2030. In this project, you will apply your electronics and electrical engineering skills to: developing a suitable and commercially viable hardware sensor; verifying sensor placement and analysing digital signals.
This is an exciting opportunity to gain skills and experience in the highly-marketable areas of DSP and the Internet of Things.
1. Establish and verify a low cost, robust and reliable sensor.
2. Verify the sensor's ability to detect key signals for use with digital signal processing analysis.
3. Verify the best position and mount for optimised/accurate data and digital signal analysis.
4. Verify the sensor can operate in the varying conditions created by the refrigeration process.
5. Provide a report and evidence of the research and conclusions to the University of Chester and the company.
1. Knowledge of DSP tools such as MATLAB, Audacity or similar.
2. Skilled in electronics design for sensor interfaces.
3. Capability to use DSP tools and build interface circuits to micro processors.
First degree (2:1 or above) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering or Mathematics (essential).
You will be a motivated and dynamic person, with a demonstrable capability to conduct independent research.
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency to IELTS 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in each band or equivalent.
This studentship attracts a tax exempt stipend of £15,000 per annum. Post graduate fees are funded for UK/EU based students. International students will be required to make an additional contribution to their post graduate fees. The successful applicant will be invited to choose whether to pursue an MPhil or MRes, depending on their career objectives, however minor variations in funding and course structure and duration will apply. Further details on this are available from Dr Andrew McLauchlin [email protected] +44 (0)1244 512494.
A completed University of Chester Postgraduate Research Degree (MPhil/MRes) application form including contact details of two referees (at least one must be familiar with your most recent academic work).
Candidates should apply online via the University of Chester website page https://www.chester.ac.uk/research/degrees/studentships and specify their reference number when applying. The reference number is: RA001801
Shortlisted candidates will be notified soon after the closing date. Interviews will normally be held in the two weeks following the closing date.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to initially contact Dr Gerard Edwards [email protected] Tel. 01244 512314 to discuss the project further. For general enquiries contact Postgraduate Research Admissions, University of Chester at [email protected]
Closing date: 31st January 2018
The MSc in Advanced Process Integration and Design started in the Department of Chemical Engineering (UMIST) over twenty years ago. The programme was a result of emerging research from the Centre for Process Integration, initially focused on energy efficiency, but expanded to include efficient use of raw materials and emissions reduction. Much of the content of the course stems from research related to energy production, including oil and gas processing.
The MSc in Advanced Process Integration and Design aims to enable students with a prior qualification in chemical engineering to acquire a deep and systematic conceptual understanding of the principles of process design and integration in relation to the petroleum, gas and chemicals sectors of the process industries.
Overview of course structure and content
In the first trimester, all students take course units on energy systems, utility systems and computer aided process design. Energy Systems develops systematic methods for designing heat recovery systems, while Utility Systems focuses on provision of heat and power in the process industries. Computer Aided Process Design develops skills for modelling and optimisation of chemical processes.
In the second trimester, the students choose three elective units from a range covering reaction systems, distillation systems, distributed and renewable energy systems, biorefining, and oil and gas processing. These units focus on design, optimisation and integration of process technologies and their associated heat and power supply systems.
In two research-related units, students develop their research skills and prepare a proposal for their research project. These units develop students skills in critical assessment of research literature, group work, written and oral communication, time management and research planning.
Students then carry out the research project during the third trimester. In these projects, students apply their knowledge and skills in process design and integration to investigate a wide range of process technologies and design methodologies. Recent projects have addressed modelling, assessment and optimisation of petroleum refinery hydrotreating processes, crude oil distillation systems, power plants, waste heat recovery systems, refrigeration cycles with mixed refrigerants, heat recovery steam generators, biorefining and biocatalytic processes and waste-to-energy technologies.
The course also aims to develop students' skills in implementing engineering models, optimisation and process simulation, in the context of chemical processes, using bespoke and commercially available software.
Industrial relevance of the course
A key feature of the course is the applicability and relevance of the learning to the process industries. The programme is underpinned by research activities in the Centre for Process Integration within the School. This research focuses on energy efficiency, the efficient use of raw materials, the reduction of emissions reduction and operability in the process industries. Much of this research has been supported financially by the Process Integration Research Consortium for over 30 years. Course units are updated regularly to reflect emerging research and design technologies developed at the University of Manchester and also from other research groups worldwide contributing to the field.
