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Funded Masters by Research in Evaluating Air Pollution Instrumentation

Vacancy Details

Salary: £15,000 per annum
Location: Thornton Science Park
Job Type: Full-Time Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Research Staff
Category: Research
Closing Date: 04/23/2019
Date Posted: 04/15/2019
Reference: RA003305A





(Eco-Innovation Cheshire and Warrington Industry Collaboration)

Funded Master by Research

Evaluating a Low-Cost Portable Emissions Testing System in collaboration with Motrac Race Engineering

MRes Studentship in Applied Sciences

offered on a 1 year (FULL TIME) basis, depending on satisfactory progress

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is seeking to appoint a Masters student to conduct research for Eco-Innovation Cheshire and Warrington Industry Collaboration programme. This studentship is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


Motrac Race Engineering has designed a low-cost portable emissions measuring system (PEMS) for testing emissions from vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. The system aims to provide a lower cost solution for a range of users and regulators wishing to make reliable real-world measurements of vehicle emissions. A prototype PEMS system will be constructed and characterised with modules for a number of pollutants of interest, including particulate matter and oxides of nitrogen.

Summary of research tasks and work programme

The work programme will focus on the construction of a prototype PEMS system for the measurement of vehicle emissions and the evaluation of the system against existing technologies.

Develop a software control and data acquisition and analysis system in the LabView programming environment.

Evaluating and improving the performance of the prototype PEMS system on test vehicles in controlled and ambient environments.

Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge

Applicants should have a good Bachelor’s degree (2.1 min) in engineering, chemical engineering or the physical sciences. They should be self-motivated, have a pragmatic approach to problem solving, excellent communication skills with an aptitude for computer programming and electronics.

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency to IELTS 6.5 with minimum score 5.5 in each band or equivalent.

Why apply?

By joining the Faculty of Science and Engineering based at the University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park, you will:

Receive a stipend of £15,000 tax free per year (this will be less for overseas students since a portion of the stipend will be allocated towards higher overseas fees).

Have your tuition fees funded by both the European Regional Development Fund and the University of Chester.

Become part of a cohort of graduates working in a major research and innovation hub for the North West.

Work on a 66-acre site with state-of-the-art laboratories and industrial facilities.

Research and study in a working science park with a number of science and technology-based companies located on site.

Gain a first-hand insight into working in a professional and career-focussed environment.

Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

This MRes attracts a tax exempt stipend of £15,000 per annum. Post graduate fees are funded for UK/EU based students. International students will be required to make an additional contribution to their post graduate fees.

Application process
A completed University of Chester Postgraduate Research Degree (MRes) application form including contact details of two referees (at least one must be familiar with your most recent academic work).

Candidates should apply online via the University of Chester and specify their reference number when applying. The reference number is: RA003305a

Availability for interview

Please be available for interview during the week of the 23/04/2019. Exact time and date to be agreed.

Further information

For further information about the project, please contact Dr Gavin Phillips 01244513929. For general enquiries contact Postgraduate Research Admissions, University of Chester at

Closing date: 23/04/2019


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