Powertrains for offshore wind turbines

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Electrical Power Conversion team looking at offshore wind powertrain technology at the University of Edinburgh. According to the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, the UK aims to have installed 30GW of offshore wind by 2030, leading to >27,000 jobs. You will be guided and supported by an academic team who have a long track record of working together and of mentoring and graduating doctoral students.

This PhD is part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures (CDT WAMSS), which is jointly led by the Universities of Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Oxford. In the first year of study, you will attend several courses in wind and marine energy equivalent to a master-degree. This training will give you a broad background which will complement the in-depth research phase of the PhD.

During the first year, you, along with the supervisors and industrial partners will jointly develop and refine a detailed research proposal. Suggested research topics include:

  1. Mechanical modelling of direct-drive wind turbine generators
  2. Powertrain and Generator Design and Optimisation
  3. Reliable Wind Turbine Powertrains

Please feel free to contact the principal supervisor to discuss this opportunity, how it would work with your circumstances and fit into your future career development aspirations.

Further Information: 

For more information on the CDT WAMSS, see https://www.eng.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate/degrees/cdt/wind-and-marine-energy...

The University of Edinburgh is committed to equality of opportunity for all its staff and students, and promotes a culture of inclusivity. Please see details here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/equality-diversity

Closing Date: 

Friday, July 8, 2022

Principal Supervisor: 


Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.


EPSRC funded (see EPSRC student eligibility). Tuition fees + stipend available for applicants who qualify as Home applicants. (International applicants not eligible).
To qualify as a Home student, you must fulfil one of the following criteria:
• You are a UK applicant.
• You are an EU applicant with settled/pre-settled status who also has 3 years residency in the UK/EEA/Gibraltar/Switzerland immediately before the start of your programme.
Applications are also welcomed from those who have secured their own funding through scholarship or similar.

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