EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in

Energy Resilience and the Built Environment

EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in

Energy Resilience and the Built Environment

EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment

Fully-funded four-year PhD studentship at Loughborough University in “Intelligent Control for Energy Flexible Buildings”

Decarbonisation. Electrification. Coordination. These items are key to achieving the UK’s new climate target of net zero by 2050. To decarbonise our buildings, we will need to electrify our heating systems to use our renewable energy resources. However, the new heating demands will not always coincide with when the wind blows or the sun shines which is why we will require these systems to intelligently coordinate with the electricity system and each other.

This PhD will focus on developing intelligent control systems that can unlock the energy flexibility of buildings and their energy systems. The student will develop model driven algorithms capable of integrating with commercial building management software. The performance of these algorithms will be evaluated in simulation and physical test beds.


Dr Bianca Howard


12th July 2020

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from graduates with a good bachelor’s degree (1st or 2:1) and/or a master’s degree in one of the following areas: physics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, natural sciences, materials science, data analytics, computer science, statistics, psychology, social science, architecture or other building and energy-related disciplines.

Funding notes

If you are an eligible UK or EU applicant, you will receive a stipend which is tax free, plus UK/EU fees for four years (conditions apply). The stipend at Loughborough University will be at least £15,285 (exact amount to be confirmed).

We also accept applications from students who wish to self-fund, are in receipt of an independent scholarships or who are fully industry-funded; this must be indicated clearly on your application.

How to apply

Please click here to apply. This document will help you though the application process: Guide to applications through the Loughborough University portal. In your application quote reference: ERBE20. Mention the Project Title in your application.

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