Saturday, June 11, 2016

Aston University PhD Studentship at School of Engineering and Applied Science, UK



PhD Studentship (3 years) - Time-delay feedback methods and their application in power electronic systems

Engineering and Applied Science - Studentships

Contract Type: 
Fixed Term (3 years)
Basis: 
Full Time
Closing Date: 
Thursday 30 June 2016
Reference: 
R160135
Time-delay feedback methods and their application in power electronic systems
Applications are invited for a three year postgraduate studentship, supported by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be undertaken within the Non-linearity and Complexity Research Group http://www.aston.ac.uk/ncrgat Aston University.  The successful applicant will join an established theoretical group working on complex systems.
The position is available to start in October 2016 (subject to negotiation)
Financial Support
This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance of £14,057 in 2015/16.
Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, currently this is £11,448.  As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or, secured this additional funding, and confirmation that this funding support is in place will be required as part of the application process..
Background of the Project
The spatio-temporal dynamics of many nonlinear systems, like intra-cellular biochemical processes, ecological systems or electronic devices can be manipulated and controlled by artificial, external feedback loops. The careful implementation of such feedback loops leads to a better understanding of the system and allows to control undesirable states and induce novel ones. A large class of such dynamic systems can be described by time-delay differential equations. This project proposes to first study in detail generic time-delay models analytically and numerically. Subsequently, and in collaboration with the Aston University Power Electronics and Power System Group, more specific models are developed and implemented for application in power electronicssystems. Important parts of this project are to study the influence of fluctuations and to compare to alternative control methods.
Person Specification
The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in Mathematics, Physics, or Electrical Engineering.  Preferable skill requirements include knowledge/experience of analytical and numerical modelling of nonlinear processes. Experience in spatio-temporal dynamics, control methods and modelling of electronic systems is desirable.
For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the Non-linearity and Complexity Research Group, contact Michael Stich by email m.stich@aston.ac.uk
The online application form, reference forms and details of entry requirements (including the required English language level) are available on the Aston University website at
Applications should also be accompanied by a brief review of relevant research literature.

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