Further information for graduates

About the centre

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation brings together the expertise, resources and global contacts of Lancaster University and its partners to deliver research & development for innovative businesses.  Launched in 2012 the Centre has won two national awards for its ground breaking approach to sustainable R&D and knowledge exchange.


SME-led collaborative R&D partnerships with the world leading research of the university support the development of new products, processes and services for the global marketplace, which by virtue of their use, manufacture, raw materials, reuse or disposal, deliver positive environmental impacts.  Our aim is to support the transition to a “low carbon” resource efficient and circular economy in all sectors.

Up to 80 three year funded graduate researcher positions available

The programme is open to graduates of any age, whether from the UK, EU or worldwide. You will be judged on your academic qualifications and possibly your work experience and expect competition to be high, only the best will be selected. We are looking for 80 exceptional people with significant ambition, high quality academic track-records and a passion to turn the highest quality research into real world commercial solutions and environmental benefits to address global challenges.

Partner with a high-growth innovative science & technology enterprise

The centre's graduate programme is designed to give outstanding graduates enviable opportunities to kick-start a well-paid career in the UK and overseas, by linking doctoral-level research with an ambitious and growing Northwest UK enterprise. Our programme is pioneering and uniquely aligned with the specific needs and goals of a cohort of 80 specially selected high-growth businesses from across a range of sectors including (but not limited to) the aerospace, automotive, chemicals, energy and environmental technologies, agri-tech, materials and high value manufacturing sectors.

Work on a collaborative project with business whilst gaining a PhD or Masters by research degree.

We are seeking innovative people prepared to work in challenging roles, to embed themselves in a partnership between academia and business, to undertake intensive R&D on a specific research project for a business and add real value to the business, whilst expanding their own knowledge. This ensures the relevance of our programme towards current research-intensive growth sectors and encourages knowledge exchange, the early adoption of emerging ideas in science and engineering and embeds innovation at the heart of each business we partner with.

Graduates may spend up to 50% of their time based with a partner company over the course of their 3-year PhD or 1-year Masters projects.

What kind of Graduates are we looking for?

This prestigious funded R&D programme starts in October 2016 and is available to 40 graduates with first degree or equivalent qualifications in:

  • Chemistry and chemical engineering
  • Computing and Communications
  • Environmental sciences
  • Natural, Biological and Earth Sciences
  • Ecology and conservation
  • Geography
  • Mechanical and electrical engineering
  • Applied mathematics
  • Life Sciences and biotechnology
  • Physics and quantum technologies

What we are seeking are graduates with the right understanding and skills to address the challenge raised by each individual project which will vary from project to project.



International graduates

The centre is delighted to welcome international graduates to apply for the graduate researcher positions. The international perspective and understanding of the global challenges benefits all our researchers.  International applicants are however specifically reminded of the need to comply with the university requirements for English language qualifications which apply to all PhD and Masters by research applicants.

Attention is drawn to the university fees structure for international students. The agreed funded contribution towards fees from the business partner is set at the EU fees rate p.a. International applicants will need to consider how they will fund the remainder of the International fees per year.