Recruitment is open
The programme of study
Students undertake a four-year (FT) PhD at either Loughborough, UCL or MaREI in one of three themes:
- Flexibility and resilience: the interaction between buildings and the whole supply system, through new generation and storage technology.
- Technology and system performance: demand reduction and decarbonisation of the built environment through design, construction methods, technological innovation, monitoring and regulation.
- Comfort, health and well-being: buildings and energy systems that create productive work environments and affordable, clean, safe homes.
Funded students will receive a stipend which is tax free, plus UK fees for four years (conditions apply). Part-time study is also possible.
Please note: We do not accept applications outside of the main recruitment phases or by CV only.
How and when to apply
Applying to Loughborough: Recruitment at Loughborough University is open.
We have up to 10 fully funded studentships available. You are welcome to apply with a research proposal based on a self-generated project idea, or you can write a research proposal based on one of the project ideas below. Submit your application, including an outline research proposal, by Midnight on 8 January 2023 through the application portal here. When prompted, select the programme ‘Energy Resilience and the Built Environment’, then ‘EPSRC CDT Energy Resilience in the Built Environment’ and quote advert reference ERBE23. For help see here.
Informal enquiries to Civ.Eng.Pgr@lboro.ac.uk.
Applying to UCL: Recruitment at UCL is now CLOSED and will re-open in December 2022.
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Applying to MaREI: Recruitment is currently closed at MaREI
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Recruitment is currently Open at Loughborough University. There are up to 10 fully funded studentships available. You are welcome to apply with a research proposal based on a self-generated project idea, or you can write a research proposal based on one of the project ideas below:
- Improving the modelling of overheating in UK homes
- Closing the energy performance gap
- Reducing the energy demand of UK housing: moisture risk
- Ventilation effectiveness and Indoor Air Quality
- Passive heat exchanges in natural ventilation
- Grey-box building energy modelling
- Digital Twins for Building Energy Performance
- Empirical modelling of domestic energy demand,
storage and production
- Suitability of existing UK dwelling stock for heat pumps
- A socio-technical evaluation of external shading to mitigate summertime overheating in UK homes
- The role of the built environment in response to temperature changes in challenging populations
- Flexible working patterns and occupant’s well-being
- Exploring the sociotechnical interface of energy metrics and energy demand
- Evaluating the performance of 3D Concrete Printing for buildings
- Reliable calculation of infiltration rate
- Assessing the accuracy of in-use measurements and the potential to reliably assigning EPC bands
- The Electric Home and its Role in a Net Zero Carbon Economy
Informal enquiries to: Civ.Eng.Pgr@lboro.ac.uk.
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.
Loughborough University and 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.
MaREI offers funding to UK, EU and overseas students.
All students must meet the minimum language requirements of the relevant organisation.