Sustainable Energy and Human Thermal Comfort - Engineering and Technology - PhD Studentships - University of Derby

PhD Studentship in “Sustainable Energy and Human Thermal Comfort”

College of Engineering and Technology

University of Derby

Qualification type:



Derby, UK

Funding amount:

£14,553 stipend pa + UK home tuition fees


Full Time


Placed on:

16th June 2017


16th July 2017


The week starting 31st July 2017

Start date:

September 2017


Project Descriptions

Topic: Sustainable Energy and Human Thermal Comfort


Project Overview:

This research project is in the field of energy, thermal comfort and user behaviour. The aim of the research is to improve the comfort conditions for occupants in the indoor environment and to reduce the energy consumption of the building. The project builds on and will be part of the existing research carried out for several years with high quality publications and impact in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of researchers from University of Derby, Nottingham University and the University of Sheffield. This is a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic, hardworking and innovative candidate from architecture, engineering and relevant backgrounds showing enthusiasm, knowledge and possibly publications on energy, thermal comfort or sustainable architecture areas. Past experiences in CFD simulation, Post Occupancy Evaluation skills and experimental work will be highly appreciated.


If you would like to discuss further on this project, please contact the Director of Study, Dr Sally Shahzad (

The research project will be conducted within a research team at College of Engineering and Technology, The University of Derby comprising academics, post-doctoral researchers, and technical staff. You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities at the University which has a strong multidisciplinary approach to research and innovation in the fields of materials, manufacturing, data science, mathematics and built environment.

Teaching responsibilities

Prospective candidates will also have a post graduate teaching assistant (PGTA) status within the College. On average over a calendar year a PGTA should be prepared to spend a maximum of 250 hours on teaching-related duties. These duties include teaching contact, preparation and any assessment. In practice during semesters, which extend for about 24 teaching weeks per year, the PGTA may expect on average to be engaged in teaching-related duties for about 10 hours per week. This teaching-related work should rarely exceed 20 hours in a week. In addition to days in which no engagement is expected, there should be at least a further 16 weeks each calendar year when the PGTA has no teaching duties. There is no remuneration in respect of these teaching duties. In addition to their teaching duties which automatically contribute towards their teaching development, the successful candidate is also expected to commit a minimum of a further 17 hours per week over 45 weeks each year to their programme of personal research.

Entry Requirements

At least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Data Science, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Materials Engineering or any other Applied Science.

How to apply:

In order to apply, please see the University website at In addition to the documents requested on the website, please also include with your application a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter. Completed applications should be submitted by email to, quoting reference E&T_13_PGTA_0717 in the subject line.

Studentships are available to UK/EU and International applicants. If your application is successful and you are assessed as Overseas for fees purposes, you will need to pay the difference between the Home/EU fees and the Overseas fees.