Postgraduate Research Studentships

One PhD scholarship available

The ARU is part of a European project 'ACOUTECT' running from January 2017 until December 2020 - see The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement number 721536. ACOUTECT marries “Acoustics” and “Architect” and responds to the important role that Acousticians have in the design of modern buildings. The overarching aim of ACOUTECT is to set up a PhD training network on building acoustics and react to the acoustic challenges stemming from modern building concepts to deliver sustainable indoor environments with respect to health and well-being. The coordinator of the project is Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). 

The ARU are currently seeking an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) for a duration of 36 months to carry out a fully-funded PhD with us. Please follow the application instructions at both Recruit Liverpool and www.acoutect.euDeadline for applications is 30th October 2017.

EU Eligibility criteria: "The applicant may be of any nationality. The applicant shall at the time of recruitment have an IELTS of at least 6.5 (or accepted equivalent – see Entry Requirements) and be in the first four years of his/her research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when the applicant obtained the degree, which would formally entitle him/her to register as PhD candidate. The applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment.”

Modelling of structure-borne sound transmission in lightweight buildings (ESR3)

The research for the PhD will focus on the development of prediction models that can inform engineering design on noise and vibration transmission in lightweight buildings, particularly from machinery and impacts from people. There are several critical or unresolved aspects that need to be addressed: (a) modelling of vibration transmission across lightweight framed walls and floors which cannot be treated as precise periodic structures, (b) predicting maximum Fast time-weighted sound pressure levels in rooms due to building machinery and heavy impacts from people on lightweight floors (c) prediction of low-frequency airborne and impact sound insulation. 

The modelling will be based around approaches such as Finite Element Methods (FEM), and steady-state and transient forms of Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA). The aim is to provide validated approaches to prediction that can be based around numerical models in combination with laboratory measurements. 

The research will equip the ESR with skills and experience relevant to acoustic engineering jobs in the construction sector or academia, with skills that are potentially transferable to research in the automotive, marine and aeronautic sectors. 

Candidate Profile: All candidates must be fluent in English (Overall IELTS score of at least 6.5). An ideal candidate will have an MSc or MEng in acoustics, mechanical engineering, building physics, or physics, alternatively a candidate with a first class BEng or BSc in one of these topics would also be considered. Experience with finite element modelling, Matlab and signal processing for acoustics would be advantageous.

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For specific questions on the PhD, research topic and the University of Liverpool, please email Professor Carl Hopkins.


The ARU provides a uniquely friendly and stimulating research environment for a mix of full- and part-time postgraduate students, research associates and guest researchers from all over the world. The academic staff, researchers and students are based in office space which is adjacent to the acoustic laboratories with a large central meeting area.

The ARU focuses on research, which means that experimental research work in the laboratories generally takes priority over consultancy; something that is rare to find in universities nowadays. Researchers in the ARU come from a variety of backgrounds including physics, mechanical engineering, architecture, building physics, mathematics, electrical and electronic engineering.

Postgraduate study in the ARU to gain a PhD or MPhil in acoustics is available either full-time or part-time, with registration in either the Faculty of Engineering or the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences depending on PhD topic and your preference.

To be admitted to postgraduate study you will need a good honours degree in an appropriate subject.

  • For UK and EU students that are coming towards the end of their first degree or Master’s degree and are interested in doing a full-time PhD in acoustics then please get in contact before January as it may be possible to apply for an EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant which can provides fees (UK and EU) and stipend (UK only).
  • For prospective PhD students (UK, EU and International) that are self-funded or will be funded by your employer, please get in contact if you wish to discuss potential research topics.
  • For prospective PhD students (UK, EU and International) that are applying for a scholarship to fund the PhD, please get in contact well before your scholarship deadline.
  • For UK students, potential sources of funding for post-graduate studies can be found on websites such as
  • EU and International students will need a suitable qualification in the English Language that is obtained either before coming to Liverpool or in the Applied English Language Studies Unit of the University before starting your research.

Funded projects from research councils or the EU that require the recruitment of research assistants or research students are either advertised on this web page, or on and the University web site. These are usually PhD studentships, post-graduate research posts, or post-doctoral research posts.

Contact: Professor Carl Hopkins (+44 (0) 151 794 4938,