Sponsored Brunel Industrial Doctorate Scheme (BIDS)

Brunel University London

Industry Sponsor: National Grid UK

Are you interested in a fast track career in Power Systems Engineering that is allied to an environmentally sustainable energy future?   We want to recruit a full time PhD student to research the project PMU Enhanced Voltage Control to Accommodate Increased Interconnection on the GB Transmission System”.   You would be funded by our prestigious ESPRC sponsored 3.5 year Brunel Industrial Doctorate Scheme (BIDS) in Smart Power Networks.  Our BIDS scheme offers environmentally focussed research in an industrial setting along with personal and professional development.  Successful applicants will receive payment of their tuition fees as well as an annual (tax free) stipend of £17,000, and be based at National Grid House, Warwick Technology Park, Gallows Hill, Warwick.

Our project will address the GB transmission networks reactive power reinforcement strategy, which is planned in order to accommodate the increased interconnection on the South Coast of the GB transmission network and massive volumes of solar PV. Without investment to improve the wide area monitoring operation and control of the GB transmission system much of the potential benefits from these schemes may not be fully realised. The proposed project will develop and implement novel coordinated Wide Area Monitoring, Protection and Control (WAMPAC) schemes that will be able to:

  • Provide appropriate level of observability of the network;
  • Accurately measure and visualise the voltage stability limits in near-to-real-time;
  • Enable post event analysis and validation of models with regard to GB transmission network performance;
  • Establish control strategies to optimise equipment performance during network contingencies;
  • Identify the telecoms, data management and asset requirements to support these applications.

Informal enquiries should be sent to Professor Gareth Taylor at gareth.taylor@brunel.ac.uk.

Entry Requirements

You should have or be expecting to gain a first or upper-second class honours degree in electrical, electronic or general engineering, physics or a closely related discipline. A Masters qualification is an advantage but not essential. You must also have a relevant connection with the UK, for example by having resided in the UK for 3 years not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria for funding of an award.  Ideally, you will have a strong personal interest in power systems and developing environmentally beneficial technology for the transmission of electricity.

Please e-mail your application comprising all of the documents listed below by Noon on Monday 31st October 2016 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • A one A4 page statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e.: your skills and experience);
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript;
  • Evidence of English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), if appropriate;
  • Two academic references.

Interviews will take place at National Grid House, Warwick Technology Park, Gallows Hill, Warwick in November 2016.  You should be available for a 1st January 2017 start.

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