Nottingham Trent University has an exciting opportunity for an Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) to be involved in delivering an EU-funded zEPHYR project whilst completing their own PhD studies. This is a generously-funded position and involves work on a project with several prestigious partners across the EU.
The PhD project, entitled “Harvesting wind energy in complex urban environment”, will look to develop a more optimal means of arranging a cluster of vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT) in an urban environment (such as urban rooftops) and integrating them into the existing structures. Vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT) are seen as the optimal option for the urban environment due to their lower noise emissions and also their adaptability for varying wind directions which are typical in the built environment. VAWTs do not need to be controlled into the wind direction to be effective which is a key advantage considering the unsteady dynamics of urban wind flow. The analysis of the complex aerodynamics of VAWT in urban environment will be done using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). In order to ensure reproducibility and ready transfer to consultancy practice, commercial software such as ANSYS-Fluent will be used. The CFD analysis will be undertaken to study the wind stream above structures and the effects of obstacles. As well as theoretical benchmarks, a case study will be developed in the City of Nottingham, UK.
The PhD will be mainly based at NTU under the supervision of Professor Anton Ianakiev and Nigel Wright and several secondments are foreseen at partner institutions of the zEPHYR network: Wageningen University (the Netherlands), Enerall Srl. (Belgium) and at IMP-PAN (Poland). The post offers an excellent opportunity to gain a PhD and develop a research profile across a range of prestigious institutions.
This research is funded by EU Marie-Curie Actions zEPHYR project. The multidisciplinary topics addressed in zEPHYR project are scientifically challenging and of high technological and economical relevance, promising interesting career perspectives in academic and multi-sectorial industrial environments.
The zEPHYR partners do strictly adhere to the ethical standards of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. We would welcome female applicants to apply, as they are currently underrepresented in this role. A strict equal opportunity, gender-neutral and internationally comparable recruitment procedure is implemented.
Applicants must satisfy some eligibility rules, in particular in terms of transnational mobility.
Applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK will be considered alongside other applications. For further information on this please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.