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Funded PhD studentship: Fit-for-purpose occupant behaviour modelling for simulation-aided occupant-centric design


Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources

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About the Project

The UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering invites applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship focusing on applying fit-for-purpose occupant models in the simulation-aided design processes aiming for high performance built environments.

Details:
• Supervisor: Dr Farhang Tahmasebi, Prof Dejan Mumovic
• Scholarship covers: 4 years tuition fees (UK/EU rate); 4 years stipend (£17,285 for 2020/21, rising slightly with inflation each year)
• Start Date: Autumn 2020
• Funded by: EPSRC (DTP)
• Funding Duration: 4 years
• Eligibility: In addition to UCL's academic requirements for admittance to Doctoral study, this studentship is subject to the following eligibility criteria https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/

Background
The supervisory team co-leads a subtask in IEA-EBC Annex 79 to develop, demonstrate and deploy human-in-the-loop methodologies to design buildings that are comfortable, adaptable and energy-efficient. To this end, the present project specifically investigates the challenges regarding the realization of occupant-centric simulation-aided design strategies.

Aim
The study aims to:
 Systematically review standards, practices and projects involving performance-based simulation-assisted design with a focus on representation of occupants
 Develop methods and guidelines to choose the most appropriate occupant modelling approaches across scales, building types, design stages, climates, and modelling objectives
 Develop, test, and document simulation-based design procedures, including robust design, parametric performance-based design and design optimization.

Person Specification
The candidate will need strong analytical skills and an aptitude for parametric building performance simulation, building physics and data analysis. Candidates should have:
• A bachelor’s degree awarded with a minimum of upper second-class (2:1) honours, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institute.
• A Masters degree in engineering, building design, environmental sciences or other relevant disciplines. Candidates without a Masters degree may be admitted where suitable research or professional experience is demonstrated.
• A strong appreciation of building physics and building design process.
• Experience of building performance simulation and occupant behaviour modelling is desirable.
• Excellent numerical and computing skills.
• The ability to use own initiative, prioritise workload and work as part of a team.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).

Application Procedure
Email a pre-application to [Email Address Removed] with “ESPRC Fit-for-purpose occupant modelling” as the subject. Do not use the UCL online admissions system.
The deadline for applications is: 09.00 am (BST), Monday, 13th July 2020

Please include:
• A covering letter, clearly stating your motivation and your eligibility (see earlier)
• Your CV, including examples of any published paper where applicable.
• The names and addresses of two academic referees.
• A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s) of degree(s).
• A short research proposal (max. 1000 words), which includes a brief summary of the key literature in the field, and outlines possible approaches to the research questions/methods, taking into consideration the project’s aims.
Informal enquiries on the content of the research topic should be emailed to Dr Farhang Tahmasebi ([Email Address Removed]).

Interviews will be held online on Monday 20 July 2020


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