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Low Energy Cooling and Ventilation in Hot Climates: Fully-funded four-year studentship

EPSRC CDT in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment

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About the Project

Reducing the cooling demand of the domestic sector in developing countries is an essential step in reducing the unsustainable increase in the use of portable air-conditioning in homes and achieving global reduction targets for greenhouse gases. Part of the solution lies in a combination of passive and energy-efficient mechanical systems. Ongoing research at Loughborough University in collaboration with CEPT University in India, is developing these hybrid systems for deployment into apartment buildings.

Previous work at Loughborough has developed control algorithms for these systems. However, there is still a need to address outdoor air and noise pollution which can significantly affect the performance of natural ventilation. This research will use a combination of experimental and numerical methods to develop new methods and metrics for assessing the impact of external air and noise pollution on the performance of natural and hybrid systems.

The successful applicant will join the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment at Loughborough.
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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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.
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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: Prof. Malcolm Cook
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222816
How to apply
Applications should be made online at and must include an outline research proposal. This document will help you though the application process.

Under programme name, please select Energy Resilience and the Built Environment.

Please quote reference number: ERBE20/MC1

Funding Notes

The four-year studentship is intended to start by 1 October 2020 and provides a tax-free stipend of approx. £15,285 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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