PhD: Low-carbon engineering framework for a resilient water network using renewable energy and storage integration (RENU21-R/EE/MPEE/WU) via FindaPhD

Northumbria University

Newcastle upon Tyne, , GB

About the Project

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU)is a collaborative doctoral training programme run by the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham. In addition to undertaking an individual scientific research project at one of the three partner Universities, doctoral candidates will engage with added value training opportunities, for example in business, innovation and internationalisation through a 4-year training programme that has been designed to maximise the benefits of a cohort approach to doctoral training. The start date is 1st October 2021.

Would you like to combine your engineering skills with valuable, real-world experience working with industry to create tangible emissions savings through new research and development?

Every day, millions of gallons of safe, clean water are consumed in the UK, relying on a “hidden” complex network infrastructure. In addition, this infrastructure also plays a critical role in improving the quality of the UK’s river water through wastewater treatment. As small-scale renewable energy generation and storage system including hybrid solar photovoltaics, electric vehicles, battery and water storage have grown in popularity, there is now an opportunity to incorporate these low-carbon technologies into a smart water network to achieve significant carbon emissions savings associated with network operation. To improve operational performance, the interaction with the national electricity grid and advanced remote monitoring techniques using the wireless internet-of-things platform can be examined. New benefits, such as improved power quality, better demand management, and increased resilience, will also be produced. The overall goal of this project therefore is to design, create and validate an engineering framework that satisfies these aims and can be implemented economically.

This is a joint project between Northumbria University and Northumbrian Water and a considerable part of the project will be based at Northumbrian Water where you will be supervised by industry experts and develop valuable business and innovation skills. The project would particularly suit a capable graduate from an electrical and electronic engineering or physics background who has wider interest in problem solving. As a student at Northumbria University, you will join a ReNU CDT cohort and participate in a fully-funded EPSRC 4-year training programme.

The project is supervised by Dr. Haimeng Wu and Prof. Neil Beattie as well as Anthony Browne, Energy Development Manager, at Northumbrian Water. For informal enquiries please contact .

The application closing date is Monday 31st May 2021. Please note that interviews, should they be arranged, will be online rather than in person due to COVID-19.

 Eligibility and How to Apply

Please note eligibility requirement:

• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.

• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.

• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note that applications must include all of the following to be considered:

1.   A research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), and include the advert reference (RENU21-R/EE/MPEE/WU).

2.   You must upload with your application at least 2 reference letters

3.   You must read our privacy notice about how we use your data and acknowledge this by including in your personal statement the following phrase : ‘ I confirm I have read and agreed to the privacy policy in

Deadline for applications: Monday, 31 May 2021

Start Date: 1 October 2021

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community.

* please note: to be classed as a Home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:

• Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or

• have settled status, or

• have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or

• have indefinite leave to remain or enter.

If a candidate does not meet the criteria above, they would be classed as an International student.

Funding Notes

Home and International students (inc. EU) are welcome to apply. The studentship is available to Home and International (including EU) students, and includes a full stipend at UKRI rates (for 2021/22, this is £15,609 pa) and full tuition fees. Also significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).