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PhD Studentship in Offshore Renewable Energy Electrical SystemsThe University of Manchester / The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

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  • Full or part time
    Prof I Cotton
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This joint university / industry PhD offers an exciting opportunity to undertake research the development of the electrical systems that ensure we can deliver the energy generated by offshore sources such as wind turbines into the UK electricity system. The PhD is available to support the work of the Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub (EIRH) formed by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, The University of Manchester and Strathclyde University.
The industrial partner, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE) is the leading technology innovation and research centre for offshore renewable energy. They aim to deliver the largest clean growth opportunity by accelerating the creation and growth of UK companies in offshore renewable energy. They enable and support the development of a vibrant indigenous supply chain, provide a clear route to market for innovative new companies and technologies, and direct and pull through applied research from the UK’s world-leading academic base. They use their unique facilities and research and engineering capabilities to bring together industry and academia and drive innovation in renewable energy.
The specific PhD topic will be agreed between the candidate, the supervising member of academic staff and colleagues at ORE. The topic must align with one of the three work-streams of the Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub as follows:
• Improving the reliability and availability of electrical infrastructure components
• Optimising system and subsystem infrastructures
o Offshore substation optimisation
o DC grids
• Developing smart energy systems of the future
o Future internal array and export systems
o Flexible offshore wind solutions
o Regulation, legislation and standardisation
The successful candidate will join a well-established team of engineers and scientists, with a proven track record of research and technology transfer in the area of electrical power systems. The research is likely to involve some travel.

Funding Notes

The award will cover tuition fees at the UK / EU rate. There is also a starting stipend (standard EPSRC rate) for eligible candidates. Please note that due to funding restrictions candidates must be UK or EU citizens (EU residents must have been resident in the UK for 3 years to be eligible for full funding).


Candidates must have a 1st or high 2i in a relevant Engineering subject, Physics or Mathematics. The ideal candidate will also have a strong interest in problem solving, an enthusiasm for modelling, an ability to convert theoretical understanding into practical solutions and an ability to work in a multidisciplinary team with physicists, application engineers, business managers and end-users.

For further information Contact: Prof. Ian Cotton, [email protected] or 0161 306 8735.

How to Apply: In the first instance, please send a CV and 1 page accompanying statement to Mrs Marie Davies, Postgraduate (Research) Admissions, email [email protected] quoting the project reference number CASE/GPR-UV/UM/1603.

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