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PhD Studentship - Biologically inspired underwater soft robotics

School of Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Monday 31 August 2020
Reference:  1243620DA

Supervisor:                 Gabriel Weymouth & Blair Thornton (Maritime Engineering)

Project description

Animals glide effortlessly through amazing underwater acrobatics, while our best underwater vehicles fight against the water during the simplest accelerations and manoeuvres. Using soft robotics, the student working on this project will develop highperformance underwater vehicles capable of biological levels of performance and efficiency. Southampton leads the UK in underwater robotics and biological fluid mechanics, and previous work in this direction has led to world record vehicles (Guinness Book 2019, fastest underwater acceleration) and high profile publications.

Key skills: Fluid mechanics, and depending on the student - interest in either computation/simulation or hands on robotics

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2020 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: full tuition fees for EU/UK students plus for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £15,009 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

How To Apply

Applications should be made online here selecting “PhD Eng & Env (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter Gabriel Weymouth under the proposed supervisor.

Applications should include

Research Proposal

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

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