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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Storage and its Applications

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 join our ground-breaking Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Storage and Its Applications

Energy Storage and its Applications

We are recruiting graduate Engineers from all disciplines and Chemistry/Biochemistry graduates to join our ground-breaking Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Storage and Its Applications at the Universities of Sheffield and Southampton in October 2017. This brand new Centre is funded by the EPSRC and aims to tackle industrial challenges and develop new technologies and skills that will enable the UK to meet its low carbon targets.

Unique postdoctoral training

  • Engage with international energy research leaders at both Universities,
  • Operate our brand new £5M EPSRC funded Grid Connected Energy Storage research facility,
  • Partner with industrialists
engage with international energy research leaders at both Universities,

As a student in the CDT you will be able to choose a PhD project that either aligns closely with a single partner, or a generic project that is of fundamental application to all industry partners, in a leading Russell Group university environment. Our graduates will have excellent employment prospects, as the energy sector has a significant unmet demand for doctoral employees with relevant experience, to fill the national void in technical development, technical operation and consultancy.

What will studying energy storage involve?

Directly addressing the UK government’s Energy Storage priority area, our graduates will ensure the UK can play a major role in the delivery of a global low carbon economy.

As a graduate of the CDT you will be equipped with:

  • Understanding of energy provision as a complete system.
  • Insight into the socio-economic, policy and regulatory aspects of energy storage.
  • Awareness of how the industry could develop and how to identify new business opportunities
  • Knowledge of at least two technology classes (via two mini projects).
  • Appreciation of industrial challenges and work practices (via an industrial placement).
  • Expert technical knowledge (via a three-year research project focusing on a single storage technology).

The CDT is a training and research centre for a select group of PhD students, in an annual cohort of 10 students, each taking a 4 year studentship with a team of academic and industrial partners. The Centre brings the brightest postgraduate research engineers, leading academic staff, technical experts and major industry partners together in a unique world-leading research environment. The students will tackle the challenging problems that face industry today, and develop new technologies and skills to benefit all partners.

Your training will address a range of energy storage technologies

Electrochemical energy storage (e.g. batteries, super capacitors, flow cells)
Superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES)
Mechanical energy storage (e.g. flywheels, compressed air)
Application technologies (e.g. electric vehicles, smart grids, power electronics)
Thermal storage (e.g. phase change, cryogenic)

Applicant Requirements

  • A 1st or upper 2nd class degree in engineering, materials science, physics, applied mathematics or other relevant discipline.
  • Enthusiasm for original applied research.
  • An enquiring mind and scientific understanding.
  • The ambition to work with industry.
  • The ability and desire to work in a team.

Apply online

Applications for these prestigious studentships is currently open via the online application process at both Southampton and Sheffield (use appropriate weblink):
using code '5892 iPhD Energy Storage & Applications';
using code CPER05 CDT Energy Storage & Its Applications;

or contact Sharon Brown (CDT Centre Manager) to discuss these opportunities directly (contact details at the bottom of this page).

Eligibility criteria for CDT funding is determined by 'UK', 'EU' or 'non-EU' student status as follows:

a) For 'UK' status applicants the CDT in Energy Storage provides fees and an enhanced tax-free stipend of up to £18,000 per year.

b) For 'EU' status applicants that have been resident in the UK for the previous 3 years, the CDT in Energy Storage provides fees and an enhanced tax-free stipend of up to £18,000 per year.

c) For 'EU' status applicants that have not been resident in the UK the CDT in Energy Storage provides fees only (i.e. no stipend).

d) Exceptional self-funded students, or students bringing new fully-funded industrial sponsorship, are eligible to participate within the CDT training and research cohorts.

Why should I choose the CDT in Energy Storage and Its Applications?

The CDT programme is revolutionary, as student cohorts will undertake a world class research project and receive a comprehensive taught education programme in energy storage to become a multi-skilled graduate familiar with international energy statistics analysis, experiences from group based design projects, have had hands-on experience of operating a University owned grid connected commercial battery facility and benefit from being assigned to an industrial supervisor throughout their doctoral study.

The CDT received substantial funding from the EPSRC in 2013, who identified energy storage as a UK priority area with a major skills shortage. This funding compliments our Grid Connected Energy Storage Research Demonstrator, which also received £5M of EPSRC funding in 2013, and provides a full-scale 11kV grid connected energy storage based facility, together with some specific satellite test facilities, to meet small scale research requirements at 415V (for testing phase imbalance, voltage and frequency control for example), and a grid-connected 2MW battery storage system located at the WPD site at Willenhall.

The University of Sheffield has also invested heavily in two major infrastructure projects to provide its Engineering students with world-class facilities for research and teaching, including an Engineering Graduate School for postgraduates which opened in January 2014, and a new £81M Engineering Teaching college which is scheduled to open in 2015.

For the latest information on the CDT Energy Storage visit

Contact us

Sharon Brown, Centre Manager, [email protected] +44(0)114-222-4917

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