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EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Power Networks

4 year programme in Power Networks

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Power Networks

Power Networks are at the heart of any approach to decarbonise the energy system. The future Power Network will need to support: the integration of renewable generation, the conversion of heating from gas to electricity, the increased use of electric vehicles and the management of demand. Solutions to these challenges will require solutions that are not just technical but also include: social and behavioural change; new financial and business models; and different approaches to planning and governance of Power Networks.

Applications are invited for up to 13 fully-funded PhD places on this 4 year programme including a tax free stipend of £17,500pa (equivalent to a salary of circa £22,500pa).

By the end of the programme not only will you have received high quality training on a specific research topic, you will have also developed invaluable skills and experience across research boundaries that address problems for industry, government and the community.

The programme consists of an initial multi-disciplinary 9-month taught programme followed by 3¼ years of focused PhD level research.

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Power Networks at the University of Manchester is specifically established to address these issues by providing a cross-disciplinary research environment involving:

4 year programme in Power Networks
  • An integrated team of PhD supervisors from Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Architecture, Planning, Humanities and Business disciplines.
  • The UK's largest Power Networks engineering research group with access to unique and nationally important test facilities
  • A structured programme of personal and professional development alongside formal academic training
  • Strong involvement from industry from across the Power Networks value chain. These represent: the OFGEM regulated network operators, plant and equipment manufacturers, SMEs and companies that design, build and maintain the UK's Power Network infrastructure.

We welcome applications from UK nationals and EU citizens, resident in the UK for > 3 years, who have or expect to obtain a First or good Upper Second class honours degree, or a good first degree with an additional Masters degree at a distinction level (or international equivalents) in one of the subject areas listed below:

  • Engineering: Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical or Civil
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Geography/Planning
  • Economics/Business
  • Other subject areas of relevance and importance to the future Power Networks sector.
4 year programme in Power Networks
Alternative Dispute Resolution [ADR] in Power Network Operation [A Study of the Wholesale Electricity Market]Details
Application of Vegetable Oils in High Voltage Power Equipment (FULLY FUNDED)Details
Carbon emissions from a power system with high-penetration of spatially distributed renewablesDetails
Consumer-driven energy management for networks of intelligent buildingsDetails
Cooperative distributed optimal resource management in microgrids based on multiagent frameworkDetails
Development of distribution networks with low carbon technologies and smart solutionsDetails
Heating and Cooling Demand Effects on Power Networks in a Changing Climate: influence of new housingDetails
Investigation on the potential of retrofilling SF6 alternatives in existing gas insulated equipmentDetails
Learning from public engagement in multiple sectors to help plan power infrastructure – what can we learn from what is already happening in communities?Details
New cityscapes of micro-energy storageDetails
Re-Framing Environmental Impact Analysis for Power Infrastructure using GIS (FULLY FUNDED)Details
Re-inventing power networks: The promise and challenges of energy BlockchainDetails
Resilience Assessment and Adaptation of Critical Infrastructures to Extreme Weather and Natural HazardsDetails
Smart Insulators: Embedded Sensor Technology & Self-Powered CommunicationsDetails
Smart low carbon load systems for future power networksDetails
Solid-state transformer in next generation power networksDetails
Stability certification of HVDC Control Systems in weak gridsDetails

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