Fully funded PhD Studentship: Demonstration and Testing of Grid-scale Electrical and Thermal Energy Storage

Newcastle University - Newcastle University – Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research

Funding amount: £16,000 per year tax-free stipend.

Start date and duration: ASAP for a four year duration.

Application closing date: 31st May 2017

Applications are invited from first-class graduates for a fully-funded research studentship within the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research at Newcastle University. Energy research at Newcastle is a major success with almost £50m of funding over the last three years. The successful candidate will benefit from the significant research infrastructure and technical support offered by one of the UK’s largest energy research and training centres.

The PhD Challenge

The International Energy Agency estimates that 310 GW of additional grid-connected electricity storage capacity will be necessary in the United States, Europe, China and India. One promising energy storage technology is Pumped Heat Energy Storage (PHES) which offers storage at low-cost, low footprint and being deployable anywhere.

The National Facility for PHES is a world-leading exemplar of engineering innovation, research and development. The facility includes a first-of-a-kind demonstration of grid-scale PHES energy storage.

The PhD candidate will support the experimental testing of the system and will evaluate the potential of the technology for integration into an energy network facilitating the storage and timely distribution of local heating, cooling and electric power services.


Dr Andrew Smallbone, Professor Tony Roskilly, Dr Haris Patsios

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2:1 in a related subject such as engineering, science, physics or mathematics. Since the funding is provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the fully-funded studentship is only available to those applicants who are either UK/EU nationals or have a relevant connection with the UK (see www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility for more details).

How to apply

Candidates should send a covering letter, detailed CV, including university grades and experience, together with the names and contact details of two referees to andrew.smallbone@newcastle.ac.uk ASAP and before the 31st May 2017.

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