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Improving overheating risk assessment procedures in urban dwellings

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, April 07, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Application details

Reference number: ABCE18/CH
Start date of studentship: 1 July 2019
Closing date of advert: 7 April 2019
Interview date: tbc

Loughborough University

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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In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering was ranked first for research environment in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, with 95% of research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its influence on society, the economy and policy. The School boasts world class facilities, with £1.4m recently invested in its 3,000m2 laboratory and one of the fastest High-Performance Computer clusters in the UK.

A key part of the School’s ethos is the extensive links with industry. Many research projects are sponsored and applied by organisations in the civil engineering, construction and transport sectors, and Loughborough graduates are highly sought after by industry and commerce world-wide.

Full Project Detail

The project aims to understand the relationships between urban dwellings and their energy efficiency, the sources of heat gains, overheating risk, indoor temperature and indoor air quality, and the effect on occupant well-being (including morbidity and mortality) in urban environments.

The candidate will assess existing overheating risk assessment methods and their validity by comparing in-situ measurements with predictive modelling and risk assessment procedures. The research aims to understand the limitations of current approaches and to develop proposals for new methods that will enable more robust prediction and assessment of risks. The research is supported by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and will involve collaboration in joint academic/industry research projects.

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Entry requirements

Applicants will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline. A relevant master’s degree and/or relevant employment experience will be an advantage. Previous research experience in energy monitoring, energy modelling, building simulation, and statistical methods or transferable data analytics experience is desirable.

Contact details

For information about the research project, please contact:

Name: Dr Christina Hopfe
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 226 917

For information about the application process, please contact:

Name: Mr Berkeley Young
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222 611

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, please select Civil and Building Engineering (Built Environment).

Please quote reference number: ABCE18/CH

Funding Notes

The studentship is for 3.5 years (42 months) starting in July 2019 and provides an annual tax-free stipend of £14,777 (rising annually in line with Research Council recommendations) plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The student will also benefit from a Research Training and Support Grant of £1,750.

Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is only open to UK/EU applicants. In order to qualify for a full award, all applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including the minimum UK residency requirement View Website.

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