PhD Research Opportunities in Smart Energy Systems
If you’re an ambitious graduate with a background in Science, Maths, Engineering or Technology and a desire to make a significant contribution to the future of smart energy, this could be an ideal opportunity to start a career in research and development.
Using its privately-owned and managed utility networks (power, gas, heat, telecoms, water and waste-water), Keele University is developing Europe’s first ‘at scale’ Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) – turning the 600-acre campus into a living laboratory where low-carbon innovations can be researched, developed and tested in a real-world environment.
This exciting project aims to establish Keele as an international centre for world-leading research into environmental sustainability.
The perfect start to your research and development career
The SEND project will bring together businesses and academia in a unique partnership – and offers a fantastic opportunity for ambitious graduate researchers to gain a PhD while working in a high-growth business sector undertaking intensive research and development of new products and services.
Joining this project, you can:
- Undertake a substantive collaborative project with an industry partner
- Work with an award-winning team on business-led research and development
- Be paid a salary starting at £22,876 per annum (three-year fixed term)
- Have your home PhD tuition fees covered
- Receive support to develop a long-term, well-paid and rewarding career
- Gain a postgraduate qualification from a world-leading university.
As the UK’s largest single campus university, Keele’s concentrated academic hub is ideal for cutting-edge research, 97% of which is classified as world-leading or of international importance (Research Excellence Framework, 2014). We also ranked 1st in England for Student Satisfaction with Course in 2018’s Guarding University Guide, and 1st in National Student Surveys in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The Smart Energy Network Demonstrator programme (ref. 32R16P00706) is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the England 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme. The programme is also part-funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).