Funded postgraduate opportunities available at Thornton Science Park through Eco-Innovation

Posted on 9th October 2018

The University of Chester is offering fully funded research and development opportunities at Thornton Science Park in Cheshire, for those with an interest in low carbon technology, who want ‘real world experience’ to expand their career prospects.

PhD student Amy Taylor
PhD student Amy Taylor

As a proud delivery partner of Eco-Innovation Cheshire and Warrington, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Chester is offering one year full time Master’s by Research studentships. The chosen MRes students will work alongside SMEs who have signed up to the project, to research, innovate and develop new low carbon technologies.

Tinna Arnardottir, Project Manager of the Eco–Innovation Cheshire and Warrington initiative said: “This is a great opportunity for graduates who wish to expand their knowledge in renewables and new low carbon technologies. Successful postgraduate students can qualify for a tax-free stipend of £15,000 while using their skills to enhance projects led by innovating SMEs in the Cheshire and Warrington area. They will have the opportunity to connect with professionals to bring their ideas to life, while completing further studies.”

PhD student Amy Taylor is researching into petrochemical waste with Core Additive Technologies Limited. She added: “I love being able to bounce ideas off somebody with years of experience. My advice to somebody thinking about furthering their studies would be to be very passionate about the project that they will be doing and also be prepared to do a lot of work - but it really is worth it.”

Another PhD student, David Cann, will be travelling to Australia at the end of the month to present his project at The Greenhouse Gas Technology Conference (GHGT-14). David has been working in collaboration with Thornton-based PMW Research Limited. He is interested in the potential applications of CO2 and re-using the captured CO2 in a circular nature, instead of storing it underground. He said: “Working as part of Eco-Innovation has given me opportunities to network with the wider research community by attending conferences related to my research around the world. Having the opportunity to attend and present my research in this way has helped my development as a researcher.”

Chemical engineering summer placement

The University of Chester has been rated as one of the top 10 places in the UK to carry out postgraduate research. The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is the only UK higher education sector-wide survey to gain insight from postgraduate research students about their learning and supervision experience. The University of Chester was ranked 10th out of 66 institutions for ‘overall satisfaction’.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Chester actively encourages cross-boundary research in energy storage, fuel cells, materials science, smart grids, sustainable processing and bioenergy. This is supported by superb facilities in analytical/surface science, software development and high-performance computing, electronics and pilot scale process technology.

To view current opportunities and to apply visit our Research Jobs web pagePlease note that there is a closing date of October 28, 2018 for the current round of research opportunities. However, the project has a rolling intake, so please contact the Eco-Innovation team if you require further information about future opportunities.

To be eligible, graduates need a First or Upper Second Class degree in Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a relevant degree as well as an interest in developing low carbon technologies. Applicants with a relevant Lower Second Class degree will be considered, subject to interview.

To find out more about Eco-Innovation Cheshire and Warrington call us on 01244 567 370, email or visit our Eco Innovation web pages