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Funded PhD Scholarship 2, NUI Galway, Ireland
Project Title: Water/energy nexus
 
Supervisor: Dr. Eoghan Clifford  
 
Duration: Funded for 4 years (Structured PhD), full-time.
 
About the research:
ESIPP”, is an €11m capacity building project co-funded by Science Foundation Ireland, industry and philanthropic donation. Energy systems have evolved over decades from individual energy devices and small sub- systems into a complex set of systems, both physical (e.g. electricity grids, gas networks, etc.), institutional (e.g. regulatory and economic) and at all scales (e.g. from individual buildings to continental scale). These systems are increasingly integrated physically (e.g. combined heat and power and electric vehicles), institutionally (e.g. gas/electricity markets) and across scales (e.g. demand side management in power grids). Energy Systems Integration (ESI) is focussed on the interfaces between these systems where there are new challenges and opportunities requiring research, demonstration and deployment to reap the commercial and societal benefits.
The researchers will join a highly dynamic, international research cluster performing leading edge research on sustainable infrastructure, water and wastewater engineering and infrastructure modelling. The research team, affiliated with IRUSE, the Ryan Institute of Environment, Marine and Energy, has strong connections with leading industry and academic institutions across Europe and around the world and performs research in areas that include:
•                     Water supply, water and wastewater treatment
•                     Energy systems engineering
•                     Systems integration and optimisation
•                     Development of novel, sustainable environmental technologies
•                     Environmental life cycle assessment
The researchers will work directly with colleagues in the school of business at UCD and mechanical and manufacturing engineering at DCU as part of this project.
 
Project description:
At a consumer and end-user level the links between energy usage and water are not understood or recognised and thus water consumption is not considered as being intertwined with energy/electricity usage. A more holistic approach to consumer awareness of energy consumption should include impacts on water. For example, while in many areas electricity bills can contain information on carbon dioxide emissions associated with a consumer’s electricity usage the links between energy/electricity usage and water consumption are not made. This project will firstly identify the water usage at an individual consumer and household level associated with electricity. The whole life cycle connections between water and energy will be defined and the “water footprint” of electricity consumption modelled. The PhD will investigate methods of impacting on consumer decision making and, in conjunction with similar energy and carbon footprints, push consumers to consider water footprints when using and purchasing various water and energy saving appliances/technologies.
 
Stipend:   € 18,000 per annum & fees for 4 years.
Entry Requirements:
Applicants from a variety of backgrounds (including engineering and social science) will be considered for this position. Key criteria are as follows:
1.       A minimum honours bachelor’s degree (Level 8 honours degree or higher)
2.       Applicants should have a strong background in statistical modelling and data analysis.
3.       Strong communication and technical writing skills
4.       Aptitude for taking initiative and working independently
5.       A strong interest in sustainability and consumer interaction with technology.
6.       Fluency in both written and spoken English
 
Informal inquiries:
The PhD researcher will complete a joint PhD in NUI Galway and UCD. The student will be co-supervised by Dr. Eoghan Clifford (NUI Galway) - http://www.nuigalway.ie/engineering-informatics/civil-engineering/people/iris/eoghanclifford/ and Dr. Geertje Schuitema (UCD) - http://www.ucd.ie/research/people/business/drgeertjeschuitema/. The researcher will spend approximately 50% of their time at each institution over the duration of the 4-year PhD. Informal inquiries can be made to Dr. Clifford and Dr. Schuitema.
 
Expected start date: August/September 2016
 
How to apply:
Applicants should send a covering letter detailing why they believe they would be suitable for the position being applied for, a detailed CV and the names and addresses of at least three referees via e-mail (in Word or PDF format only) to: sean.mulligan@nuigalway.ie. Applicants must put Ref. No. NUIG/ESIPP-PhD1 in subject line of e-mail application.
 
Closing date for applications: 17:00 Friday, 15th July, 2016
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