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Closing the Energy Gap: Fully-funded, four-year studentship

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    Dr D Allinson
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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The EPSRC CDT in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment (ERBE) brings together established energy research centres at Loughborough University and University College London with the MaREI Research Centre (Ireland). We provide a unique opportunity to work with leading researchers on multi-disciplinary projects integrated with industry and provide a comprehensive skills and development programme.

Full Project Detail:

The latest evidence from field measurements suggests that energy demand of UK homes is significantly greater than intended. This energy gap is in part because the energy efficiency of the walls, roofs and floors is worse than expected.

Smart meters will be installed in every home in the UK and there is an international effort to turn the data from these meters into building performance information. New test methods are being developed and existing ones written into standards. Research is needed to understand the accuracy of these methods.

This PhD will build on research being undertaken in an international network which is developing the methods and metrics needed to evaluate and communicate building performance to households and a wider range of stakeholders. The research will utilise data from the UK’s largest field trials, require measurements made in our test houses and use the latest modelling software.

The successful applicant will join the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment at Loughborough.

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Applicants having a background in STEM subjects, architecture or other building and energy-related disciplines are particularly welcomed. A relevant master’s degree and/or employment experience will be an advantage.

Contact details:

For information about the project, please contact:

Name: Dr David Allinson
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 223643

For information about the application process, please contact:

Name: Mr Berkeley Young
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222611

How to apply:

Applications should be made online at and must include an outline research proposal. Under programme name, please select Energy Resilience and the Built Environment. This document will help you though the application process.

Please quote reference number: ERBE20/Gap

Funding Notes

The four-year studentship is intended to start by 1 October 2020 and provides a tax-free stipend of approx. £17,285 a year for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. In order to qualify for a full award, all applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including the minimum UK residency requirement

We also accept applications from students who wish to self-fund, are in receipt of an independent scholarships or who are fully industry-funded; this must be indicated clearly on your application.

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