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Low Energy Personal Cooling Systems for Future Climate Resilience: fully funded four-year studentship

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, April 19, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: ERBE20/Cooling
Start date of studentship: 1 October 2020
Closing date of advert: 19 April 2020
Interview date: TBC

Supervisors:
Primary supervisor: Dr Arash Beizaee
Secondary supervisor: 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.

Find out more: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/supporting-you/research/

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.

Full Project Detail

The UK’s housing stock needs to be prepared for increased incidences of warm spells and heatwaves. It is projected that by 2050, thermal comfort cannot be achieved during summers by merely using passive measures and mechanical cooling will be required.

Low Energy Personal Cooling Systems (PCS) is a rapidly developing area with new systems emerging. PCS aim at cooling only the occupied micro-environment of a space and could potentially improve occupants’ thermal comfort and reduce the cooling energy demand.

This PhD aims to evaluate the performance of domestic PCS under the current and future UK climate and provide credible and unbiased evidence about thermal comfort and energy saving benefits of such systems. The research will use Loughborough University’s environmental chambers, thermal manikins, full scale test houses with synthetic occupancy and the latest modelling software.

The successful applicant will join the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment at Loughborough.

Find out more:
http://erbecdt.ac.uk/

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: Dr Arash Beizaee
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 228788

For information about the application process, please contact:

Name: Mr Berkeley Young
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222611

How to apply

Applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/ and must include an outline research proposal. Under programme name, please select Energy Resilience and the Built Environment. This document will help you though the application process.

Please quote reference number: ERBE20/Cooling

Funding Notes

The four-year studentship is intended to start by 1 October 2020 and provides a tax-free stipend of approx. £17,285 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 View Website.
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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