University of Nottingham – Laboratory of Urban Complexity and Sustainability (LUCAS)
The Laboratory of Urban Complexity and Sustainability (LUCAS), (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/lucas/index.aspx) is seeking to appoint a PhD studentship in Interoperability for Complex Urban System Simulation, as an important part of a large interdisciplinary Leverhulme Research Programme Grant “Sustaining Urban Habitats”.
Underpinning this ambitious research programme is the development, for the first time, of a comprehensive platform simulating the functioning of the complex socioeconomic systems that are our cities, to test strategies to maximise their sustainability. This requires the modelling of a broad range of phenomena, including: the future and urban climate, land use and transport interactions, the transport of goods and people, buildings’ energy performance and the activities accommodated within them, energy supply, storage and distribution systems, industrial processes, water treatment and distribution, waste treatment… etc. The appropriate resolution of models of these phenomena, and indeed the questions asked of these models, also depends on the spatial extent and complexity of the city under investigation.
Crucial to the success of this endeavour is the design, development and application of a software architecture that will support data interoperability and co-simulation for the modelling of problems of varying complexity and scale. Working closely with other members (PhD students, Research Fellows and Professors) of the interdisciplinary LUCAS team of social, economic, physical and computer scientists this task will be your focus – to help us identify policies and strategies that will maximize the sustainability of our future mainly urban society.
The preferred candidate should have, or expect to obtain, a first-class or good 2:1 honours degree and / or a distinction or high merit at MSc level in a relevant subject area (e.g. computer science, quantitative social science, physics, mathematics, engineering or a cognate discipline). Good object-oriented programming (e.g. Java or C++) skills are required.
Good communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a team as well as independently are essential. A willingness to travel within Europe and to China is desirable.
The studentship will cover PhD tuition fees for UK/EU students, due to funding restrictions, plus a tax free stipend for three years of £14,296 per annum.
Informal enquiries prior to making an application may be addressed to Dr. Peer-Olaf Siebers [email protected]
or to Prof. Darren Robinson, email: [email protected]
To apply, please email a covering letter stating why you wish to apply for and how you fulfil the requirements of this studentship. Please also provide a full CV, a transcript of your academic record and the names and addresses of two referees (in PDF format) to Clair Morton ([email protected]