PhD (via MPhil) Studentship in Engineering 2017, University of Central Lancashire, UK


May 07, 2017

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Applications are invited for a full time PhD studentship in the Jost Institute for Tribotechnology. The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full-time [subject to satisfactory progress] and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates. International applicants may apply but will be required to pay the difference in tuition fees. It is expected the successful applicant will commence 1 July 2017.

Project Title – Ionic Fluids in Tribotonics

Project Description

This project will examine two features of ionic fluids: how they lubricate tribological contacts in a vacuum, and the effects of electrical fields on their lubricating properties.  Because of their low vapour pressure, ionic fluids have the potential to be used in high vacuum environments, including in space.  They also may be able to be used in Tribotronic situations, where their lubricating properties may be altered by the use of an external field. This project will examine these features both experimentally in our laboratories and theoretically using Molecular Modelling software.

Candidates should have (or expect to hold) a UK Bachelor degree at 2:1 or above in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or a related area (or equivalent qualification).

EU and International applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTs 7.0 (no sub-score below 6.5) or equivalent qualification.

Further information

For an informal discussion about the project please contact Professor Ted Smith email  

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry email quoting the studentship reference number

Closing Date:  7/5/17            

Proposed Interview Date:    16/5/17

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

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Publish Date
April 28, 2017
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