Study at the forefront of energy demand research
– Are you interested in energy demand research; a complex interplay of people, buildings and economics? You could make an important contribution to lowering carbon emissions from our built stock, currently responsible for over 40% of UK energy use and emissions, and to addressing the challenge of fuel affordability.
– Are you looking for a high quality multidisciplinary doctoral training programme (MRes + PhD) in energy which gives you the opportunity to learn from experienced researchers, undertake original research at a world leading institution, undertake placements with industry and undertake a comprehensive skills and development programme?
– Are you a graduate with a good first degree in one of the following areas: physical sciences (physics, natural sciences, chemistry, materials science), statistics, mathematics, engineering (civil, mechanical, chemical, electronic, electrical), economics, social sciences or other built environment disciplines?
– Many of the challenges that we address are technical at their core, sitting within a wider social and economic context; applicants are particularly welcomed from physics, engineering and other physical science backgrounds; previous experience of energy and buildings is not required.
- We are now offering a number of fully funded studentships for entry into the 2018/19 academic year.
- As one of our students you will join a vibrant and diverse community of academics, students and a growing community of LoLo CDT alumni.
- You will be supervised by world-leading academics supported by large research teams.
- You will have the opportunity to engage closely with partners in industry, policy, NGOs and academia to pursue relevant and timely research, providing multiple routes into future employment in the rapidly expanding field of energy demand research. Opportunities include joint projects, secondments and mentoring.
- 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, multifaceted problems.
- You will receive an enhanced tax free stipend of approx. £18,000 per year (UCL) & £16,500 (Loughborough University), UK/EU fees and a generous research budget.
LoLo provides an inclusive and stimulating environment to pursue research, we welcome applications from all, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity and social background. We encourage those from groups that are traditionally not well represented in buildings research to apply.
2nd round of recruitment for 2018/2019 is NOW OPEN. Deadline for applications is 8 April 2018 23.59pm BST, interviews will take place in April/May 2018.
Please read our how and when to apply section before completing the initial application.
Please note: Recruitment is handled separately by UCL and Loughborough. Note that we do not accept applications outside of the main recruitment phases or by CV only. Please note the short listing process for applications for self-funded places may take longer than the main recruitment process.
- Being a part of the LoLo Centre has been a brilliant opportunity to meet like-minded people from a wide range of backgrounds, it's been very exciting to see this problem from so many different points of view which has given me an appreciation of the breadth of the issue and the number of different aspects that must be addressed in order to tackle it effectively. This multidisciplinary approach in particular is something that I don't think I would have gained in a traditional engineering department and will hopefully give depth and scope to my PhD.Richard JackLoLo Alumni, Loughborough University
- It’s been a great pleasure to study at the UK’s premier centre for energy demand research in the built environment. The MRes at Loughborough University provided me with the broad and multidisciplinary range of knowledge and skills required for doing research in this area. The academic staff and fellow LoLo students have been very friendly and supportive which made the four years of my studies even more enjoyable. The Loughborough matched pair test houses and the centre’s generous research budget gave me the opportunity to carry out scientific experiments which made the foundation for a number of journal publications and successfully finishing my PhD in three years.Arash BeizaeeLoLo Doctoral Research, Loughborough University
- “To obtain a competitive advantage and better protect their brand, enlightened industry players are seeking to embed an understanding of energy use, carbon emissions reductions and energy demand performance in their organisation and their products / services. This requires a high level of technical resource, including appropriately trained PhD’s. LoLo is at the forefront of addressing this skills gap”David AdamsTechnical Director, Willmott Dixon Energy Services (Chair, LoLo Advisory Board)
- "…I am acutely aware of the global need for energy researchers who have in-depth knowledge in energy demand reduction but also a broader knowledge of the whole energy system and an awareness of the multiple academic perspectives needed to deepen that knowledge... We believe that our industry in the UK has to actively prepare itself to tackle major strategic challenges in the coming decades, and that appropriately trained doctoral students will be key to this. UCL and Loughborough University are internationally leading universities which have research strengths across the full range of disciplines required to tackle these problems and train the next generation of researchers and leaders for the energy industry."Pascal TerrienFormer Chair, LoLo CDT Advisory Board/R&D Programme Director - Sustainable cities, EDF
- It is fantastic news that the LoLo CDT rebid has been successful. As part of the CDT I draw on training and support provided through the collaboration with Loughborough University, as well as a wide range of more general events hosted by UCL Energy Institute. Moreover, being surrounded by fellow PhD students at similar stages and working in varied but related fields means there is always someone to share experiences with.Mike FellLoLo Doctoral Researcher, UCL Energy Institute
- The MRes in Energy Demand Studies at UCL synthesises current energy demand issues and provides an opportunity to explore the issues from a multi-disciplinary angle and at different scales. It is a privilege to have been taught by the very best in the field and this combined with the nature of the taught element in small groups, supported with regular seminars and tutorials, allowed me to engage at an advanced intellectual level. As a student we also have access to staff's expertise and opportunities to draw on the UCL Energy Institute's research projects and data, supporting our own research interests and pursuits. The programme in particular provides a strong basis to become an independent researcher in the field.Sofie PelsmakersLoLo Doctoral Researcher, UCL Energy Institute