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PhD Studentship - UK/EU students

PhD Project: Influence of the geometry and mechanical properties of solid particles on the rheology texture and organoleptic characteristics of fatbased suspensions

BBSRC – Nestlé Industrial CASE Studentship

The award of the above studentship with industrial support from Nestlé has provided an opportunity for an exciting PhD research programme into the structure-property relationships of complex fat-based suspensions (for foods) at the Institute of Particle Science and Engineering, University of Leeds. The studentship is suitable for candidates who are eligible for tuition fees at the Home rate and covers both fees and maintenance grant.

The objective of the research programme is to investigate the correlations between bulk processing (refining method & recipe) and structure (size & microstructure) on the resulting rheological, textural and sensory properties of fat-based suspensions. This project will include key developments in easy-to-use analytical techniques to characterise these complex semi-solid systems. Such understanding is vitally important to help improve product formulation for enhanced consumer perception.

Value: This studentship covers fees of £3,950 and maintenance at the rate of £13,726 (plus a top up of £3,500) per year for 4 years.

UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been establish for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course.

Number of awards: 1

Entry requirements: Applications are invited from candidates with a good first degree in a science or engineering discipline, such as Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Chemistry and Physics. Please note; as this is a BBSRC award, it is funded for a full four years.

Supervisor: Dr Timothy Hunter,, +44 (0) 113 343 2432 Informal enquiries welcome.

Application deadline: 17 March 2014

How to Apply:

Applications should be made by sending a CV to Dr Timothy Hunter, Institute of Particle Science & Engineering, School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering, University of Leeds, via the email address: For enquiries tel: 0113 343 2432.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office, e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.