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PhD Studentship in uncertainty modelling and quantification in dynamic energy

  • Full or part time
    Dr R Preece
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, April 22, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This is an opportunity to undertake research into modelling the way that future energy networks will operate. These energy networks might be very uncertain. They will be dominated by renewable energy sources that generate depending on the weather conditions and cannot be controlled like conventional sources. We will also have more integrated energy networks with greater electrification of heat and transport. The interactions and interdependencies between these energy systems will need to be carefully modelled and analysed to make sure the systems are stable and secure. You will be developing new models that represent the dynamic operation of these future systems and will analyse them to discover how they can be flexibly managed to keep everything running smoothly.
This research project is directly aligned with the latest EPSRC Supergen Energy Networks Hub – a multi-organisational project which delivers and coordinates the UK’s research on energy networks. Dr Robin Preece, one of the Associate Directors of the hub, will supervise you whilst you conduct research to support the hub activities in this area of significant national importance. The award is only open to UK and certain EU applicants only. Please check your suitability at the following web site: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/Pages/eligibility.aspx.
The University of Manchester is Britain’s largest single-site university with a proud history of achievement and an ambitious agenda for the future. The quality, breadth and volume of research activities are unparalleled in the UK as indicated in the results of the independent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). There are 23 academics working in the Power & Energy Division of the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering and they deliver a wide range of research focused on electricity transmission/distribution systems (equipment, system design, operation and markets) and electrical power conversion. There are over 100 postgraduate researchers working on power and energy related topics. We are looking for someone to join who:
• Is enthusiastic, self-motivated, and interested in the energy challenges of the future.
• Has a very good honours degree in engineering, mathematics or a related subject. Some knowledge of statistics and numerical modelling techniques would be a bonus but these skills can be learned.
• Has an enquiring and rigorous approach to research, ensuring that work is always completed to a very high standard.
• Is a good team-worker and can communicate effectively with other researchers, but is also able to work independently to drive things forward.

Funding Notes

Applicants should be educated to at least 1st Class/2:1 (or UK equivalent) BEng (Hons) level and will have a strong numerate, typically 1st, degree in a relevant area

The award will cover tuition fees at the UK / EU rate. There is also a starting stipend (standard EPSRC rate).

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).

References

For further information contact:
Dr Robin Preece, email: [email protected]

If you wish to apply, please email a covering letter, full Curriculum Vitae and the names and contact details of at least two academic referees to Ms Marie B Davies: [email protected]

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