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Research Studentship in Offshore Renewable Energy

Research Studentship in Offshore Renewable Energy

Project: Offshore Renewable Energy for Net-Zero Targets

4-year DPhil studentship 

Supervisors: Dr Christopher Vogel 

Offshore renewable energy is an important part of the UK’s electricity decarbonisation plans, with increasingly ambitious roll-out targets over the coming decades. This project will focus on solving challenges associated with delivering this challenge, which could include: understanding how wind and/or tidal stream turbine performance changes over their lifetime, the fluid dynamics of turbine farms, and/or how offshore renewable energy is incorporated into a resilient future energy system. The approach taken will depend on the candidate’s skills and interest, and which you should describe as part of the research proposal in your application.  The project will enable candidates to build a broad skillset in engineering and data science.

Suitable applicants could come from a range of backgrounds (e.g. engineering, physics, applied mathematics) provided that they have interests in numerical methods, fluid mechanics and offshore renewable energy.

The successful applicant will be a member of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures (WAMESS CDT), which is a collaboration between the Universities of Strathclyde, Oxford and Edinburgh. Further details of the WAMESS CDT programme can be found on the course page on the University’s graduate admissions website. The CDT is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, and is keen to attract applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds.

You will also be a member of the Environmental Fluid Mechanics group and will work as part ofand be supported by a team of fluid dynamicists with diverse interests spanning renewable energy and offshore fluid mechanics. Further information on the group can be found at



This studentship is funded by the Department of Engineering Science and is open to both UK and international applicants, although fees will only be covered at the Home rate. Further details about fee status can be found here under the “Fee Status” tab.

Award Value

Course fees will be covered at the level set for Home/ROI students (£8960 p.a.) and a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) will be paid at the enhanced rate applicable to WAMESS CDT students (to be confirmed, but no less than £20891 p.a.).

Candidate Requirements

Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

A first class honours, or strong upper second class degree in Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics or a related field,
Strong understanding of fluid dynamics,
Ability to undertake scientific programming in Matlab, Python, Fortran, C/C++, etc,
Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English.

The following skills are desirable but not essential:

Experience in computational fluid dynamics

Application Procedure

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be addressed to Dr Christopher Vogel (

Formal applications should be made using the online Graduate Application Form that is accessible through the WAMESS CDT course page (click the “Apply” button on the “How to Apply” tab).

When filling out the fields of the Graduate Application Form, please observe the following guidance.

On the “Course” tab:

Proposed field and title of research project: Large Wind Farm Aerodynamics

On the “Funding” tab:

Are you applying for an advertised studentship competition(s): Yes
Advertised reference code: 23ENGCI_CV2

Application deadline: noon on 9th December 2022.

Start date: 25th September 2023