Study with ICAM

As bp-ICAM continues to grow PhD opportunities are regularly available across our projects and partner universities. Opportunities are available at The University of Manchester, Imperial College London, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Check out our current opportunities highlights, partners PhD recruitment pages, and associated CDT sites to discover your next challenge. Recruitment processes are managed by the human resources departments at the advertising institution.

Current Opportunities

High Throughput Electrocatalysts Discovery for Water Oxidation in PEM Electrocatalysis at Imperial College London

Applications are open for a funded PhD position looking into the scaling up of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) water electrolysis for the production of green hydrogen. Titled, “High Throughput Electrocatalysts Discovery for Water Oxidation in PEM Electrocatalysis”, the aim of this PhD project will be to discover stable and efficient catalysts for the anodic oxygen evolution reaction in PEM electrolysers.

Starting in October 2022, the position is based at Imperial College with some work at the University of Manchester. The studentship is supported by an industrial case studentship, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and bp.  The closing date for applications is currently August 2022 or earlier if the position is filled. More details about the position and how to apply can be found via the link below.

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Storage of Hydrogen in Nano-Confined Hydrates at Imperial College London

ICAM is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity to study for a PhD at Imperial College London, exploring the feasibility of storing hydrogen in water clathrates stabilized within nanoporous materials.

This is an industrially-funded CASE 4-year PhD position, funded by bp and EPSRC and only UK (home) students are eligible to apply. It is aimed at 1st class undergraduate students of Chemical Engineering, Physics, Materials, Chemistry or similar disciplines who have confidence in coding, and ideally some background in molecular simulations and machine learning.

If you are interested in applying for this position, or would like further information on eligibility criteria and the application procedure, please contact the project supervisor, Professor Erich Muller, at  or via the link below.

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University Partners

PhD opportunities are available on a wide-range of research projects, all with real-world applications.

Take a look at the pages of our university partners for up to date opportunities:

Centres for Doctoral Training

ICAM also has involvement with a number of Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT’s). Students taking part in these programmes undertake a taught year before progressing to an industry-set PhD research project.

More information on the latest opportunities at our associated CDT’s can be found below:

Theory and Simulation of Materials

Advanced Characterisation of Materials

Materials for Demanding Environments

Computational Methods for Materials Science

Advanced Metallic Systems – Challenges in Future Metals Manufacturing