PhD in Engineering in Energy Technologies: Developing an Advanced Computing Platform for Urban/District Energy & Carbon Management and Eco-design

University of Hull - School of Engineering and Computer Science

Campus: Hull

Faculty/Area: Faculty of Science and Engineering

Fixed Term – 36 months

Start date: 17th September 2018

The School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Hull is one of the largest Schools/Departments within the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The School has a long history of excellence in research and in the application of research to address real world problems. The challenges facing the world are complex and require a multidisciplinary approach. As a general engineering school, we are able to bring together a wide range of expertise, experience and facilities to solving such problems. The ‘Energy Technologies Research Group’ is one of the most dynamic teams within the University and has achieved tremendous successes over the past SIX years. We’re now trying to make engineering systems more energy efficient, greener in their effect on the environment and safe, robust and sustainable in operation.

The School is seeking for a qualified PhD candidate who will work on an UK Newton Fund project to develop an advanced computing platform for urban/district energy & carbon management and eco-design based on Guangdong (China)’s energy data base. This platform will comprise: (1) fossil fuel energy consumption evaluation and saving implementation tool; (2) carbon emission prediction & reduction strategy development tool; and (3) renewable energy and eco-design tool.

The post holder will work with a research fellow and other project partners from the UK and China to establish the design theory resulted from dedicated big-data sources, develop a computerised platform for the purpose of energy and carbon performance evaluation, prediction and management, as well as establish an eco-design tool based on cities and districts.

The post holder will be provided with the work programme and will complete various tasks as outlined in the schedule. He/she will attend the regular meetings with the supervisors to identify and resolve problems arising, and prepare technical reports as part of the workload. He/she will also be encouraged to publish papers in refereed journals and international conferences.

You need to have some of the following skills or disciplinary backgrounds: Building Engineering, Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering, or Renewable Energy Engineering, with good experience in computer modelling, simulation and data-processing. You are expected to have good communications skills in English. Knowledge in CFD, urban design, building energy system, and carbon control approach are required. In particular, computer programming is also important to this post.

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This post, open to non EU citizens, is available from 17th September 2018 and offered on a 36-month fixed-term basis.

Informal enquiries about this role may be addressed to Professor Xudong Zhao, Email:

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PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

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