KESS 2 Scholarships

1.KESS 2 Masters by Research Scholarship: 

Enhanced utilisation of embedded RFID technology with bio-based materials

Bangor University and the Biocomposites Centre

Project ID: BUK2160

Annual Stipend: £11,472

Application Deadline: 30/11/18

Project Description:

We are looking for a graduate with experience in materials science to work on an exciting and industry relevant project whilst gaining a Masters by Research qualification. The successful applicant will work with scientists from the BioComposites Centre – an industry focused centre within Bangor University and with RFIDdirect - a specialist supplier of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology within the European market.  The company is based in Mold, Flintshire and in Kleve, Germany and  specialises in quality product applications and solutions designed to tackle common production and logistical chain issues to speed up business cycles across a range of sectors, from manufacturing and retail, to healthcare and horticulture.

Passive UHF RFID technology uses propagation coupling where a reader antenna emits electromagnetic energy (radio waves). The tag gathers energy from the reader antenna, and the microchip uses the energy to change the load on the antenna and reflects back an altered signal. This is called backscatter. This signal can be read by appropriate receivers and provide information on identification and position. The backscatter can be influenced by the moisture and temperature changes, and pressure on the antenna.

The company require information on how moisture within wood and wood-based materials affects the backscatter signal of RFID technology. The project will therefore, develop an understanding of how environmental conditions affect materials and how this in turn affects the operation and reliability of embedded RFID technology. This will help the company implement critical identification and logistical applications for a range of products.

This funded Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) project will be supervised by Dr Simon Curling from the Biocomposites Centre at Bangor University and by Frits Van Calker of RFIDdirect. The funding includes a generous travel and equipment budget.

We welcome applications from UK / EU residents for a January 2019 start.

How to apply:

Send a covering letter and CV to Dr Simon Curling (s.curling@bangor.ac.uk) cc to Dr. Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk) by 30th November 2018

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

2.KESS 2 Masters by Research Scholarship: 

Enhanced composite nuclear fuel design and manufacture

Bangor University – Nuclear Futures Institute

Project ID: BUK2183

Annual Stipend: £11,586

Application Deadline: 30th November 2018

Accident tolerant fuels – fuels that are currently being developed that can withstand incidents such as those faced by reactors in eastern Japan in 2011 are of significant importance to the nuclear energy industry. The research into accident tolerant fuels represents the largest set of new materials investigations in the industry for over half a century. Composite fuels represent a class of accident tolerant fuels that an not only be safer to operate but provide significant improvements to fuel cycle costs – simultaneously improving the economic viability of nuclear power along with improving its safety.

This project will be part of the international CARAT collaboration investigating accident tolerant fuels with universities and national laboratories from all around the globe – sponsored by Westinghouse Electric Company.

The project will focus on designing, modelling and producing new nuclear fuel concepts for the industry that out-perform the current UO2-based fuels in terms of performance and safety. The project will be a combination of atomic scale and neutronic simulations, as well as targeted experimental investigations in the new facilities at the Nuclear Futures Institute at Bangor University. The project sponsor: Westinghouse Electric, will be very involved with the project allowing the MRes candidate to gain significant experience in not only nuclear fuels research but also experience in the overall nuclear energy industry.

 We are targeting highly motivated individuals who see themselves playing a leading role in the UK’s nuclear energy programme. A background in materials science, physics, chemistry or related subject is preferred.

 To apply for this studentship, please email a CV, a degree transcript and a cover letter detailing your motivation and experience to Dr Simon Middleburgh s.middleburgh@bangor.ac.uk  and cc to Dr Penny Dowdney p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk. Closing date for applications is 30/11/2018. For enquiries please email s.middleburgh@bangor.ac.uk.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

3.KESS 2 Masters by Research Scholarship: 

Advanced Nuclear Alloy Performance

Bangor University – Nuclear Futures Institute

Project ID: BUK2184

Annual Stipend: £11,586

Application Deadline: 30th November 2018

New zirconium alloys are being designed for operation in light water reactors including the proposed new build on Anglesey – Wylfa Newydd. The project will be part of the international MUZIC programme, gaining a mechanistic understanding of zirconium corrosion – with other universities including University of Manchester, Imperial College London, the University of Oxford, Penn State University and international national laboratories.

The project will focus on gaining a mechanistic understanding of how oxidation in these new alloys proceeds in a mechanistic manner – including the effects of radiation and extreme temperatures. The project will be a combination of atomic scale simulation of these alloys as well as targeted experimental investigations in the new facilities at the Nuclear Futures Institute at Bangor University. The project sponsor: Westinghouse Electric, will be very involved with the project allowing the MRes candidate to gain significant experience in not only nuclear materials research but also experience in the overall nuclear energy industry.

We are targeting highly motivated individuals who see themselves playing a leading role in the UK’s nuclear energy programme. A background in materials science, physics, chemistry or related subject is preferred.

To apply for this studentship, please email a CV, a degree transcript and a cover letter detailing your motivation and experience to Dr Simon Middleburgh s.middleburgh@bangor.ac.uk  and cc to Dr Penny Dowdney p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk. Closing date for applications is 30/11/2018. For enquiries please email s.middleburgh@bangor.ac.uk.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

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