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EU funded project – PRELUDE Advanced proactive optimisation service for buildings – a PhD opportunity in Environmental Assessment of Buildings with Brunel University London (BUL), the UK

Mechanical Engineering

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Dr V Stojceska , Prof M Kolokotroni No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
London United Kingdom Environmental Engineering Mechanical Engineering

About the Project

Applications are invited for one PhD studentship, effective 1 April 2021, for the EU funded PRELUDE project in the field of environmental buildings assessment and is conducted research into advanced proactive optimisation services for buildings. The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend (bursary) £16,500 to £17,000 depending on experience plus payment of their full-time home/UK tuition fees for a period of three (3) years.  

This exciting PhD opportunity will involve lifecycle analysis (LCA) of different materials and new technologies developed in the project to estimate the environmental and cost implications of low carbon buildings. The effect on environment will be assessed using different tolls and software, following the LCA’s stages: (i) definition of scope and goal, (ii) development of relevant inventory inputs and outputs, (iii) assessment of their potential impacts and interpretation of results within the context of proposed targets. The LCA costing and indirect cost as productivity, cost of time, budget allocation and compare long-term expenses with short – term expenses will be analysed. The possible combinations of variables that will give the best performances in terms of energy savings, emissions reduction and minimum cost of energy source will be considered. It will be required significant interactions with the consortium to collect data from building and circular economy researchers then analyse the data, develop strategies and models using LCA software and prepare reports and draft publications.

You will be working together with a supervisory team that brings unique expertise in building services engineering and environmental sustainability. You will have an opportunity to work with the EU consortium of 21 partners from universities and companies and take part in the multidisciplinary research area at Brunel University London (BUL). 

The successful candidate will possess minimum 2:1 Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Science/ Engineering, Building Services Engineering, Renewable Energy Engineering or equivalent qualification(s). Degree in MPhIl, MEng, MSc or industrial experience in sustainable energy and/or knowledge in Life Cycling Assessment’s software such as SimaPro 9 and GABI would be an advantage

How to Apply

Please email all the documents listed below to [Email Address Removed][Email Address Removed] and [Email Address Removed]

 by 26 February, 2021.  

 ·      Your up-to-date CV;

·      A one A4 page personal statement comprehensively summarising your skills and experience;

·      Your degree transcripts and certificates

·      Evidence of English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), if appropriate;

·      Name and contact details for two academic referees.

Interviews will take place during the second week of March, 2021.


Funding Notes

This PhD scholarship is part of a larger project “PRELUDE” and is supported by EU – Horizon 2020. The scholarship covers annual living expenses of £16,500 - £17,000 depending on experience and UK/EU tuition fees. Please note that the studentship will be conditional on securing a place as a PhD student. For more information about this PhD opportunity, feel free to contact Dr. Valentina Stojceska at [Email Address Removed] or Prof. Maria Kolokotroni at [Email Address Removed]

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