Supplemental Call for Project Proposals for 2020 Cohort in response to COVID-19 pandemic
The ‘Energy Resilience in the Built Environment’ (ERBE) CDT represents an exciting partnership between MaREI (Ireland), University College London (UK), and Loughborough University (UK) that is funded through the SFI-EPSRC ‘Centres for Doctoral Training’ (CDT) Programme. The CDT will provide students with a deep understanding of buildings, low and zero carbon technologies and the socio-technical context.
The post-pandemic world will see a new reality for the built environment; both residential & commercial. One of the themes & project areas of the ERBE CDT is Comfort, Health & Wellbeing; which allows for a research focus on building, energy, and ICT systems that create productive and efficient work and operational environments and affordable, clean, safe homes.
This supplemental call focuses solely on the link between this theme and the impact the current pandemic will have on the ability to create these safe, affordable, healthy & operational homes and work & operational environments.
We are currently seeking proposals for additional PhD Project(s) to join the 2020 cohort of ERBE students.
What should the Proposal Include
The proposal must clearly demonstrate alignment to the ERBE CDT Theme 3: Comfort, Health & Wellbeing (further details can be found here) along with an understanding of how the proposal will respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications on the built environment relevant to this theme. The ERBE CDT is a partnership between MaREI & UCL and Loughborough University in the UK and there is a co-supervision requirement for all projects. However, this co-supervision does not have to be confirmed for the proposal to be submitted.
How to Apply
Please use the Template Document for Supervisors – COVID 19 Call – May 2020 to submit your project proposal to Aoife Dunne, ERBE CDT Programme Manager to email@example.com by 5.00 p.m. Friday 5th June.
Following the 5th June deadline, all submitted project proposals will be included in the Call for prospective students. In their application for this PhD position, prospective students will be asked to rank their order of preference of the submitted proposals along with submitting a research motivation statement outlining their suitability to this PhD programme and their preferred proposal. A successful project will be a combination of a robust project proposal with a strong suitable candidate. The number of projects awarded will be at the discretion of the ERBE Management Team.
ERBE CDT Programme
The ERBE CDT PhD Programme will provide the knowledge, research and transferable skills to enable outstanding graduates from physics to social sciences to pursue research in one of three themes:
- Flexibility and resilience: the interaction between buildings, both domestic and non-domestic, and the whole energy system, through new generation, storage, and energy efficiency technology, enabled by smart control systems and new business models.
- Technology and system performance: demand reduction and decarbonisation of the built environment and its utilisation through design, construction methods, technological innovation, cyber-physical monitoring and control systems and regulation.
- Comfort, health and well-being: building, energy, and ICT systems that create productive and efficient work and operational environments and affordable, clean, safe homes.
There are currently 4 ERBE students across UCC, CIT, NUIG & TUD with another 4-5 students expected to join the cohort in September 2020. It is a hugely valuable and coveted PhD position with significant investment for training & collaborative opportunities across the partner institutions.
ERBE CDT Management Team
Prof Brian Ó’Gallachoir (UCC) Director
Dr. Dominic O’Sullivan (UCC) Vice-Director
Dr. Jamie Goggins (NUIG) Academic Manager
Aoife Dunne (UCC) Programme Manager