New UROP opportunities will be listed here for one month, and thereafter will appear on the relevant faculty page (UROP website) until notified otherwise by the relevant member of academic staff.


Title of UROP Opportunity (Research Experience) & DetailsExperienced required (if any)Contact Details and any further Information

NEW (21 January 2021)

A new generation of multi-physics models for material degradation and failure: There is an opportunity now to develop a new generation of simulation-based models that can predict material degradation. This is made possible by ever-increasing computer power and the development of new finite element algorithms that can enable simulating concurrent (coupled) physical processes such as mechanical deformation, chemical reactions, diffusion of species and material fracture; so-called multi-physics modelling. These enriched continuum computer models bring quantitative predictive capabilities by resolving the underlying physics while delivering predictions at a scale relevant to engineering practice. Previous experience with Abaqus or COMSOL is desirable. More details on the research can be found in the following YouTube video:

Skills and experience required: An interest in computer modelling (finite element analysis) and mechanics of materials. Previous experience with Abaqus or COMSOL is desirable.

The research crosses the boundaries of mechanical engineering, civil engineering and materials science, and the student is expected to have a strong interest in finite element analysis, materials engineering or fracture mechanics.

Contact: Dr Emilio Martínez-Pañeda, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 249, Skempton Building, South Kensington Campus. Email:; T: +44 (0)20 7594 8188; W:

Further information: There is an opening for one or more UROP positions to work for at least 10 weeks in developing and/or applying this new generation of multi-physics models to a variety of technologically-relevant problems: from predicting the lifetime of wind turbines to enabling a breakthrough in battery technology.

NEW (21 January 2021)

Transition to Zero Pollution: Imperial College's Transition to Zero Pollution initiative has funding for Imperial College London undergraduate students to undertake UROPs (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme) during summer 2021.

This opportunity may be relevant to UROPs being currently developed.

To apply for a Transition to Zero Pollution UROP Scholarship please submit an application form to by 5pm on 10 March 2021. You will be informed of the outcome of your application by the end of April 2021. Further details are available on the TZP website.

About the scholarships: Up to 10 Transition to Zero Pollution Scholarships are available to Imperial College London undergraduate students to undertake UROP projects related to the Transition to Zero Pollution initiative. The scholarships will provide bursaries of £350/wk for projects that are 6-10 weeks in length.

Contact: If you have any questions about the scheme, whether a UROP you are developing would match the objectives of the Transition to Zero Pollution initiative or the application process please get in touch with the TZP initiative manager, Dr Alex Berry.

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