The research results have been transferred to industry via research communications, training and software leading to successful industrial application of the new methodologies. The Research Consortium continues to support research in process integration and design in Manchester, identifying industrial needs and challenges requiring further research and investigation and providing valuable feedback on practical application of the methodologies. In addition, the Centre for Process Integration has long history of delivering material in the form of continuing professional development courses, for example in Japan, China, Malaysia, Australia, India, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Europe, the United States, Brazil and Colombia.
Assessment is a combination of examinations and submitted coursework.
Examinations take place in the January and May of each year at the University of Manchester. Distance learning students who do not live in mainland UK can take examinations at a local British Council office or University. You would be expected to meet the cost of the supervision of each exam if taken away from Manchester.
The Dissertation Project forms a major part of the MSc course and provides useful practice in carrying out academic research and writing in an area that you are interested in. You learn to apply your knowledge by solving industry-based problems and demonstrate the knowledge you have acquired by solving an original problem. You choose a topic from a wide selection provided by the University's teaching staff and by industry. Students have the opportunity of working with large engineering or engineering software development companies and The Process Integration Research Consortium (comprising approximately 30 international companies) also provides opportunities for students to discuss project work in a large number of engineering related areas.
A full list of course units is avaialble here
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: [email protected]
The MSc course in Advanced Process Design and Integration typically attracts 40 students; our graduates have found employment with major international oil and petrochemical companies (e.g. Shell, BP, Reliance and Petrobras and Saudi Aramco), chemical and process companies (e.g. Air Products), engineering, consultancy and software companies (e.g. Jacobs and Aspen Tech) and academia.
This programme is accredited by the IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers).
Climate change and limited fossil fuel reserves are creating an unprecedented demand for renewable energy and Hull, on the Humber - Britain's energy estuary, is the ideal location to study energy engineering.
This MSc will prepare you for specialised industry roles in energy engineering or allow you to advance to specialist PhD study in energy and sustainability engineering.
A strong emphasis is placed on the practical application of knowledge. The University has strong, direct links with industry, providing you with opportunities to work on real-world engineering projects.
There are two pathways leading to the following awards:
MSc Energy Engineering: Energy Technologies in Building
A mainly design-based programme, involving energy consumption analyses in building, building services (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) systems design, as well as renewable energy (solar, ground soil, wind, biomass and fuel cell) application in buildings. The projects are specifically tailored to solve practical problems.
MSc Energy Engineering: Renewable Energy Technologies
An opportunity to study a range of technologies from PV and solar thermal to biomass, wind and tidal. Students will have access to experimental facilities in all of these areas as well as the possibility to investigate resource modeling and design of novel harvesting devices.
This MSc will prepare specialists with advanced skills in distinct areas of energy engineering. A very strong emphasis is placed on the practical application of theory.
The programme comprises a combination of lectures, practical/design exercises, tutorials, computer-based process simulation and optimisation, and resource-based, problem-based and enquiry-led learning.
Semester one comprises core modules that will provide you with a general background knowledge of the energy industry, including economics, policy and impact assessment as well as a technical overview.
Students will then follow their specialist path, selecting three further modules from options including:
You will develop competence and confidence in the application of engineering knowledge and techniques to a range of industrial and real-world energy-related problems.
You will develop a good theoretical and practical understanding that balances the core fundamentals with the latest industry and research practice.
A final project and dissertation will enable you to identify and apply theory and practice to the analysis and solution of complex engineering problems.
* All modules are subject to availability.
The energy engineering industry is expanding rapidly and employment opportunities are high. An increased focus on renewable energy projects is creating demand for sector specialist engineers.
This programme provides you with the skills, competencies and knowledge to be successful in the workplace or will prepare you to advance to specialist PhD study in energy and sustainability engineering.
There are many opportunities to work with energy companies during the programme, enhancing your employability.
This MSc has a host of industry advisors from companies and organisations likely to offer employment opportunities to students completing the programme.
Our industry partners include Spencer Group and NPS Humber Limited. The Humber is the largest Renewable Enterprise Zone in the UK. Green Port Hull, a collaboration between Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Associated British Ports, promotes investment and development of the renewable energy sector in the region.