UCL Energy Institute


Recruitment is now open for 2016/17 – up to 15 fully funded studentships available

4 December 2015

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Industrialised economies face three major energy challenges: climate change, energy affordability and security of supply. Over 40% of the UK’s energy demand, and carbon emissions, is associated with buildings, yet there is much we can do to improve our built stock and how we interact with it.

Energy demand and buildings is a complex socio-technical problem and must be understood better if we are deliver UK targets. However, the sector faces a skills shortage: we need more highly qualified graduates to work in government, industry, NGOs and academia.

The LoLo CDT is the premier Centre for energy demand research in the built environment in the UK, bringing together two leading energy research universities, UCL and Loughborough University. LoLo is funded to train a large student cohort to address our skills shortage. Our graduates are expected to take senior roles throughout the economy.

The LoLo CDT provides world-class PhD training, including opportunities to work with leading researchers, placements with industry and a comprehensive skills and development programme. Applicants are welcomed with good degrees from diverse backgrounds, reflecting our multidisciplinary research; previous experience of energy and buildings is not required.

Why apply

  • As a LoLo student you will join active research groups, supporting a wide range of projects, in a unique student-focused environment with ample opportunities to engage with leading researchers, industry and policy makers.
  • Our four-year funded PhD programme combines a one year Master of Research (MRes) and a three year doctorate (PhD). This structure builds a firm foundation of skills, knowledge and research experience, steadily progressing into world-leading research.
  • The MRes covers thermodynamics, energy systems in the built environment, energy modelling and analysis, social sciences, policy, and energy economics.
  • PhDs will be individually tailored and matched to our core strengths.
  • As part of your studies, you will gain business and innovation skills; project and programme management skills; teamwork, communication and leadership skills; and the ability to seek solutions to complex, multi-faceted problems.
  • UCL-Energy and Loughborough University are offering up to 15 fully funded studentships for entry into the 2016/17 academic year to eligible applicants.
  • You will receive a stipend which is tax free plus UK/EU fees for four years (conditions apply). Stipend for UCL will be approx. £17,900 while stipend for Loughborough University will be approx.  £16,500

Please see our join us section for further details and how to apply. The first round of recruitment closes on Friday 29th January 2016.