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PhD Studentship - Contribution to the transition to a Customer Led Power Distribution System

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Number of awards:


Start date and duration:

April 2019 for 3.5 years.


The transition from Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to Distribution System Operator (DSO) is a complex issue with many possible options for restructuring the distribution sector. Identifying the most appropriate structures that can achieve the best whole system outcome requires advanced understanding of interplays between the operation of markets for energy and for network services, network operation, infrastructure development and the growth of distributed energy resources (DERs).

We will address the problem of how to accommodate large volumes of DERs at the least cost while at the same time delivering value to DERs so that they can thrive in market-based conditions.

1.Consideration of technical factors, market and economic factors under a range of scenarios, interaction between these
2.Consideration of regulatory factors, their impact as a barrier or enabler, their relative impact under a range of scenarios
3.These two previous analyses to be articulated through a number of scenarios, described through a technical framework using appropriate software tools. Uncertainty to be articulated in these scenarios.


Northern Powergrid

Name of supervisor(s):

Dr Haris Patsios ( and Dr Peter Davison (, School of Engineering (

Eligibility Criteria:

You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree in in an engineering or a related subject or international equivalent.

This award is available to international and UK/EU candidates. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

How to apply:

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system by creating an account ( To do this please select ‘How to Apply’ and choose the ‘Apply now’ button.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:
•click on programme of study
•insert 8060F in the programme code section and click search
•select Programme name ‘PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering (full time) – Electrical and Electronic Engineering’
•insert ENG041 in the studentship/partnership reference field
•attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code ENG041 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
•attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

Funding Notes

100% of tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,777 (full award).

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