Funded PhD Opportunity Advanced Heat Pumps and Power Cycles

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Subject: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning


This theme addresses the development of heat networks in the UK as part of the EPSRC Lot-NET project. Lot-NET at Ulster University has a number of aspects:

1. Ulster will model advanced heat networks;

2. Ulster will develop advanced high temperature heat pumps for upgrading heat;

3. Ulster will develop solar assisted heat pumps; and

4. Ulster will develop an integrated Organic Rankine Cycle/Heat Pump for heat and power flexibility.

Network modelling will incorporate the latest technologies into that modelling which will then be coupled with energy market concepts, will establish the wider value chain for future demand side management concepts. Advanced heat pumps will focus on new working fluids and compressors for domestic and industrial waste heat upgrading from novel 4th Generation heating networks develop in Lot-NET. Solar assisted and direct solar evaporators will be developed and tested.

The integrated Organic Rankine Cycle Heat Pump will explore the challenges of utilising compressors as pumps and compressors as turbines with the latter generating power. Each topic is a PhD in its own right and candidates should select which topic interests them.

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)
  • Clearly defined research proposal detailing background, research questions, aims and methodology


    Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)

    The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £15,009 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.


    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £15,009 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fees component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided).  For Non EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK.

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Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Monday 18 February 2019
Interview Date
13 March to 21 March 2019


Jordanstown campus

Jordanstown campus
The largest of Ulster's campuses

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Professor Neil Hewitt

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