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Industrial Masters by Research: Development of micro climatic sensor array


Course Description

The Industrial Masters by Research is is supported by the University of Salford and by Dyer Environmental Controls Ltd

Supervisors: Professor Will Swan and Richard Fitton

It will run for 1 year and includes:
• A fee waiver
• A stipend of £15,363 p.a.

Candidates must have settled status in the UK and meet the Residency Requirements of EPSRC – see below.

Description:

An exciting Industrial Masters by Research opportunity has arisen out of the ongoing relationship between the University of Salford and Dyer Environmental Controls Ltd.

Highlighted by the recent flooding issues in the UK, Dyer Environmental Controls Ltd believes that there is a need for improved weather detection and is looking to design a low-cost , wireless weather sensor and transmitter to enable early warning sensing and quantitative data for analysis. Dyer believes this data can be used for many applications e.g. flood warning/defenses; agricultural irrigation control; building automation; and the data collection for future modelling.

The aim of this Industrial Masters project is to produce a trialed and tested working prototype unit which Dyer Environmental can then look to submit for commercial development.

The collaboration

The School of Built Environment at the University of Salford has a strong track record of working with industry. The placement will be with the Applied Buildings and Energy Research Group, which is home to the Salford Energy House. Over the last 5 years we have developed detailed knowledge of sensors to understand both internal and external environments that are used in both laboratory and field environments.

Dyer Environmental Controls Ltd has worked closely with the University of Salford for the past 8 years, completing a 2.5 year KTP project and also sponsoring a PhD student. Dyer has also worked on various projects with the University of Salford’s Energy House. Now celebrating its 25th year, Dyer has worked within the ventilation and building automation sectors and is constantly striving for innovation. Dyer’s success is through customer relationships and flexibility – providing the most efficient and most effective solution for their customer’s needs. The KTP project succeeded in bringing a new product to market and is now sold globally.

Candidates:

The preferred candidates must have a good understanding of:
• A suitable undergraduate level award in electronics/electronics engineering
• The design/implementation and construction of analogue and digital electronic circuits.
• A good working knowledge of C & C++ for embedded microcontrollers, wireless/ mobile communications and PCB layout and design.
• Should have a working knowledge of meteorological or environmental sensors

Candidates are asked to provide a personal statement describing their background, skills, academic interests and their motivation for doing a Masters in no more than 2 sides of A4. This should include evidence of being able to work independently to a high standard, collaborate with others, and excellent writing skills.

The Successful candidate will work mainly on the premises of the University but will spend a significant amount of time at the Company Partner premises.

Funding:

This Industrial Masters by Research studentship is only available to students with settled status in the UK, as classified by EPSRC eligibility. http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/students/Pages/eligibility.aspx

Eligibility: Residence requirements

To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees) a student must have:

• Settled status in the UK
• Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant.
• Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals)

Enquiries: Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Will Swan by e-mail
Applicants should send a curriculum vitae and a covering letter explaining their interest to Vicky Beckett

Application deadline: Friday 22nd July 2016.

Entry Requirements

The preferred candidates must have a good understanding of: • A suitable undergraduate level award in electronics/electronics engineering• The design/implementation and construction of analogue and digital electronic circuits.• A good working knowledge of C & C++ for embedded microcontrollers, wireless/ mobile communications and PCB layout and design.• Should have a working knowledge of meteorological or environmental sensors

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Recipient: University of Salford

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