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Simulation-optimisation for resilient and sustainable supply chain network in offshore wind energy. EMPS College Home fees Studentship, PhD in Engineering. Ref: 4323

About the award

Supervisors

Lead Supervisor:

Dr Martino Luis, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

Co-supervisor:

Dr Shuya Zhong, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

Location:

Department of Engineering, Streatham Campus, Devon, University of Exeter

The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences  is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The studentship will cover Home tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,609 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. 

This College studentship is open to UK and Irish nationals, who if successful in their application will receive a full studentship including payment of university tuition fees at the home fees rate.

Project Description:

The clean offshore wind energy is gaining traction worldwide with a great development potential facing net zero target. UK is leading this thriving industry with the largest capacity installed. In early stages of development, the technical realisation is the core challenge. However, when more offshore wind farms with larger scale are in design and in operation, it comes the golden age to reshape the supply chains of offshore wind energy by taking all the stakeholders – suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, ports, farms, end-users, etc. into consideration. A smart design of supply chain network will aim to streamline costs and promote wider adoption of offshore wind energy.

We are seeking a PhD candidate interested in applying simulation software to design simulation-optimisation for resilient and sustainable supply chain network in offshore wind energy under uncertainty and disruption. We envision that this project will involve mathematical model developments and will utilise simulation, metaheuristics, and optimisation solver packages as solution procedures. We expect applicants to have a strong operational research background combined with proven interest in simulation and computer language.

Entry requirements

This studentship is open to UK and Irish nationals, who if successful in their application will receive a full studentship including payment of university tuition fees at the home fees rate.

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology. Prior knowledge and experience in the field of simulation modelling, computer programming, and nonlinear differential equations is desired.

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.0 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. 

Alternative tests may be acceptable (see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/english/).

How to apply

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents.  Please note our preferred format is PDF, each file named with your surname and the name of the document, eg. “Smith – CV.pdf”, “Smith – Cover Letter.pdf”, “Smith – Transcript.pdf”.

• CV
• Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior project work experience and reasons for
  wishing to undertake the project).
• Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an
   interim transcript if you are still studying)
• Two references from referees familiar with your academic work. If your referees prefer, they can email
   the reference direct to pgrenquiries@exeter.ac.uk quoting the studentship reference number.
• If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English.  Please see the entry requirements information above.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 10th January 2022.  Interviews will be held online on the week commencing 24th January 2022.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email pgrenquiries@exeter.ac.uk

Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor at m.luis@exeter.ac.uk

Summary

Application deadline:10th January 2022
Value:Home tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,609 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study.
Duration of award:per year
Contact: PGR Admissions Office pgrenquiries@exeter.ac.uk