University College London

UCL is a welcoming, inclusive university situated at the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities.

UCL is one of the world’s premier universities, consistently ranked in the global top 10. It is a world-class research and teaching institution based in London whose staff and former students have included 21 Nobel Prize winners. Founded in 1826, it was the only university in England at that time which admitted students regardless of race or religion. UCL is an inspiring university in which to work and study and it continues to thrive on the diversity and creativity of its community.

UCL Energy Institute

Faced with the challenge of energy equity, security and climate change, the UCL-Energy Institute aims to accelerate the transition to a globally sustainable energy system through world-class energy research, education and policy support.

UCL-Energy brings together different perspectives, understandings and procedures in energy research, transcending the boundaries between academic disciplines. It enables UCL to draw on all its disciplines to address the energy challenge. It has relevance to and impacts on each of the UCL Grand Challenges: Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing.

The Institute has a core research, teaching and enterprise activity and also acts as an umbrella for energy research across the college.  It has its own multidisciplinary team of researchers and students and also coordinates teams from across the University, providing critical mass and capacity for ambitious projects.

Core researchers at the UCL Energy Institute carry out world-leading research in the fields of buildings, energy systems, people and energy, policy and law, smart energy and transport. These research themes are not mutually exclusive, and many researchers work across two or more themes, ensuring a truly interdisciplinary approach to energy research.

Affiliate researchers across UCL come from more than 20 departments including architecture, planning, laws, psychology, statistics as well as more traditional energy subject areas such as mechanical and chemical engineering and the physical sciences.

UCL-Energy is a young, multidisciplinary research centre, which has very quickly positioned itself at the forefront of energy research in the UK. The institute provides a first-rate learning experience, with our high-quality teaching informed by leading-edge international research.

Visit the UCL Energy Institute website.

Who we are looking for

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

Applicants with other relevant qualifications or extensive relevant industry experience who can show evidence of a scientific and engineering research capability may also apply.

UCL offer funding to UK students. There are limited funded places for EU and overseas students with the same or equivalent qualifications. Self-funded students are welcome to apply.

All students must meet the minimum language requirements of the relevant organisation.

Professor Robert Lowe

Director at UCL

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How and when to apply

UCL will be recruiting for specific research projects in the three themes of ERBE. Projects will be advertised on a rolling basis as they are agreed with supervisors and stakeholders. Each project will have its own application deadline.

Recruitment at UCL is NOW open for the 2022/23 academic year.

UCL is now open for general applications for ERBE CDT.  This is a two-stage process. Further information on APPLY page.

We are currently recruiting for Studentships for the following projects:

Smart Buildings Design and Digital Engineering – read more here 

Dynamic Holistic Life Cycle Assessment: Integrating Embodied and Operational Carbon, Energy, Water and wider ecosystem impacts read more here 

Demand Profiles and Flexibility Insights From Smart Meter Data – read more here 

Informal enquiries email address: We can record your interest and contact you when applications open for available projects for academic year 2022/23.

You can also follow our  Twitter account  – @ERBECDT  –  for ERBE studentships for the next academic year (2022/23).