Research Masters: Improving the performance of low emission vehicles – reducing viscous losses in an electrohydraulic system (1yr paid)

Picture of CarJoin us to work on the next generation of electric cars with our partners at Evectek Ltd. This is a fully funded 1 year MRes scholarship to perform research to improve the range of electric vehicles. This project will look at fluid-flow and flow-losses in an electrohydraulic drive system.  

Key facts:

  • Qualification:

    1 year MRes

  • Start Date:

    September 2020

  • Annual Stipend:


  • Application deadline:

    14th July 2020

  • How to apply

    Please send a CV and covering letter to Dr. Michael Rushton ( and cc to Penny Dowdney ( Please quote reference BUK2209.

  • Who Should Apply?

    Candidates with a background in engineering, physics, materials, chemistry or related disciplines are encouraged to apply.
    The studentship is funded through the KESS2 scheme and appointed KESS 2 students must meet the requirements of this scheme.

  • Find out more:

    Please email Dr. Michael Rushton


Decarbonising transport is crucial in addressing the looming climate emergency. Through this project you will develop the technology required to enable the clean and efficient vehicles needed for this transition.  This project is sponsored by Evectek who are in the process of developing an innovative electrohydraulic propulsion system for low carbon vehicles.

Evectek are a rapidly growing company and this studentship offers a good route for possible future employment with them.

A crucial aspect of the Evectek Drive System is the extensive use of hydraulics.  Through the MRes, modelling and experimental methods will be used to find ways to reduce energy losses in hydraulic systems. Surface treatments (coatings and surface micro-textures) will be developed to reduce drag.  Secondly, the student will build an experimental rig to test these drag reduction strategies.  Improvements in hydraulic systems could bring very widespread benefits across many sectors making this an important piece of work.

During this Research Masters, you will work closely with the scientists and engineers in Bangor University’s Extreme Materials Research Group and Electrical Engineering Department.  You will also have regular contact and receive guidance from Evectek’s engineers.  The project will be led at Bangor by Dr. Michael Rushton who has broad experience of materials science.  He will be supported by Dr. Lee Evitts (Physics), Dr. Simon Middleburgh (Materials) and Dr. James Wang(Surface Treatments).  Your Industrial Supervisor will be George Ryton, the inventor of Evectek’s innovative drive system who brings a wealth of engineering experience from motorsport, Formula 1 (including Ferrari, Minardi and Tyrell) and may other sectors ensuring the industrial relevance of your work. 

Candidates with a background in engineering, physics, materials, chemistry or related disciplines are encouraged to apply.