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Research Studentship in Wind Energy

Research Studentship in Wind Energy

Project: Aerodynamics of Large Wind Farms

4-year D.Phil. studentship

Supervisors: Dr Christopher Vogel

Offshore wind energy is becoming an increasingly important part of the UK’s energy mix thanks to a steady reduction in cost of energy, and ambitious targets have been set for the deployment of offshore wind turbines to meet net-zero targets by 2050. The growing size of turbines, coupled with the large numbers being deployed in farms, mean that the aerodynamic interactions occurring between turbines, farms, and the atmospheric boundary layer are increasingly important in evaluating energy yield and turbine loads. This studentship will use Computational Fluids Dynamics modelling to understand the aerodynamic interactions between turbines, farms and the atmosphere and how the effects of these interactions can be incorporated into engineering design tools.

The successful applicant will be part of the CDT in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures. You will be a member of the Environmental Fluid Mechanics group and will work as part of 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 jointly funded by industrial partners and through the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and is open to UK students only (full award – home fees plus stipend). Full details of the EPSRC eligibility requirements can be found here.

Award Value

Course fees are covered at the level set for UK students (c. £8290 p.a.). The stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) is c. £18532 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further three years. 

Candidate Requirements

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

  • A first class honours degree in Engineering, Physics, 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

To apply for this studentship, candidates should send the following documents to

  • Detailed CV,
  • Covering letter explaining your suitability for the studentship, what you hope to achieve from the doctorate, and your research/industry experience to date,
  • Contact details for two academic or professional referees.

NOTE: Candidates are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria available at and a full graduate application must be made at the same time as applying for this studentship.  Your studentship application will not be considered until you have submitted a graduate application. Further details about making a graduate application are available at

Please quote 22ENGCP_CV in all correspondence to the Department and in your graduate application.

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

Application deadline:  noon on 3rd December 2021

Start date: October 2022