We are recruiting highly self-motivated PhD candidates in the fields of digitalisation of railway energy systems, train operation, traction power supply systems, renewable integration.
The British railway transport demand is forecast to increase by around 40% by 2040, as a result of population growth, socio-economic globalisation and sustainable mobility decarbonisation. The enhancement of capacity and efficiency is the major challenge to the railway network, which is already near saturation conditions. The current technological capabilities do not permit accurate and real-time interaction assessment between the train operation and power networks. Therefore, it is important to develop a holistic approach to improving railway capacity and efficiency.
The PhD will work on the EPSRC Project Connected and Coordinated Train Operation and Traction Power Supply Systems (COOPS) EP/Y003136/1 to develop a digital railway energy system. A digital twin with adaptive timescales and real-time data feeding will be developed to describe the interactions of the connected and coordinated systems. The outputs from the digital twin replicate the characteristics of real-world railway networks precisely. The multi-scenario simulation studies analyse the impact of various system design and control variables on performance, such as infrastructure capacity, efficiency and cost. The system performance will be evaluated and compared with the existing system. This project is also supported by international partnerships through bilateral visits, and engagement workshops with global academic and industry partners. The project will also provide a roadmap for future collaboration on optimising the railway capacity and efficiency for decarbonisation.
Application process and requirement can be found from University of Birmingham Website. Interested students can make an informal enquiry to Dr Zhongbei Tian ([Email Address Removed]) with the subject line 'Prospective PhD Student in Digital Railway', including the following:
• A brief statement explaining your motivation for pursuing a PhD and how your experience makes you a strong candidate to undertake this research (1-page A4 maximum).
• CV containing academic record and relevant experience.
• Contact details for two referees
The PhD student will work at the School of Engineering – Railway and Power groups with a diverse and inclusive working environment. The School of Engineering, at the University of Birmingham, has strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, etc., providing they meet the required criteria.